- City walks
- City walks
In the heart of a city, it is possible to feel ‘away from it all’. In Angers, urban life co-exists in harmony with green space and water. With parks, pedestrian streets that meander through the historic districts and pathways alongside the river, they all beg to be explored. Take in the air, take in the view and make sure you visit the Parc Balzac, the Jardin du Mail, La Doutre and the area around the castle.
Discover the Château d'Angers, perched high above the Maine river, dominating the town with its 17 towers of shale and tufa stone. Cross the drawbridge and the threshold of the castle walls to discover this fortress built in the 13th century, which houses the exceptional Tapestry of the Apocalypse, the largest known medieval tapestry in the world.
Between the castle and the Cathedral, discover the rue Toussaint or the "street of antiques": a paradise for bargain hunters! Continue your journey through time strolling along the cobbled streets and alleyways of the old town, taking you to the steps of the Montée Sainte-Maurice, where the high-angled view of the Saint Maurice cathedral gives it an even more impressive dimension.
At the foot of the cathedral, you will find yourself at the Place Sainte Croix, one of the oldest commercial centres in Angers. This little square, lined with old houses, is the home of the picturesque Maison d'Adam.
Now enter the Doutre district via the pont de Verdun, the oldest in Angers, across the Maine. In this district, the oldest in the city, whose heritage is visible in its cobbled streets and its little alleyways, you will see some old bourgeois residences with freestone facades, discreet mansion houses and numerous timber-framed houses.
From the quai des Carmes is a superb view over the river and the port. Stop for a gastronomic treat at the houseboat-restaurants moored at the Cale de la Savatte. Continue to Le Quai Forum des Arts Vivants where the panoramic terrace offers uninterrupted views over the old town, the cathedral and the château.
On an architectural front, La Doutre has much to offer. Your route will take you past the L’hôpital Saint-Jean, one of the oldest hospitals in France. It has housed the Chant du Monde tapestry by Jean-Lurçat since 1967. This ensemble of 10 tapestries is a contemporary echo of the tapestry of the Apocalypse.