Right on our doorstep is Bercé National Forest which is considered one of the most beautiful forests in France. It covers 5,400 hectares and is crossed by some pleasant roads which go in all directions.
You will be able to find a market within 20km of us every day of the week. Offering fresh local produce, clothes, shoes etc. and the local culinary specialty of rillettes, a shredded pork pâté. Le Mans has a flea market on Sunday mornings.
White wines dominate the Loire area from dry Chenin Blanc wines to tangy Sauvignon Blancs and light Muscadets. However, Le Loir has a meandering wine route with the chance to try some unique wines such as Jasnières and Côteaux du Loir a lovely mellow red.
Founded in 1946, the La Flèche Zoo was the first private zoos in France and is one of the top 5 French zoological parks. The zoo is home to some 1600 animals representing about 160 species and has created impressive enclosures for the animals.
Le Mans is home to the famous 24hours race. For those officionados out there the southern end of the Mulsanne straight is only 20 minutes away from Le Magnolia. There are plenty of events at the Le Mans race track throughout the year.
Most of the local restaurants have a ‘menu du jour’ consisting of 3-5 courses at lunchtime. If you want something lighter there are always salads, sandwiches or try a galette, a savory pancake, lighter than a pizza but often with just as many toppings.
Any one for cake? The French are serious about their flans and cakes. Some look too pretty eat but they must be tasted. And who can resist a crunchy baguette or warm croissant fresh from the oven?
There are two boulangeries in Mayet.