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Ancenis and its banks of Loire

Ancenis castle

The castle of Ancenis is listed as historical monument. It was established in the Middle Ages by Aremberge, count bishop's wife Guérech from nantes.
Because of its strategic position, it suffered of numerous sieges during the 12th and 16th centuries.


You have to look at the entry châtelet of the castle dating from 1454 (interpretive pannels on site) and walk in the Eperon garden. Near the suspension bridge, Joachim du Bellay looks at his little village, Liré.

The castle and its ramparts were destroyed and the ditches were filled during the Mad War on the order ofAnne de Bretagne, under guardianship of her owner, Jean IV de Rieux, Lord of Ancenis.

The Renaissance entrance of the castle has an interesting defensive feature : a drawbridge precedes the harrow. This one was restored in the 60's.

The Renaissance Logis served as residence for Claude 1er de Rieux and his wife, Suzanne de Bourbon. Built on a gothic structure, the decoration of the facade dates from the first Renaissance. its restoration has just been completed.

From the 17th century, dismantled by Richelieu, the castle lost its curtains sections and its towers. The moats were filled during the construction of the docks of the Loire in the 19th century.

Ancenis market

Market on thursday morning and on saturday morning.

To do asolutely

Have a dring on a terrace with friends in front of the Loire

Taste Loire fishes in front of the Loire

To relax

The jean Blanchet Aquatic Center welcomes you the whole year for a moment of relaxation. Sports pool, leisure pool, wading pool, jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, UVA space... wait only for you !
On summer, the Charbonnière swimming pool, next to the Loire, takes over and offers you night experiences !

Animations all year long

During the spring, place to the discovery of migratory birds at the Grée swamp observatory and house.

On summer, place to "couleurs parasols", shows at the open-air theater in front of Loire, and guided tours.

On autumn, go to visit the House of wines, our wine merchants and our wine growers.

On winter, place to chinese lanterns walk, Santa Claus carriage, christmas songs and roast chestnuts and skating rink !

Discover Ancenis via the Loire by bike route

The best way of discovering Ancenis is certainly with a bike. The Loire by bike route, a cycling itinerary on the banks of Loire allows you to organise your stay on your own (accomodation, catering, visits...)

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