A hundred years ago, half the population around Doué-la-Fontaine lived and worked belowground! Cave-dwelling is obviously rarer now, but a multitude of other uses have sprung up since.
Artists and craftspeople are particularly inspired by the mellow rock. An aesthetic setting for workshops and studios, caves also provide a constant temperature and humidity ideal for maturing wines and growing mushrooms!
Add to this eclectic set of tourist sites an old farm, an astounding village, a gallery of medieval stone statues, a museum of miniature carved monuments - and of course places to enjoy hospitality!
So after your busy exploring, you can try the comforts of modern troglodytic life in a restaurant or gîte.
With wine-cellars, art galleries and cosy tourist accommodation, cave-dwelling in Anjou Loire Valley is not just history! From tufa limestone quarry to purpose-dug home, the...