West of France : Loire Valley, Brittany...

The Pays de la Loire region is very renown for its many castles—most of which were built or substantially altered during the French Renaissance—as a result of when the court of the king was settled in the region. There is no exhaustive list of the Loire Castles. Rather, they are generally ascribed to the former provinces of Anjou, Tourraine and Orléanais, and some even extend themselves up to the doors of Nantes, Brittany’s old province, or to those of Nevers. The Val de Loire is today inscribed on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Further west is Brittany, a land filled with pre-historical sites and shaped by the heritage of the Celtic tribe.