Mayenne is situated in one of the most unspoilt parts of the Pays de la Loire region. 15,000 inhabitants populate the town, the river runs through the centre and a C12th cathedral dominates the skyline. Market days are Monday morning and Saturday morning at Place Clemenceau, there are numerous shops and an excellent selection of restaurants and cafes are dotted around the town, selling local produce.
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Mayenne is situated in the northwestern part of France, in the department of the same name (Mayenne). Paris is 2 and a half hours east and the Loire Valley is 1 and a half hours south. Caen ferryport can be reached in 70mins, St Malo ferryport in 90mins. Angers airport can be reached in 1h40, Nantes airport in 2h30.
In 1654, Mayenne began to establish itself at the hands of Colbert, the assistant of Louis XIII, who developed several projects to improve the area. He drained the marshland and lakes, for example, in order to build a large sewer and send water to the fountains at Place Saint-Vincent and Place Hercé and he organised the building of the Hotel de Ville, which opened in 1668. Developments continued throughout the C19th with a new road and bridge; le pont Mac-Racken in 1830, a new hospital in 1850 and work on the river 1852 – 1866. The town also prospered economically through its agriculture, weaving and cloth-making. In WWII, the town was occupied by Germans from 1940 until 1944 when the Americans came and beat them. And today, Mayenne is a town that welcomes tourists.
Sights to see include: le chateau, which has proved to have many interesting archaeological finds; it used to be the seat of the Dukes of Mayenne, le basilique Notre Dame, la place de Hercé with its octagonal fountain ‘Mazarin’ dating from the C7th, la place Cheverus which has hotels with beautiful architecture, the St-Martin church which has interesting Roman architecture, la chapelle des Calvairiennes which is the sole remainder of a large convent, the theatre which is the only one in the area to have survived the years and the music school which is situated in the gardens of the chateau.
Nearby Lassay les Chateaux is a lovely market village to visit. It has 3 castles in its local vicinity as well as a 4 th castle at its centre, its medieval streets are packed with houses full of character and there are 2 large ponds, a mill race and a rose garden with over 250 species of rose.
Mayenne has a variety of sporting activities to explore, including: flying, sailing, cycling, fresh-water fishing, sea-fishing, hiking, rock climbing, tennis, squash, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. There are a number of attractive golf courses in and around the area, boules pitches in abundance and equestrian centres for horseriding. The Normandy beaches are also nearby for a day or weekend away.
Food and Drink
Special wines in this region are : Gros-Plant du Pays Nantais, Muscadet and AOC Coteaux du Layon, Vendée-Atlantic oysters are a popular fish dish, salt flower is used often and a special sweet is Berlingots Nantais.
Beau Rivage, route de St Baudelle, tel no : 02 43 00 49 13, www.restaurantbeaurivage.com
Le Hercé, 2 place Louis de Hercé, tel no : 02 43 04 55 39, www.bar-brasserie-leherce.com
Au coin de la rue, 22 place Georges Clemenceau, tel no : 02 43 00 74 70, menu 10-15 €
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