Laval tourism and travel guide

Photo of Laval in Mayenne

Visit Laval: highlights and tourist information

Travel Guide  To Visit  Attractions 

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

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.

Laval is situated in the Mayenne department and Pays de la Loire region, in the center of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Mayenne department (general information: Laval is 246 kilometres from Paris).

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Evron at 29 km and Mayenne (town) at 29 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Laval, France: places to visit and attractions

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.

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


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

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

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)

  • Saint-Brice-en-Cogles (58km)

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

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

Laval is in the center of France. 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