The Pearl of Maine, the medieval town of Sainte-Suzanne, deep in the Land of Art and History of Coëvrons-Mayenne, is proud to be listed among the most beautiful villages of France, and to carry the green holiday resort and small character town labels.
Full of charm, the historical centre of Sainte-Suzanne, perched on a rocky promontory overlooking peaceful hedged farmland, is best enjoyed on a stroll along its picturesque streets dotted with old houses. Don't miss the pretty Promenade de la Poterne, at the foot of the ramparts, and its beautiful viewpoints over the surrounding countryside.
Owned by the General Council of Mayenne, Sainte-Suzanne castle was built in the 17th century by Guillaume Fouquet de la Varenne, a statesman and Minister of Henry IV. Since 2009, it has been home to the Architecture and Heritage Interpretation Centre, a place dedicated to Mayenne's heritage offering temporary exhibitions, conferences and educational workshops. The 11th-century Romanesque keep still stands near the Renaissance lodge, and distinguished itself by making Sainte-Suzanne the only stronghold to withstand the assault of William the Conqueror's troops! Equipped with footbridges, the keep offers a superb panoramic view over the roofs of the village, the Coëvrons hills, the Erve Valley and Charnie Forest.
Not far from the town of Sainte-Suzanne, La Ferté-Clairbois, Maine's medieval and cultural centre based within a fortified farm, will take you back to the Middle Ages, with horse-riding displays and medieval meals.