BRIOLLAY, a gateway to the pleasures of nature

Enjoy rediscovering the past

In Celtic, Briollay means « bridge over the Loir » (Bria Letus). Fulk Nera had a fortress built here, which was destroyen in 1140 by Geoffrey Plantagenêt.

Only the keep tower survived until the early 19th century. This is where Henri IV won the duke of Mercoeur over to his cause in 1598. This event was to lead to the Edict of Nantes, which eventually put an end to the French Religious Wars. Over the river Sarthe, the feudal motte and site of the former castle moats can still be seen, as well as the 12th century courthouse where the landlord would dispense justice. It is one of the very few civilian buildings in the Plantagenet style still standing today. In the villagLe palais de justicee and especially around the church square, 16th and 17th century houses are worth a detour.

Enjoy discovering the local flora and fauna

Far from the hustle and bustle of humanity, the vast flood-meadows that are under water every winter offer an exceptional feeding and resting haven for migratory birds : ducks, black-tailed godwit, greylag geese, curlews, greater white-fronted geese and golden plovers. Even the most elusive corn crakes find a safe nesting habitat here.

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Enjoy picking wild fruit

Located in the upper part of the town (Chemin de la Guichardière), the botanical garden overlooks the exceptional scenery of the lower valleys of Anjou, shown on the viewing table. The garden has over 70 shrub species whose small red berries can be picked by visitors.

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Enjoy walking and relaxing

Starting from the church and following the rivers, several walking tours are available for hikers who wish to discover the fauna and flora of the lower valleys of Anjou.

Old buildings enthusiasts can follow the trail between the Loir and the Sarthe, along which ancient chapels and dwellings bear witness to feudal times. Shady picnic areas with tables and barbecues are available for those who wish to relax by the riverside. If you are the sporty type, you ca enjoy the BMX track, petanque court or fitness trail while younger children can take advantage of the outdoor play equipment. Briollay is an angler’s paradise with two welle-stocked rivers offering many fishing locations. Inexperienced anglers may prefer the quiet man-made lake. There il also a boat slipway, a landing stage and water connection for houseboats available. parcours santébicross

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