Contest tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Mayenne (town) at 6 km from Contest

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Contest is situated in the Mayenne department and Pays de la Loire region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Contest in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include Mayenne (town) at 6 km and Jublains at 12 km.

Contest, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Mayenne (town)

Mayenne (town)

at 6 km (direction north-east)

Quite a small town, the highlight of a visit to Mayenne is the nearby...

See Mayenne (town) guide


at 12 km (direction east)

Here in Jublains you can visit the roman ruins of the ancient city that...

See Jublains guide
Les Jardins des Renaudies

Les Jardins des Renaudies

Garden at 20 km (direction north-west)

Les Jardins des Renaudies is a pretty garden in north-west France...

See Les Jardins des Renaudies guide


at 22 km (direction east-south-east)

The highlight here at Evron is the Abbey of Notre Dame, in particular the...

See Evron guide


at 23 km (direction south-south-west)

The castle, the river and the historic centre make the substantial town of Laval...

See Laval guide


at 23 km (direction north-east)

Small town with two 15th century castles and a popular public garden...

See Lassay-les-Chateaux guide


Most Beautiful Village at 29 km (direction east-south-east)

The medieval village and the castle in the pretty village of Sainte-Suzanne still retain...

See Sainte-Suzanne guide


at 36 km (direction south-east)

The principal attraction in Saulges is the caves, occupied in prehistoric times...

See Saulges guide
Bagnoles de l\'Orne

Bagnoles de l'Orne

at 36 km (direction north-east), in the Orne department

The town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is very pleasant, and well known as a spa town...

See Bagnoles de l'Orne guide


at 37 km (direction north-east), in the Orne department

The castle forms an excellent backdrop to the cobbled streets in the old town...

See Domfront guide


at 40 km (direction east), in the Sarthe department

Sillé le Guillaume has a chateau dating to the 11th century and a 13th...

See Sillé-le-Guillaume guide


at 41 km (direction west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

The castle and historic lower town are the main attraction, but be sure to...

See Fougeres guide


at 44 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

A town not be missed, Vitré has a superb historic centre with numerous fascinating...

See Vitre guide
Les Jardins de la Mansoniere

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere

Garden at 47 km (direction east-north-east), in the Orne department

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere is a lovely garden in the charming village of...

See Les Jardins de la Mansoniere guide

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Map of places to visit near Contest


Markets in and near Contest

  • Mayenne: market Saturday & Monday (6km)
  • Andouille: market Thursday (13km)
  • Gorron: market Wednesday (20km)
  • Ernee: market Tuesday (21km)
  • Laval: market Tuesday & Saturday all day (23km)
  • Evron: market Thursday (23km)
  • Port-Brillet: market Tuesday (29km)
  • Villaines-la-Juhel: market Monday (30km)
  • Meslay-du-Maine: market Friday (35km)
  • Bagnoles-de-l'Orne: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (37km)

More information about Contest, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Contest, France

What to do at Contest? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Contest.

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Carrouges Chateau (50km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Normandie-Maine (41km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc et jardin de Clivoy (16km)
  • Jardins de la Pellerine (30km)
  • Parc floral de Haute-Bretagne (47km)
  • Jardins de la Massonnière (51km)
  • Jardins du Mirail (55km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Source - Couesnon (30km)
  • Étang de Haute-Vilaine (36km)
  • Forêt du Pertre (37km)
  • Étang de Paintourteau (39km)
  • Étang de Châtillon-en-Vendelais (39km)
  • Forêt de Fougères (40km)
  • Étang de la Valière (42km)
  • Mont du Haut-Fourché (45km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Loup-du-Gast (15km)
  • Saint-Fraimbault (25km)
  • Juvigne (28km)
  • La Cropte (36km)

Geography and distances

Contest is in the center of France at 23 kilometres from Laval, the department capital (general information: Contest is 231 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Contest

Canton: Mayenne-Ouest

Arrondissement: Mayenne

Department: Mayenne

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 53100

Distance to Contest

from Laval (prefecture): 23 km

from Paris: 231 km

from Calais: 349 km

from Nice: 794 km

from Bordeaux: 381 km

from Strasbourg: 621 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive here from the cross channel ports of Saint Malo and Caen, the jorney only taking a couple of hours. For driving distances to Contest from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Commer, Mayenne, Moulay, Parigne-sur-Braye, Saint-Baudelle, Saint-Georges-Buttavent and Saint-Germain-d'Anxure.

This page in French: Visiter Contest