Set in the picturesque region of Pays de la Loire in west France, the small historical town of Saumur stands proud, mainly due to its iconic chateau that looks out over the River Loire. This graceful creation with its fairy-tale turrets is majestic, and visiting it is a must whilst in this pretty town. Saumur is full of typical medieval cobbled streets. Amongst them you’ll find boutique shops, beautiful bistros and restaurants, all leading on to the main hub of the town – the Place St Pierre, from which you can view the eponymous Eglise St Pierre. And on a Saturday morning there’s a lovely market selling anything from fresh local produce to music, flowers and clothes. Situated on France’s longest river, it’s the perfect place to explore the river, take a picnic and just be. Then, take a walk around the world-renowned Loire Valley, stopping in at a vineyard or two for a glass of something sparkly. Saumur is an elegant little town with a grand chateau set amongst celebrated countryside – just lovely.