Sustainable tourism

Best practices on the go

In Destination Saumur Val de Loire, we appreciate the simple pleasure of hiking in the heart of nature and the feeling of freedom that it gives us. To preserve the environment and ensure its safety, it is however important to follow a few rules... Overview of good practices to adopt on hiking trails!

Some tips for...

A responsible stroll in Saumur and its surroundings

The brands

Stay on the beaten path: the paths are traces of our passage, where vegetation cannot grow back.


In nature, you are with animals, so you have to respect their environment, not feed them, not make too much noise, and observe them from afar.

The flora

Within the Loire Anjou Touraine Regional Natural Park and any natural site, many species of flowers or plants are protected.


  • Bring your waste back with you
  • Do not relieve yourself in nature (or otherwise bring them back with your waste)
  • Prepare your own snack (zero waste picnic)


Do not make a fire, and beware of the still hot ashes.


  • Control your dog and keep it on a leash
  • Do not leave your dog's droppings on trails and other places of passage.


Everything to prepare

A zero waste picnic


I use flasks for water, insulated flasks for tea or coffee. If I take wine, I favor returnable bottles. By bike, I can take my bottles with the Bouclée©


I use my glasses, my plates and my cutlery, which I will wash afterwards. Similarly, I use a tablecloth and cloth napkins.


I put my food in boxes or in bee-wraps, which I can wash and reuse later.
I can put my trash in there and take it home.


I prepare my picnic by cooking homemade dishes that are easy to transport: sandwiches, salads, cakes... and I add unpackaged foods (raw vegetables, cheeses, fruits, etc.)

Consume responsibly

I favor local and seasonal products, bought in shops in my place of stay.

For an unforgettable stay

Nature visits & activities


This is the most natural way to discover the landscapes, fauna and flora of our territory!

The paths of Saumur Val de Loire will make you discover vineyards, edges of the Loire, forests, castles, megalithic sites, churches and abbey, without forgetting the troglodytes.

Walks and hikes

Hiking in the vineyards of Saumur Loire Valley

Bike routes and circuits

Saumur Val de Loire allows you to pedal on the national routes of "La Loire à Vélo", "Vélo Francette" or even "Vélobuissonnière", but not only!

More than 300 marked km, in the north and south of Saumur, will allow you to discover varied landscapes.

Cycling itineraries and loops

Horse trails and rides

200 km of marked equestrian routes will allow you to get away from it all and explore an exceptional environment.

By loop or roaming, on horseback or in a team, escape between forests, vineyards, megaliths or even troglodytes.

Equestrian circuits

Playful visits

Thanks to the Baludik application on smartphone, connected treasure hunts offer you new visits in complete autonomy to discover cities, the vineyard...

Connected treasure hunts


Discover our Towns and Villages, crisscross the alleys and the edges of rivers, there are so many nuggets to discover off the beaten track!

Towns & villages with intact charm

Parks and Gardens

Nature and garden lovers will be sure to visit our parks, gardens and rose gardens in the spring.

Parks, gardens, rose gardens

Stroll to the Foullon Rose Garden


The region of Saumur offers the fisherman, experienced or beginner, many possibilities to practice fishing in fresh waters. Find out where to fish and local regulations.

Fishing Info

Nautical activities

Saumur Val de Loire is crossed by the Loire. By boat, canoe, paddle, or kayak, navigate this wild river and observe the fauna and flora of the Loire up close.

Canoeing and boating  Boat trips

Canoe descent

Sports activities

Enjoy the great outdoors, your way and at your own pace!

Golf   Trail

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