Laval tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The castle, the river and the historic centre make the substantial town of Laval very interesting to visit

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

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Laval. For detailed visitor information see the Laval travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Laval include "town of art and history".

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Evron at 29 km and Mayenne (town) at 29 km.

Laval, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 29 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Saulges guide


at 29 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See Evron guide
Mayenne (town)

Mayenne (town)

at 29 km (direction north-north-east)

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

See Mayenne (town) guide


at 29 km (direction north-east)

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

See Jublains guide


Most Beautiful Village at 31 km (direction east)

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

See Sainte-Suzanne guide


at 33 km (direction west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

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

See Vitre guide
Les Jardins des Renaudies

Les Jardins des Renaudies

Garden at 36 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Les Jardins des Renaudies guide


at 42 km (direction east-south-east), in the Sarthe department

Solesmes is known for its Abbey Saint-Pierre, an important benedictine abbey that...

See Solesmes guide


at 45 km (direction east-south-east), in the Sarthe department

The small town of Asnières-sur-Vègre is especially picturesque in the area around...

See Asnieres-sur-Vegre guide


at 45 km (direction west-north-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

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

See Fougeres guide


at 45 km (direction north-east)

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

See Lassay-les-Chateaux guide


at 49 km (direction east), in the Sarthe department

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

See Sillé-le-Guillaume guide


at 49 km (direction east-south-east), in the Sarthe department

Parcé sur Sarthe is a classified petites cites de caractere and has...

See Parcé-sur-Sarthe guide


at 58 km (direction west-north-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Most visitors to Saint-Brice-en-Cogles also enjoy the tour of the local castles...

See Saint-Brice-en-Cogles guide

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

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Map of places to visit near Laval


Markets in and near Laval

Market days in Laval: weekly market: Tuesday & Saturday all day;

  • Laval: market Tuesday & Saturday all day (0km)
  • Andouille: market Thursday (12km)
  • Port-Brillet: market Tuesday (16km)
  • Meslay-du-Maine: market Friday (21km)
  • Chateau-Gontier: market Thursday & (27km)
  • Ernee: market Tuesday (28km)
  • Mayenne: market Saturday & Monday (28km)
  • Craon: market Monday (29km)
  • Evron: market Thursday (29km)
  • Vitre: market Monday (33km)

More information about Laval, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Laval, France

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

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Chateau-Gontier (27km)
  • Vitre (33km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc et jardin de Clivoy (19km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Craon (28km)
  • Jardins de la Pellerine (34km)
  • Parc floral de Haute-Bretagne (53km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt du Pertre (22km)
  • Étang de Haute-Vilaine (27km)
  • Étang de Paintourteau (27km)
  • Étang de la Valière (29km)
  • Source - Couesnon (34km)
  • Étang de Châtillon-en-Vendelais (36km)
  • Étang de la Cantache (38km)
  • Forêt de Fougères (46km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • La Cropte (24km)
  • Juvigne (27km)
  • Coudray (32km)
  • Saint-Loup-du-Gast (37km)
  • Chenille-Change (42km)

Geography and distances

Laval is in the center of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Mayenne department (general information: Laval is 246 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Laval

Canton: Laval

Arrondissement: Laval

Department: Mayenne

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 53000

Distance to Laval

from Laval (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 246 km

from Calais: 372 km

from Nice: 789 km

from Bordeaux: 360 km

from Strasbourg: 632 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 Laval from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bonchamp-les-Laval, Change, Force, Louverne and Saint-Berthevin.

This page in French: Visiter Laval