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Quenching your thirst in an Orléans open-air cafe after canoeing down the Loire

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Is the sun shining down on a hot day and the only thing you want is to cool off? We have the perfect day planned for you! Take your sunscreen and hat and head off for a refreshing canoe trip down the Loire. Then, finish your day in one of the delightful Orléans open-air cafes. So, are you in?

Paddling down the Loire with Absolument Canoë

It’s a gorgeous, hot summer’s day, and conditions are perfect to head out for a canoe trip down the Loire! With Absolument Canoë, you can choose between a half- or full-day trip down the royal river. Climb aboard a 1-, 2-, or 3-person canoe and it’s time for a refreshing paddle down the Loire!

Depending on the route you’ve chosen, Absolument Canoë can provide shuttles for the way there and/or back. It’s very practical, once you arrive at your destination, you’ll find everything you need! A range of routes are available, leaving from Orléans, Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, Chécy, Sully-sur-Loire, or Saint-Denis-de-l’Hôtel. Depending on your level and preferences, Absolument Canoë can help you select the most suitable route.

Enjoy unique experiences aboard the canoe as you paddle. Take the time to observe the Loire landscape, with its wild flora and fauna. Then, take a break on one of the beaches or little islands that you’ll find on your way, one that’s not already occupied by birds of course. Perfect time for a water fight! Splash about in the cool water and get energised for the end of the trip.

Canoë sur la Loire
© Absolument Canoë

It’s a perfect day activity to relax and explore with family, friends or as a couple! Book your trip now. And if you decide to head out for the whole day, remember to pack your picnic!

Do you not want the day to end? Absolument Canoë offers bivouacs for those who want to stay the night. It’s a unique experience, enjoying the sunset over the Loire and sleeping under the stars (or almost) on one of the Loire islands.

Cool off in the evening in an open-air cafe

After your trip down the river, what could be better than quenching your thirst in an open-air cafe? In Orléans and the surrounding area, many open-air cafes pop up in the summer period, promising enjoyable moments with family or friends.


Guinguette La Sardine
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In the centre of Orléans, the famous open-air cafe Le Ponton has made its home on the pontoon of the quays of the Loire. There, you'll find long wooden tables, benches, white and red checked tablecloths and a wooden parquet stage and dancefloor – everything you need for an excellent evening. Clink your glasses, eat and dance in a friendly atmosphere, all with an unbeatable view of the Loire. 

🎊 Le Ponton
Guiguette La Paillote
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Looking for a cultural line-up with everything under the sun? La Paillote is the number one open-air cafe for all things artistic, a true outdoor cultural space. Here, sate your thirst for entertainment and arts of all kinds. Located on Quai de Prague, on the south bank of the Loire, this open-air cafe welcomes many artists: musicians, comedians, singers, painters, dancers, and so on. Enjoy a panoramic view over the Loire, its islands and the Orléans old town centre from La Paillote. It's a warm, friendly place where you can chat to people and spend a lovely summer evening!

🎊 La Paillote

Continuing along the quays of the Loire in Orléans, head to Le Boui-Boui to enjoy relaxing, friendly moments with concerts, themed nights and a board game library. You will also love the quality food available for excellent prices. On the weekend, the open-air cafe adds oysters and brunch to its menu. A real treat!

On the banks of the Loiret, enjoy a relaxing break at L’Ephémère Café while doing the famous walk to see the windmills in Olivet. Take the time to quench your thirst in this little piece of paradise and treat your tastebuds with the delicious products on the menu. It’s an enchanting place, where the sweetest pleasures of life are king! And, if you feel like a trip on the Loiret, boats are available for rent. It’s a good idea to book in advance.

La Guinguette du Parc is a colourful place, located in the shade of 100-year-old trees in the Park of Longues Allées in Saint-Jean-de-Braye. This warm and friendly place regularly hosts events, shows and concerts to entertain you.

Head to the Embarcadère du Bout du Monde in Meung-sur-Loire for a drink and chat with friends, lunch or even dinner on the royal river. Claire and Denis will be happy to welcome you to La Capitainerie for a lovely moment, from May to September. You can even take the opportunity to book a boat ride!

Guinguette La Corne des Pâtures
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Head to La Corne des Pâtures, in a verdant setting in between Beaugency and Meung-sur-Loire. This open-air cafe has a 100% green, bohemian chic vibe, the perfect place to relax with family or friends. Come for a drink and enjoy the delicious, fresh, local products on the menu. A whole range of events are on the programme in this countryside spot on the banks of the Loire: market of local products, outdoor cinema, theatre, games, shows for kids and above all, concerts and dances! No shortage of events to please young and old.

🎊 La Guinguette la Corne des Pâtures

☀️ A refreshing, relaxing day discovering the Loire in a whole new way!

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