Evron travel guide

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Evron is a town to the east of the Mayenne department, between the towns of Mayenne to the north-west and Le Mans to the south-east.

The town developed around an abbey founded here in the 7th century, although the region near Evron had already been occupied for at least 1700 years.

It is the abbey that is the most important attraction here, and the surrounding countryside of the Coevrons.

Evron and the Abbey of Notre Dame

Evron is best known and most visited for the benedictine Abbey of Notre Dame. The abbey dates back to the 9th century, when work started on replacing the earlier church that stood in the same location, and includes elements of both roman and gothic styles.

The 9th century crypt is the earliest remaining part of the abbey, while much of the rest of the abbey was built in the 11th century, including the fortified tower. At this stage the building followed the roman style of architecture. In the 13th century, when a new church was built, this followed the gothic style.

Important changes then took place in the 18th century, when the medieval abbey was replaced by a large abbey in the neo-classical style. Hence the abbey we see today at Evron dates from the 18th century, while the abbey church dates from the 9th-13th century.


Highlights within the abbey include the fine quality stained glass windows it contains that were made in the 14th-15th century, the crypt and choir, and the treasury with a wooden statue of Our Mother, dating from the 13th century and covered with sheets of silver.

Evron and the Coevrons

Evron is well placed for exploring the region known as the 'Coevrons en Mayenne', a quiet region of villages and quiet countryside that lies between the Loire Valley and its chateaux to the south, and historical Mont-Saint-Michel to the north.

This region around Evron has some other historical sites of interest and is popular with those who enjoy discovering small towns and villages, walking and fishing. Among the most important sites are the prehistoric caves at Saulges, the roman city at Jublains and the fortified village of Sainte-Suzanne.

Market day in Evron is Thursday.

Note: Evron is also the place where one of the most popular snacks in France is produced - babybel cheese.

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The medieval village and the castle in the pretty village of Sainte-Suzanne still retain much of the original town fortified walls

Sainte-Suzanne guide


Here in Jublains you can visit the roman ruins of the ancient city that once stood here

Jublains guide


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

Saulges guide


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

Sillé-le-Guillaume guide
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Tourist classifications for Evron

Evron is classified as a listed town of Art and History

Address: Évron, Laval, Pays de la Loire, 53600, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 48.156389, longitude -0.401389

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Sainte-Suzanne: most beautiful village (7 km)
  • Jublains: town of art and history (13 km)
  • Saulges: town of art and history (19 km)
  • La Cropte: ville fleurie 4* (23 km)
  • Mayenne: town of art and history (24 km)
  • Jardins de la Massonnière: remarkable garden (29 km)
  • Laval: town of art and history (29 km)
  • Saint-Loup-du-Gast: ville fleurie 4* (29 km)
  • Jardins du Mirail: remarkable garden (32 km)
  • Mont du Haut-Fourché: site of natural beauty (33 km)
  • Parc et jardin de Clivoy: remarkable garden (36 km)
  • Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei: most beautiful village (36 km)

Market days in Evron, France

Regular market(s) are held in Evron each Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

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