Saulges, Mayenne: tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Saulges (Pays de la Loire, France)

Saulges is a small village situated in the south of the Mayenne department (region Pays-de-la-Loire) between Laval and Le Mans. The village is listed as a 'little city of character' and also has been awarded 3* as a 'town in bloom'.

Exploring Saulges

Saulges itself has a few sights of interest, including a sturdy 19th century limekiln, a traditional washhouse and two historic churches which are the highmlight of your visit.

church of Notre-Dame in Saulges

The Church of Notre-Dame dates from the 11th century, is in the roman style and well known for its ancient altarpeices.

The Church of Saint-Pierre dates in part from the 8th century, making it one of the oldest churches in the region. Inside you can see some interesting items such as a painted statue of Saint-Cenere and a decorative box containing the relics of the saint, wall paintings, a painted altarpiece and a chapel.

The oratory of Saint-Cenere can be visited in a quiet location on the Erve river just outside Saulges. The building we see today dates from the 19th century, but the location has attracted followers of the Saint since the 7th century, and even today locals visit the site each 21st July, the anniversary of the death of Saint Cenere in 680.


Saulges caves

Most visitors are attracted here by the Saulges Caves, a group of numerous related cave systems some of which were inhabited in prehistoric times and have decorated walls from that era.

Two of these are now accessible by the public, the Grotte de Rochefort and the Grotte à Margot, with access in a very picturesque setting on the riverside in the 'Canyon de Saulges' (there is a short marked trail that introduces some of the most interesting characteristics of the region). See admission details at Saulges caves.

Attractions nearby

There are various places of interest to visit nearby, with our favourites including Sainte-Suzanne a few kilometres north of Saulges and the medieval heart of Le Mans to the east of the village.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Mayenne guide and the Pays de la Loire guide.

See also:

Map of Saulges and places nearby

Visit near Saulges with France This Way reviews

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Mayenne

Tourist classifications

Saulges is classified as a listed town of Art and History

Address: Saulges, Meslay-du-Maine, Laval, Pays de la Loire, 53340, France || GPS: latitude 47.983333, longitude -0.404444

Plan your visit to Saulges, Mayenne

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • La Cropte: ville fleurie 4* (7 km)
  • Sainte-Suzanne: most beautiful village (13 km)
  • Evron: town of art and history (19 km)
  • Jardins de la Massonni√®re: remarkable garden (20 km)
  • Jardins du Mirail: remarkable garden (26 km)
  • Coudray: ville fleurie 4* (28 km)
  • Chateau-Gontier: recommended detour (28 km)
  • Laval: town of art and history (29 km)

The French version of this page is at Saulges (Francais)