Saumur Travel Guide

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Saumur Highlights

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     Nice town, by the Loire River 

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     Lots of traffic jams 

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     Would like to visit again 

Saumur Things to Do

  • WALK THE OLD TOWN

    As with all of these very old cities, I find it interesting to go walking. In Saumur, once again I found the half- timbered buildings and I also found some a building with some interesting Sculptures. There were some old Churches, and a pedestrian area where we enjoyed a coffee in an outdoor setting.Website is in french.

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  • SAUMUR WAR MEMORIAL

    The War Memorial, for soldiers who lost their lives in the 1st and 2nd World Wars, was located by the Loire River, just down from the bridge.A different war memorial to what I have seen, I thought it was rather nice. It featured a Horse, and I wondered if that was because Saumur is known for its Horse's.

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  • SAUMUR BRIDGE

    This bridge, is a very busy traffic bridge over the Loire River in Saumur. A bridge with arches, I had seen excellent reflection photo's of this bridge. Well, it wasn't my day, the wind was up a bit, so no reflections. Remember to head riverside for "that" special photo if the weather is right!

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  • SAUMUR CASTLE

    High on a hill in Saumur, overlooking Saumur and the Loire River, is the Saumur Castle. Built during the 13th century, it was the residence of the dukes of Anjou. In 1480 Saumur returned to the estates of Louis XI, King of France, following the death of King Rene, the last duke of Anjou. It later became home for the town governors, a prison and a...

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  • Musee des Blindes

    If you are even half way interested in tanks then you absolutely must find your way to this museum. It is heavy on French tanks, but it is huge and it seems like it has every tank ever built from every country that built them from the very first ones in WW1 to those being used in Afghanistan. I was overwhelmed fairly early, but my son and DH lasted...

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  • Brilliant Breze

    In the heart of 20 hectacres of wooded park, Chateau de Breze is surrounded by its own vineyards.This is an exceptional troglodytic site. Beneath the castle is an incredible, exceptional underground labyrinth. Highly recommend.

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  • Langlois Chateau wine cellars

    Nice privately guided introduction to famous wine producer.Sweet red sparkling wine is worth of tasting in addition to the more classic dry bubbles.

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  • Tourist office

    First thing you might want to do is visit the tourist office. They have lots of free brochures about things to do.There's a national equestrian school for instance. The castle, winetasting, various museums.Personally I recommend a leasurely stroll to discover the town center.On their website there is an English google translation link at the very...

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  • Walk about town

    Saumur is an easy town to discover on foot. If you have a look at a Saumur map (for instance at www.viamichelin.com), we walked east from Place de la Bilange (at the bridge) to the castle at Rue d'Anjou, then south all the way to the church Notre Dame Nantilly and then down to Rue Franklin Roosevelt to have a drink and then to Place Saint Pierre...

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  • Notre Dame de Nantilly

    We made quite a stroll through Saumur. After visiting the castle grounds we walked uphill again and then with a loop down to the city center, passing this church that's a little out of the way. It is the oldest church in Saumur, dating back to the 11th and 12th century. It has very old tapestries. A wooden statue of Mary with Child was found in the...

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  • Saturday market

    A lovely browse along all the stalls. It really is colourful streetlife. It's not common to bargain in France. But nonetheless, you might pick up a nice new bag or something for your garden.

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  • Chateau Saumur

    The ramparts of this chateau were blown away by a landslide in 2001 and have recently been restored. It was not yet finished in 2006 but by the looks of below website, it has now been finished and you can visit again.A beautiful view over the Loire valley from the castle grounds!

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Saumur Restaurants

  • Excellent service

    Good Food, nice atmosphere, excellent staff most been there at least four years some longer. Surperb position for watching any entertainment outside the theatre. duck in any form, their salads are wonderful

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  • Enjoy the local cuisine

    I havd forgotten the name of this restaurant but luckily the name was on one of my photos. It was in an old part of Saumur, the 4th photo in this tip shows the restaurant building. Situated on a little square with more restaurants. You can see that we enjoyed ourselves tremendously with oysters and a lovely meat and fish dish. There are plenty of...

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  • Great seafood

    Small and lively restaurant just stonethrow from the city center. Very popular amongst the locals and tourists. The blue tables and chairs (of plastic) in terrace are crowded with the seafood enthuastics. Mussels and huge paella were extremely delicious. Equally esgargots are worth tasting.Wines are not too expensive.

