Welcome to Laval

Only 70 minutes from Paris!

The beautiful countryside of Mayenne in Western France – situated south of Normandy and North of the Loire – is a perfect spot for holidaying in traditional France. Visitors here are greeted like long-lost friends and there is always a friendly local to explain, in approximate English, the many beautiful hidden corners to discover where you can enjoy a typically French way of life.

Discover the Valleys of Mayenne for a traditional French break.

Mayenne is a hidden corner of France nestled between Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. Here you will find unspoilt countryside with soft, gentle landscapes, rolling hills, patchwork quilted fields, forests and rivers. It’s the destination of choice for those looking to spend relaxing and active holidays in the heart of France.

The historical capital of Virtual Reality!

In its 20 years of existence, Laval Virtual has established itself as the key facilitator for organisations in the VR/AR sector. It brings together and animates a community of professionals throughout the year, for which it holds shows in Europe and Asia, conference programmes and provides various information services (technological watch, publications, task force reports, etc.).

Laval Virtual is the first Virtual Reality exhibition in Europe with almost 300 exhibitors extending over a 9000m² exhibition space. It is an emblematic edifice of virtual technologies, and a central place for producing innovation and technological projects.

Laval Virtual is a partner of GaLA 2020 and will host the Exhibition at Laval Virtual Center.

Laval, a place of Castles and Culture!

Mayenne has many historical sites that are well worth a detour. The official label of “Pays d’Art et d’Histoire” and the label of “Ville d’art et d’histoire” presented to Laval by the French minister for culture, signify the historic value and the high standard of welcome at these places of interest.

Laval Castle dates from the Middle Ages and is situated in the historic centre of Laval. The castle houses an exceptional Museum of Naïve Art. Master painter Rousseau, founder of the Naïve Art movement, was born in Laval. During a visit you can explore the dungeons which dominate the city and admire the ancient streets of Laval.

In December, Laval puts on a magnificent Light Show!

Come discover an inverted world, bright and glittering. Stroll and experience the magical Christmas experience upside down! Every year, during the december month, the City shines brightly. The Lights of Laval give a new face to downtown by creating an atmosphere of fairyland. Tens of thousands of visitors come to admire the daring decorations of the Aristide Briand bridge, the magical and singular atmosphere of the forecourt of Château-Neuf and the animated streets of the spirit of Christmas.

Come taste French Cheese and Wine!

Mayenne is a rural region with a variety of agriculture, specialising in milk and beef produce. There are many beef and dairy cattle grazing in the fields, with several high-quality, large and small-scale cheese producers.

There are plenty of local food markets on your doorstep, where you can browse the regional produce and pick up just-cooked delicacies prepared fresh that morning. Cider, pommeau du Maine, Perry and apple juice can all be tasted and bought direct from the farm as well as local creperies and restaurants.