What can you see or do around Saumur?
The first thing guests ask is what is there to see and do in the area around Moulin2Roues - there's lots and so we have some information for you to either think about before you get here or we will tell you about when you do!
We have yet to visit all of these places and so you might want to check them out on the web before finalising your plans.
Distances and times are by car so if you are pedalling you should make allowances!
Things to do near the Mill
Cycling in the Thouet Valley
Our guesthouse is on 2 popular cycle routes (at the end of our drive!):
La Vélo Francette
and is just a few minutes ride from La Loire à Vélo in Saumur.
Our sister business SaumurBikeHire operates from here and we are therefore able to offer a variety of bikes for hire - mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, touring bikes, road bikes, electric bikes and tandems together with bikes for young people, trailers and tag-alongs.
Fish & Chirps
Not just for the birds, trying to catch fish is also the number one sport for the people of France!
Some say here on the Thouet you could find bream, roach, trout, carp, pike, catfish and zander. All we know is they might not want to be found! Here a list of what lurks within these water!
Take some time to appreciate the variety of bird life here! Herons, egrets, cormorants, wood peckers, king fishers, swans!, wagtails, wrens, robins, buzzards.. the list goes on! We challenge you to find something new to add!
Probably the best way to see the river
It is possible to rent canoes at a few places on the Thouet.
We have kayaked (is there such a word?) both upstream and downstream from here. The most significant thing you notice is the tranquillity - just the sound of your paddle entering the water.
Let us know what you want to do and we will help you sort your trip on the river.
Activities and Attractions in the Saumur area
Restaurants & bars & quick!
We have a separate page for this as the list is potentially a big one!
Whilst we could tell you of the great eating experiences we or our visitors have had (and the bad ones), it's probably best for you to decide for yourselves - tripadvisor lists most of these so you might want to check your eatery of choice before committing!
Château de Brézé
2 Rue du Château
Tel: +33 (0)2 41 51 60 15
Whilst another Château this one is a bit different - its unique in that it has underground tunnels cut into the sides of what was to have been the moat!
We think the story goes that it was to have been moated but the engineers hadnt quite understood that the moat was higher up than the river that was going to supply the water - now it's just a huge empty ditch instead!
Château de Montreuil-Bellay
Place des Ormeaux
Tel: +33 (0)2 41 52 33 06
A few minutes south of the mill is the really picturesque château of Montreuil-Bellay. You can see many of the rooms most of which are very elegantly decorated and being at the top of a hill the views of the surrounding area from here are spectacular.
Do check but tours can usually be provided in English and there is usually a wine tasting at the end to help conclude a great visit!
Fontevraud Royal Abbey
Tel: + 33 (0)2 41 51 73 52
Many of our guests return with a "much better than expected" report!
The Abbey is the biggest in Europe and its architecture is breathtaking! It is also surrounded by some beautiful gardens/parkland.
Possibly the most significant aspect of this place for the English is that this is the final resting place of Richard the Lionheart. For the French perhaps because it is where his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was laid to rest.
Château de Saumur
Tel: + 33 (0)2 41 40 24 40
Have been asked "where is it" !
The Château de Saumur dominates the skyline of the town and is visible from a long way away. It has to be the most photographed building in the Maine et Loire!
The original building was constructed over 1000 years ago and there have been several rebuilds and changes of use under the stewardship of different owners.
BIOPARC de Doué
103 rue de Cholet
49700, Doué la Fontaine
Tel: +33(0)2 41 59 18 58
The Zoo de Doué is the home to over 1000 animals and is certainly popular judging by the amount of cars and coaches there during the summer months. The zoo is rated the second best in France.
The landscaping at Bioparc is particularly attractive - beautiful plants with the animal enclosures created out of the former stone quarry - it looks very natural!
There is also a great restaurant where you feel like you are on safari!