Feneu (49)

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Living to the rhythm of the Mayenne. .

Feneu (2,168 inhabitants) is located on the outskirts of Angers, 9km from the A11 motorway that links Paris and Nantes. Its built heritage is historically rich and includes châteaux and ancient dwellings: the Château de Montriou with its so-called Chapelle des Trois Marie, a scheduled monument from the 15th century, and splendid vegetable gardens; the Château de Sautré, a 12th century fortress built on a rocky spur as a defence against Norman raids.

Visitors will delight in Saint Martin Church - which shelters a 1693 Pieta originally kept in the 17th century Chapelle des Vignes- and the Town hall, formely the largest presbytery in Maine et Loire.

Feneu has a rich natural heritage, especially its bocage- a terrain of mixed woodland and pasture- near the Lower Valleys of Anjou. Nature lovers will appreciate the lush wetlands, home to many species of birds as well as squirrels, hares and roe deer. Feneu can also be called a town where the horse is king as it hosts a horse- riding school and several race horse-training centres.

Feneu offers a range of events and activities throughout the year: La Brocante (a flea market) in early April, a theatre festival, the World Music Day, a choral society, the Festival de la Jonglerie (a juggling festival), and in September, the Triathlon with over 500 competitors.

Finally, Port Albert is worth seeing, nestled as it is in a bend of the Mayenne. This leafy spot by the river appeals to a variety of visitors: families looking for a picnic area, walkers, motorhome uses… In July and August, this small haven is a stopover point for river shuttles coming from Angers, whose passengers have the opportunity to discover Feneu's cultural heritage and enjoy what's on offer at the Guinguette. Port Albert is also the starting point of a network of waymarked trails and bike trails -hybrid bike and mountain bike alike- linking four small towns (38km).


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