Whatever your interests the area of Pays de la Loire, Normandy and Brittany surrounding Parc Mayenne has something to offer you.

History

The D-Day landing beaches are under 2 hours away and you can also find many war cemeteries and memorial monuments in the area, some which offer guided tours or information leaflets.

Did you know that it was in Lassay les Chateaux that Saint Fraimbault was buried? His life inspired Chrétien de Troyes character of Lancelot du Lac. You can even have a guided tour of the tact medieval fortress and discover how a military garrison functioned in the fifteenth century.

Learn about the history of mining in the region at Les Forges de Varenne, a 16th century forge, or at the iron museum which has on display photos, objects and models to bring the historic iron ore trade to life.

You can also find many Megaliths & Dolmen dotted around the countryside which acted primarily as ancient tombs and are free to visit.

Food lovers

In the department of Mayenne, agricultural heart of the Pays de la Loire, you can tour local farms and abbeys and taste their own produce such as cheese, honey, cider and apple-juice, to nougats, fruit jellies, desserts.

Sport

The Pays de la Loire is a famous cycling area with many cycling clubs and events and plenty of roads with beautiful views ideal for both amateur and professional cyclists alike.

The green lanes and pathways across the countryside are also perfect for walking either alone or as part of a walking group.

Almost all French villages have a boules court where you can play the traditional French game and practice your French with the locals.

If you're feeling adventurous you can climb & swing through the trees at one of the popular acrobranch parks or have a more relaxed day playing golf, mini golf or Swin Golf.

Relaxation

Visit the famous spa at Bagnoles de l’Orne where the mineral-rich water comes from a spring that was historically believed to have legendary powers. Nowadays the water is recognised by Thermal Medicine as having therapeutic properties which are particularly beneficial for rheumatic diseases, vein problems and gynaecological conditions. You can also visit for the spa for general pampering and relaxation.

Culture

Discover the architecture of the early 20th century in the Belle Époque district of Bagnoles de l'Orne. Built between 1886 and 1914, according to specific rules guaranteeing "character and elegance," which are still adhered to now. The Belle Époque district has been an Architectural, Urban and Landscape Heritage Protection Area since 1991.

In La Ferté-Macé you can find a toy museum with a collection of Guy Bonvalot, an important game and toy collector in the 19th and 20th centuries.