Looking to the future, this modern city has yet managed to conserve the quality of life you expect of a small town.
A young, dynamic site with an exceptional heritage, situated in the west of France, only 90 minutes from Paris and 60 minutes from the Atlantic.
There are 270 thousand inhabitants, of whom 39% are between 20 and 40 years. The thirty thousand students attend two universities or one of the twenty or so 'Grandes Ecoles’. More than a thousand professors or research workers live and work in and around Angers.
Situated within the heart of the Loire valley, part of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site , Angers and its region possesses rich historical and cultural attributes, notably its superb castle and its stately homes ('châteaux'). Through the Anjou region flow numerous rivers, creating some vast natural spaces. It’s considered by many to be one of the most beautiful regions of Europe.
A scientific and economic centre of consequence.
Because of the long tradition of horticulture in Anjou, Angers is today the most important centre for crop production and processing in Europe, notably seeds. Because it was already a high technology crop centre, the European Union decided to establish in Angers its central office for the protection of new plant varieties and their breeders, the CPVO (Community Plant Variety Office) .
It’s also a first class economic centre for the automobile and truck industry, for the food industry, for the computer hardware industry, for banks, insurance, and logistics companies. Some of the major European firms , which have chosen to set up manufacturing facilities here, are Cointreau, Giffard, Novartis Seeds, Vilmorin Clause, Pomanjou, Scania, Bosch, Valeo, Motorola, Packard Bell, NEC, Thomson, Tibbet & Britten, Calberson…
A multiresource cultural activity.
Events of all kinds, not only musical, occur throughout the year, from season to season. Every year, Angers hosts 8 festivals of national importance , including the cinema 'Premiers Plans', the international festival of journalism and ‘Scoops’, and the dramatic 'Festival d’Anjou'. It also organizes street spectacles like 'Les Accroche-Cœurs' in September and 'Journee de la (street) Musique' in June.
Let’s not forget that its inhabitants profit throughout the year from its numerous theatres, cinemas and museums.
For sports fans there is a large range of equipment,
including athletics stadium, where the French national championships were held in 2005 , parks (in one of which the French national cross-country championships were held), skating ring, swimming pools, tennis, squash and badminton courts, two golf courses, cyclodrome, hippodrome, etc, etc., not forgetting the River Maine where Olympic rowers often practice.
The climate or 'la douceur angevine'.
Situated on the western edge of the northern Europe plain, Angers has a mild climate , because of the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, just 120 km away. Winters are mild ; temperatures rarely fall below 5°C. Summers are never too hot, temperatures usually range between 25 and 30°. Rainfall is low, and sunshine pleasant (on average 1 873 hours per year).