Saumur has a long history with horses as it was home to the
French Calvary Academy, and is home to the Cadre Noir
horsemen, based at the French National Riding School, whose
performances of riding tricks and skills only helps confirm
their status as some of the best horsemen in the world. The
annual Carousel (an equestrian show that takes place in
July) draws thousands of visitors.
Website : http://www.cadrenoir.co.uk/
home to the
(which replaced the
and there is a tank museum- Musee
des Blindes- with the largest
and perhaps the world. The collection offers an opportunity
to have an uninterrupted technical and historical overview
of the tank since its first appearance on the battlefield.
The chateau originates
from the 14th century but it was in the 15th
that it was made into a comfortable residence by Duke Rene
d’ Anjou. During its long history it has been the governor’s
house, a jail before the town purchased it in 1906 to
restore and turn it into the tourist attraction it is today.
The former royal apartments now house two museums – ‘Musee
des Arts Decoratifs’ and
Cheval’. The first houses European china and tapestries with
the second located in the attic of the chateau being
dedicated to equestrian pursuits where you are taken into a
world of saddlery from across
the world –all lovingly worked.
Saumur has its
annual 'Vintage Velo' weekend in June
See our blog post
Official website for the festival...here
For Wine Lovers...
the Anjou region 28 different wine labels happily live
together with two grape varieties
dominating the scene: Chenin for white wines like Saumur,
Saumur-Champigny as well as
rosés: Cabernet d'Anjou, Rosé de
Loire and Rosé d'Anjou. The
Saumur wines never fail to please with their sparkling
variety being just what you need, well chilled, on a hot
summer’s day to get that light feeling that allows you to
slip into ‘French mode’ easily.
About 7km from Saumur at Parnay,
you can taste and buy red and sparkling Saumur-Champigny
wines from the troglodyte caves of the Château
The Grande Tablée of
July and 1st August :
At Place de la République in Saumur for two nights only, the
biggest restaurant in the world is formed using two
kilometres of tables. 3 tonnes of galia melons and red
fruits, 2,5 tonnes of cold meats and 3000 bottles of Saumur-Champigny
are served. Numerous musical presentations help make this
evening a rousing success. The
food is not brilliant but the occasion is amazing - and the
wine's not bad, either.
You need to book in advance.