Cheap flights to Pays de la Loire

An extensive region located in the north-western end of France, and a little to the west and south-west of Paris, Pays de la Loire is a recent creation in the late 20th century to serve as a zone of influence for its capital, Nantes, deemed as one of the balancing metropolis. Interestingly, the name of the regions is based on purely geographical references, with Pays referring to the lands and de la Loire, referring to the Loire River, the longest river in France of which the region partly covers. Historically, it covers the old provinces of Brittany, Anjou, Maine, and Poitou. It also covers the lower stretches of the Loire River, the longest river in France. As a newly created region, Pays de la Loire is not one of France’s historic regions, but collectively speaking, its historical provinces are worthy of visit. The region is also on the brink of losing its stature once France modernised its territorial administration. Sounds confusing? Don’t be. Don’t think, and just head straight here to see for yourself how this newly created region fares with other historical cities in France.

Once the capital of Brittany, Nantes is now deemed as the capital of Pays de la Loire. Despite the title, it still has strong historical connections with the adjoining region of Brittany. It was once an important port which was located 50km up the Loire River. Here, you can visit some notable districts such as the Place du Bouffay, a district in the old Nantes area. Here you can find the ancient medieval quarter of Nantesvieux, which was famous for its Breton culture. It is also home to a number of restaurants that features foreign food. You can also visit the l'Ile de Versailles, an island in the Erdre river close to the city centre. You can reach it by boarding the Tram line 2. The entire island is amazingly a Japanese garden, which is truly a pleasant place to relax. Of course, you wouldn’t want to leave Nantes without having a taste of its world renowned crêpes. For an interesting treat, you should try the buckwheat crêpes, or locally known as the galettes de sarrasin.

You can also visit the walled city of Guérande, which literally translates to white land. It is famous for its medieval town and is one of the rare cities to have preserved its ramparts in its entirety. You can visit the medieval town, which was amazingly preserved with the help of the modern architecture that adapts to reflect the latest artillery developments. The primary landmark of the town is the Saint Aubin’s Church, which was built during the 15th and the 16th century. Guérande is also home to the locally produced Breton salt, and it is for this matter that you should visit the salt marshes. The 2,000 hectares is divided into two zones, from which about 250 salt workers harvest 12000mt of salt a year.

How to get around within Pays de la Loire

From the Nantes Atlantique Airport, you have three options to get to town. You can either board a bus which runs from the main train station, or take the tram line 3 in the direction Neustrie, then take the Aeroport Bus, or you can get off at the tram stop Pirmil then take the bus line 98 to the stop Aéroport.

How to get there

To get into the region, you can fly into the Nantes Atlantique Airport, which has regular connections to Paris, Lyon, and other cities in France. Airlines that fly through the airport include Ryanair, British Airways, and Flybe.

You can also get into Poitiers International Airport which offers daily connections from London from Stansted with Ryanair, and Lyon, a major French hub. You can also get into the region through the La Rochelle Airport, which is quite close both La Rochelle town centre and the Île de Ré. 

Flights to Pays de la Loire

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