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Saumur Transportation

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    Bridge by Saumur over the river Loire

    by ATLC Written Feb 19, 2008

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    There are various bus lines in Saumur, though as a visitor I didn't have the need for them because you can discover Saumur on foot and I did have a car too.

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Saumur Shopping

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    by ATLC Written Feb 19, 2008

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    Not describing a specific shop here. Obviously I didn't buy anything. But I enjoyed browsing around town in the little busy streets with lots of fashion, bags and shoes, eateries, bookshops.... enjoy!

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Saumur Warnings and Dangers

  • What's a German warning doing here?

    We came across this funny sign in German. It reads:Vorsicht, freilaufende Hunde ausser Besichtingungsperiode.Wann Hunde kommen, flach auf den Boden legen und auf Hilfe warten. Viel GluckThat means: outside opening hours there are dogs on the loose. When dogs come, lie flat on the ground and wait for help. Good luck!That must be a joke. And if not,...

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  • Warning to self...

    Just to remind myself not to encourage hubby to wear a crisp white, ironed shirt when going out to dinner. It went ok with the oysters. But after his steak arrived...oh heck, it just belongs to one of those fun holiday memories.Some silly photos of before and after the deed of spilling!

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Saumur Tourist Traps

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    by ATLC Updated Feb 20, 2008

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    Saumur is a lively old town which deserved quite a bit of exploring on foot. Bustling country town life, people watching, browsing shops, enjoying a drink, all of which distracted us pleasantly
    That meant we never made it to the museum of old French military vehicles (Musee des Blindes), or the National Equestrian School (there is a big offer of horseriding activity in the area) or indeed interiors of some more churches.
    Neither did we visit the Dolmen de Bagneux. Probably because we have some fine pre-historical examples in our own country.
    We did not see the Center of Contemporary Art or the Motor Museum. We did our winetasting at dinner and along the way outside Saumur.

    Unique Suggestions: Well, have a look at the tourist office website, for more details. Remember there is a Google translation link at the bottom left.

    Museums: http://www.ot-saumur.fr/Musees-traditions_r24.html or click here
    Archeology: http://www.ot-saumur.fr/Archeologie_r19.html or click here

    Plan more time and visit what you like!

    Fun Alternatives: What we did do is visit castles in the neighbourhood, of which I am yet to build pages.
    The nearest is Chateau Boumois which was also near our hotel. See the warning tip here :-)

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Saumur What to Pack

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    by ATLC Updated Feb 19, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: A nice printable map (PDF) of Saumur and surrounding area at the link below.
    Of course, if you want detailed maps, you can use www.viamichelin.com.

    A good guide to Loire castles is the green Michelin guide. The English version has ISBN: 9782067119239

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Saumur Off The Beaten Path

  • Final resting place of two English Kings

    Fontevraud Abbaye is in a quaint little village by the same name. Located southeast of Saumur it is built of the light tuffa stone that is found in the area. At sunset the stone takes on a beautiful golden tone. Staying at the hotel in the abbaye allowed wandering around the grounds at night and free entrance to the abbaye tour. We began in the...

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  • Saumur with a link to Pennsylvania

    This little story is about a Scottish doctor called Marc Duncan, who was given a position in Saumur to teach Greek, Philosophy and Medicine at the Protestant Academy of Saumur in 1606. He married in Saumur and built this nice house. He even declined a position offered by the English king James 1 (who was a Scot and protestant) as his personal...

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  • Rochemenier Troglodyte village

    This was a little hard to find, but we felt it was worth the effort. Up until very recently people lived and worked the fields above and lived in the caves which had been dug below the surface. The village has been well preserved and is complete with tools, furniture, farm implements, pictures, wine presses etc. We were given a very good english...

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Saumur Favorites

  • 15 minute film about Saumur

    Enjoy this film online about Saumur and the area.It's at http://www.regards-scenographie.fr/pti/film_v3.htm or click here

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  • Picnic on the Loire

    Candes St Martin was at the end of the road. And at the end of the road was a parking area and a little bit of green grass and picnic tables, but a blanket would work too. It was the idyllic picnic setting.

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  • Art Festival in Montreuil-Bellay

    LE FESTIVAL "L'ART EN FETE"5. - 8. May 2005Au mois de mai à Montreuil-BellayProgrammes, renseignements et réservations auprès de l'Office de TourismePlus d'infos sur le festival de l'Art en Fête :http://festiart.9online.fr

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