Laval, a stronghold of art and history
Laval must be visited on foot: your OUIBUS won’t fit down the narrow cobbled streets of this old medieval city! Here, history is written in stone. The old castle, which dates back to the 11th century, still looks like a fortress. Turned into a prison in the 19th century, it now houses the Musée d’Art naïf et des Arts singuliers, where you can admire the works of the famous painter Henri Rousseau, who was born in the city. The Notre-Dame-de-la-Trinité Cathedral is made up of a mix of styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque all at once! Laval has certainly been around for a very long time – it is possible to visit the Gallo-Roman thermal baths of Entrammes, which are perfectly preserved and enhanced by subtle lighting.
Take a tour of the city by following the path along the old ramparts. Once over a kilometre long, only the northern part still stands today, along with the Renaise tower and the majestic Beucheresse gate. As for the Anne Allègre walkway, it was built along the moats of the southern rampart…
When you’re bored of all that stone, relax in the Jardin de la Perrine, where you can admire a large variety of plants as well as a beautiful rose garden, and get a great view of Laval. At the heart of the city, in Boston square, you can rent a pedalo or a rowing boat or book a cruise along the placid waters of the Mayenne… before enjoying an equally leisurely trip home with OUIBUS.