Laval 23.10.2016

Laval is a delightful town to explore on foot.

You can wander through the narrow alleys of the old town and down to the Perrine Gardens on the Mayenne River. It is a town built by the water which has always been an important part of its history. You can hop on board the bateaux-lavoirs which are old floating laundromats!

Visit the château of Laval, built on a rocky spur in the 11th-century and rebuilt in the 16th-century. The castle still overlooks the river, with superb views of the old town. Inside is one of the world’s finest museums of folk art and a reproduction of local artist Douanier Rousseau’s studio.

If you leave town via the towpath, you soon reach the peaceful Basilica of Notre-Dame d’Avesnières. The town itself hums with activity: cosy cafés and enticing boutiques await on the Rue du Pont de Mayenne! 

> Laval Tourist Office

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