Winding between Normandy, Maine and the Loire Valley, the Mayenne is bursting with countryside and heritage. Just 1 hour 10 by TGV from Paris and near major destinations in the West, the Mayenne remains discreet and the most curious among you will enjoy its heritage and its gentle way of life!
A NATURAL DESTINATION
The Mayenne is above all a river, crossing the department from north to south before joining the Loire. In these surrounding areas it offers both superb green landscapes and a remarkable constructed heritage: locks, manors and abbeys that overlook the streams and mills.... Opt for a river walk from Mayenne, Laval or Chäteau-Gontier. For a more sporting version, head down the river to the stream in a kayak.
Bike lovers will head for the greenway named Vélo Francette: more than 85 km of purpose-built tracks! Perfect for a completely peaceful family stay. On the practical side, everything has been thought of for the ease and comfort of cyclists with sightseeing sites and accommodation labelled Accueil Vélo.
Finally, Mayenne is a hiking paradise: the charm of the woodland, panoramas in shades of green reminiscent of neighbouring Normandy, rivers and lakes..
CASTLES, CITY AND LAND OF ART AND HISTORY
Labelled a City of art and history, Laval is a human-sized city that can be visited on foot, exploring its half-timbered houses and visiting the castle with its naive Art Museum. The Coëvrons Mayenne Land of Art and History stretches from Saulges at its southern extremity to Lassay-les-Châteaux, also one of the 7 Petite Cité de Caractère in the Mayenne. As you travel along country roads, stop in unique places like the working-class village ofFontaine-Daniel (where high-quality fabrics are still producedThe Toiles of Mayenne) or push open the door of the Château de Craon,nicknamed "the Petit-Versailles".
THE ROBERT TATIN MUSEUM, A UNIQUE PLACE OF ART!
Discover a monumental work firmly rooted in Nature! The amazing cement sculptures and museum were designed by Robert Tatin (sculptor, architect, painter) and his wife from 1962.