Pays de la Loire
Departments: Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Sarthe and Vendée
Located in the north west of France, the Pays De La Loire is named after the River Loire which crosses the region and leaves on its Atlantic coastline at Nantes. The region's economy is based on agriculture and industry such as ship building. Vineyards in the area produce Muscadet and Saumur wines which compliment perfectly the oysters and other seafood readily available. Another thriving industry here is tourism and a number of resorts are to be found along the coast. The capital of the region is Nantes, a university town which was previously the capital of Brittany. The climate of the region is excellent with mild but damp winters and long sunny summers.