Laval
The Essential
Interesting
Originating around the bridges and the fords which crossed the River Mayenne, Laval found prosperity thanks to the « toiles de Laval » (Laval cloth) at the time when linen work was flourishing. These days this has conceded its place to cotton and synthetic textiles. Perhaps it was the peaceful atmosphere here which gave birth to personalities such as Ambroise Paré, Alfred Jarry and Rousseau. But it is hard to believe the River Mayenne inspired François Gerbaut to cross the Atlantic single-handed!

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Laval

Lactopôle André-Besnier
Lactopôle André-Besnier
Everything you ever wanted to know about
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Jardin de la Perrine
Jardin de la Perrine
This terraced garden offering beautiful
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Vieux Château
Vieux Château
As it is now, the chateau essentially
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Docks of Laval
Docks of Laval
From the the left bank there are
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Musée d'Art naïf
Musée d'Art naïf
An attractive collection of works by the
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Church of Notre-Dame-des-Cordeliers
Church of Notre-Dame-des-Cordeliers
This church, which was built between
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