Visit Sainte-Suzanne, the medieval village
In the Mayenne countryside, discover one of the most beautiful villages in France: Sainte-Suzanne, the medieval village in the Maine. Activities include a bucolic stroll through the ramparts, the renaissance château – given a new life as an Interpretation Centre for Architecture and Heritage –, the quiet little streets, and more.
Situated between Laval and Le Mans, Sainte-Suzanne is best known as the medieval village that resisted attacks from William the Conqueror! Today, the architectural heritage of the village is preserved at the heart of a countryside setting perfect for walking. Visit Sainte-Suzanne and enjoy an enchanting, timeless break far from the hustle and bustle of the cities. If it’s absolute peace and authenticity you’re after, then look no further.
Take a stroll through the medieval streets of Sainte-Suzanne
Sainte-Suzanne overlooks the surrounding countryside from its rocky outcrop. Take the time to admire each vista, something that’s bound to entice you to venture beyond the ramparts. You could, for instance, follow the Promenade des Moulins route along the Erve river.
Here, authenticity is the order of the day. Nestled into the ramparts dating from the Middle Ages, Sainte-Suzanne is a haven of peace. Wander its streets, enjoy a drink in bars' outside seating, take in some local crafts and even comb through the bric-a-brac shop!
Explore the Interpretation Centre for Architecture and Heritage
The Interpretation Centre for Architecture and Heritage is tucked away inside the 17th century interiors of the Château de Sainte-Suzanne. Audiovisual media, models, terminals, touch-screen devices, wall projections, panels, guided tours and educational workshops give you insight into the multifaceted local heritage.
Good to know: for an even more enjoyable visit, download the free app on your smartphone.
Visit the Auditorium Museum
Inside this former 17th century court, learn about the major events in the history of the village through models and real-life objects, such as weapons that date from the Hundred Years’ War, including the oldest armour in France (1410-1430). The 9 rooms open to the public will give you a better understanding of 3,000 years of history!
Good to know: guided tours are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August, at 3 pm.
Admire time-honoured tradition at the Sainte-Suzanne mill
Formerly a grain mill from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, the Sainte-Suzanne mill is now home to a traditional paper-making company. Here, paper is hand-crafted following the traditions practised by master papermakers between the 13th and 18th centuries.
Guided tours are led by papermaker Olivier, who showcases his expertise and shares his love for beautiful paper. He will tell you about all the different production stages, from cutting the rags to drying. Allow 1 ½ hours for this guided tour steeped in old-fashioned charm.
After pounding the pavements of Sainte-Suzanne, extend your stay in Mayenne with a visit to the Dolmen des Erves,the Saulges canyon and caves, and the many nearby châteaux and manor houses. Perfect for recharging your batteries for your next holiday in the Atlantic Loire Valley!