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Beaufort-en-Vallée (France)
local community Beaufort-en-Anjou
region Pays de la Loire
Department Maine-et-Loire
Arrondissement Angers
Coordinates 47 ° 26 ′  N , 0 ° 13 ′  W Coordinates: 47 ° 26 ′  N , 0 ° 13 ′  W
Post Code 49250
Former INSEE code 49021
Incorporation January 1, 2016
status Commune déléguée

Beaufort-en-Vallée in winter

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Beaufort-en-Vallée is a town and commune Déléguée in the French commune of Beaufort-en-Anjou with 6,703 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Maine-et-Loire in the region of Pays de la Loire .


Beaufort-en-Vallée is in the lowlands of the Authion , which flows past a few kilometers to the southwest. It is part of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park .


Beaufort, already known as Bellum Forte in Roman times , was a county in the Duchy of Anjou in the Middle Ages . Jeanne de Laval , who was married to King René I , retained the rights to the county of Beaufort after his death in 1480 and took one of her two residences there (the other was in Saumur ). She campaigned for legal peace, including by regulating previously disputed grazing rights. Because of her generous and kind nature according to tradition, she is still revered in the area today.

With effect from January 1, 2016, the municipalities of Beaufort-en-Vallée and Gée were merged to form a Commune nouvelle with the name Beaufort-en-Anjou. It belonged to the Arrondissement of Angers and the canton of Beaufort-en-Vallée .

Culture and sights

  • Old town partially preserved
  • Ruins of the castle Beaufort-en-Vallée from the 14th century
  • in the market square, in front of the mighty 15th century church Notre Dame, column for Jeanne de Laval
  • Musée Joseph Denais with exhibitions on regional history

Economy and Transport


In 1980 a tree nursery relocated from Angers to Beaufort, which has since become the largest tree nursery in France and one of the largest in Europe. The company employs around 260 people.


Beaufort-en-Vallée is crossed by the E 60 , which here runs on the N 147 national road. To the north of the small town there is an exit from the A 85 on the D 144 .

Leisure and Tourism

Every year on the 2nd weekend in September, Beaufort-en-Vallée is the scene of a large meeting of hikers and cyclists, when the Randonnée Jeanne de Laval is hosted by the Randonneurs du Val d'Authion , who are based in Beaufort-en-Vallée .



  • Le Patrimoine des Communes de Maine-et-Loire . Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 2001, ISBN 2-84234-117-1 , pp. 275-285.

Web links

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