Take the slow train 20 minutes from busy Nantes, southward to where several rivers intersect, each with a lush hiking trail beside it. Here, you’ll find Clisson – a town of about 6,000 sprawling across the riverbanks and up the hill around a Medieval castle, preserved in ruins and not nearly as well known as many of its Loire Valley neighbors.
If you’ve come to France for castles, here’s an off-the-beaten-track one worth exploring.
Even better, its historic occupants included a French noblewoman named Jeanne de Clisson. Her claim to fame is that when the French king unjustly executed her husband, she traded this very castle in for a pirate fleet and terrorized France for something like 10 years.
In case legendary lady pirates and ancient ruins are your thing, welcome to Clisson.
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