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Gorron is a peaceful and pretty little market town that lies in the unspoiled and traditional Mayenne department of north-west France. Technically, according to modern boundaries, the town is situated within the Pays de la Loire region, but in many respects Gorron considers itself Norman, and certainly the atmosphere and character of the town is typical of Normandy.
Originally known for manufacturing clogs and producing andouilles, Gorron was then involved in shoe, cotton and leather industries, and then later in the production of wood, furniture and plastics. Granite was also mined here, as you can see from many of the old houses which were built from Gorron granite.
Gorron is a pretty town with a very traditional air. The stone cottages that make up most of Gorron are attractive, and in summer, bedecked with fabulously colourful arrays of flowers, so that everywhere you look there is a glorious blaze of pinks, reds, oranges and purple hues. Gorron is made even prettier by the River Colmont and the lake that is formed from this, which makes a very picturesque addition to the town and adds to the feeling of being in a peaceful natural environment.
Gorron offers everything you need in a town. It has banks, bakers, a butcher, clothes and shoe shops, a creperie, hairdressers, bars, restaurants, garages, a post office, supermarkets and even flower shops. Then there is a cinema, a swimming pool and park to also keep you entertained.
Gorron goes back to its roots every Wednesday, when the locals forsake the modern convenience of the town's "Super U" and the other shops in favour of the traditional street market which brings to bear its lively presence on the population. French street markets are events not to be missed, bursting with sights, sounds and scents that evoke not just centuries of sheer "Frenchness" but also bring to town the best of the produce from the surrounding countryside.
As well as its markets, there are two annual fairs held in Gorron, one is the Flower Fair held in early spring, and the other is the Agricultural Fair, held in the autumn.
Gorron's swimming pool is great for cooling off in the hot summer months, and at nearby Laval there is a big Aqua park that is bound to please the kids. All around the town are various other possibilities for sports and leisure, with lakes for swimming, boating and lazing around, fishing, great walking and cycling trails, and golf, with a big 27-hole course at Laval, and a simple but fun pitch and putt at Gorron itself.
If you want to explore the area further, make a point of seeing the city of Rennes, just a short drive to the west, or for a spot of excitement, see the motor racing at Le Mans, which lies to the east of Gorron. There are also many beautiful towns and villages in the Mayenne, and you will feel the freedom of being in a department that is truly unspoiled by tourism and modern life.
There are a number of airports within reach of Gorron, and this makes owning property here easy and pleasurable. Paris, Angers, Rennes and Tours all offer direct flights from the UK with a variety of airlines and budgets to suit all budgets. Paris Charles de Gaulle is served by Air France, bmi, bmibaby, British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Thomsonfly or Aer Lingus; Angers by Eastern Airways; Rennes by flybe and Aer Lingus; and Tours by Ryanair. If you prefer the train, Eurostar will take you to Paris from where you can link to national rail services, and the ferry ports are all within an easy half day's drive of the town. Gorron is situated on the D33.
Prices are still generally low in the area around Gorron, so it is a great place to start looking if the budget is tight. The Mayenne represents an opportunity to purchase property in a part of France which really is unspoiled and not overpriced, although if the British exodus to France continues at its current rate this is a situation which is unlikely to last forever!
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Gorron is located in north-west France. It lies in the north-west of the Mayenne department.
Access: By air: Fly to Rennes, Angers, Tours or Paris. By rail: You can travel to Paris from England on the Eurostar. By boat: The town is accessible from any of the northern ferry ports. By road: Access Gorron from the D33.
Economy: The weekly market forms a traditional part of the economy, which is largely based on agriculture.
Interesting fact: Gorron has a pretty lake as a centrepiece, formed by man-made controls on the River Colmont that flows through the town.
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