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City with a floral heart

The city of Cholet, which is found in western France, in the chateaux strewn countryside of the Pays de la Loire region, is a city with a floral heart, a city which loves to bedeck itself with stunning floral displays in summer and which is proud of its green spaces. One of the largest cities in the region, and once the military capital of the Vendée, Cholet has a population of some 57,000 souls, and is a lively and thriving modern city both economically and culturally.

On the right bank of the river...

The city of Cholet lies on the right bank of the River Moine. Although it was largely depopulated in the Wars of the Vendée, the city has been rebuilt and redeveloped to become the fascinating and important town that it is today. Cholet has museums and art galleries, graceful churches, the most important cattle market in France and a highly successful basketball team to boot! There are numerous megalithic monuments, and also some more modern buildings of interest such as the Church of the Scared Heart.

Blue beard's Castle

Cholet has the dubious distinction of housing "Blue Beard's Castle"… the one time home of the terrible Gilles de Rais, torturer and all round very bad guy! It makes an interesting place to visit though, and the stories are fascinating as long as you are not too squeamish.

Parks and gardens

One place on the "really must visit" list is the beautiful Japanese Garden for which Cholet is famed. The city prides itself on its many parks and gardens, and also of particular note is the Parc de Moine, which is a large park with sports facilities, play areas for children, floral displays and nature trails to enjoy.

Festivals and fêtes

Cholet has a good selection of festivals and fêtes throughout the year, and these are always worth joining in. In addition to these traditional pleasures, Cholet has a great selection of shops, with everything from the ubiquitous hypermarkets to small and intriguing boutiques and craft shops. Don't miss the opportunity to buy some of the beautiful linen handkerchiefs which have made Cholet famous, as they make lovely gifts for people back in the UK. There are also some excellent restaurants in Cholet, and the choice of cuisines and ambience means that there should be something to suit all tastes. For a refreshing change from the usual wine list, try the sparkling wines and delicate ciders which are made locally.

Out and about

Cholet is in the west of central France, and therefore well placed for further exploration. The city of Nantes is close enough for a shopping or sightseeing day trip, and a little further south you can find Poitiers with the fascinating Futuroscope theme park. The countryside of the Pays de la Loire is dotted with beautiful chateaux, many of which are open to visitors at certain times. The local tourist office will have the times and contact details. Saumur, home of the French Cadre Noir, the crack horse riding troop, is a must see for anyone who is interested in horses, and Angers, the department's capital, is also a great place to visit.

Sporting activities available

If your idea of heaven is to spend less time sightseeing and more time getting active, then you will also find plenty to please you in the area. Cholet has sports and leisure centres and swimming pools, and there are also lakes and rivers for swimming, fishing, sailing and windsurfing. The countryside around the town offers opportunities for golf, horse-riding, walking and cycling.

How to get there

If you want to fly from the UK, you can choose to fly into Tours, Nantes or Angers. Tours is served by Ryanair, Angers by flybe, and Nantes by GB Airways, Ryanair and Aer Arann. The train is also an option, as you can take Eurostar to Paris then link to a TGV for Nantes.

Property prices and availability in and around Cholet

The market is buoyant, with prices rising steadily and properties selling well. There are still lots of good properties to be found, they just don't stay on the market long! Interest in this department is increasing all the time, so buying property in Cholet could be a clever investment if you don't wait too long.

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WHERE IS Cholet?

Cholet is found in the west of France, in the south-west of the Maine-et-Loire department.

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Pays de la Loire Guide

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Maine-et-Loire Guide

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Population: 57,000

Access: By air: Fly to Nantes (GB Airways, flybe, Ryanair, Aer Arann), Tours (Ryanair) or Angers (flybe). By rail: There is a TGV stop at Nantes, making train travel easy and fast.

Economy: The economy of the town is, famously, the manufacture of linen handkerchiefs. Other industries include cotton and woollen fabrics, granite, and fat cattle, sheep and pigs.

Interesting fact: Cholet has the highly unusual claim to fame that one of the Wombles (a popular children's programme), was named after it.

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