If you want to travel to a place where nature and countryside have an important place in the hearts of the locals, look no further than the department of Mayenne. Located in the Pays de la Loire region, it borders 6 other departments. If you want to plan your travel in advance, HomeCamper has various hosts in store for you that are going to be able to make you enjoy your stay like never before. Lovers of vanlife, roadtrips, and outdoor camping, get ready!
The Mayenne is a green department, whose groves stretch as far as the eye can see. There are many walks to do in Mayenne, whether by mountain bike, by foot (the towpath offers a pleasant hike for the whole family, as well as the banks of the Mayenne) or by boat. Indeed, river tourism is developed in the department: visiting the Mayenne by river is therefore possible! The Mont des Avaloirs, which rises to 417 metres, is also a popular place for hikers.
We also advise you to visit the animal refuge of L'Arche. This refuge extends over 14 hectares and takes in many abandoned animals.
Mayenne is also a department rich in history.
Prehistory is highlighted, particularly with the Saulges caves, a real network of caves. The Rochefort cave and the Margot cave are absolutely worth seeing.
The city of Laval is a city of arts and history. Its 11th century castle and keep are a must visit in Laval, as is its Milk and Cheese Museum: the Lactopôle Museum.
The city of Mayenne is also a city of interest with its castle, its convent of the visitation or its chapel of the Calvairiennes. A dynamic city, many concerts come every year with Mayenne rhythms during the summer.
While in Mayenne, we advise you to visit the small medieval village of Lassay, especially its 15th century castle, rose garden and medieval garden. The village of Saint Suzanne is also worth seeing, as it is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Finally, Saint-Pierre-sur Erve, a village of character, will seduce you with its Romanesque church.
Just like most of the departments in the Pays de la Loire, Mayenne's warmer and more pleasant months in terms of weather and temperatures go from July until October. If you don't like like the cold, avoid the month of February as it is usually the coldest month of the year. However, we would advise vanlife enthusiasts to choose the months of May and June, as there will be less tourists to bother you during your stay!
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences in the Pays de la Loire region!