Gites in Mayenne are a perfect base for exploring this beautiful region of France. The unspoilt countryside is best seen from boat, bike or horseback, and the most popular routes follow the River Mayenne that the region is named after. The capital of Mayenne, Laval, has an impressive chateau and plenty of cafes and shops to seek out souvenirs. There are historic sites including a megalithic site ‘Dolmen des Erves' and plenty of medieval heritage to discover. La Ferte Clairbois is a medieval experience not to be missed; this detailed copy of a medieval site includes a keep and drawbridge, and features re-enactments to show visitors the life of medieval knights. For the real deal you should also visit the medieval religious buildings at Basilique d'Evron.