When I first heard of this place, I, like most of the people I know, thought it was just an abbey. I still went to check it out and discovered a precious gem!
There is indeed an abbey with its cloister and the gardens, founded in the 13th century by Cistercian monks. The church itself (still functioning) is tucked away in a corner of the small square, and I am sure most visitors never notice it.
Instead what strikes everyone are the nice paths, the pond with the benches facing the sun, the trees and the small but well kept park leading to the upper side of the area.
Away from cars and noise, I like to go there when I run. It has few ramps and steps, which is very useful for a good running training to improve my performance.
Here on summer evenings it’s not unusual to find young people having picnics or playing petanques, so nice! If you want to be more comfortable, you can try to find a place at the big table with benches in the front side of the premises.
And now, for the whole summer, you can find the “guinguette” (bar) Gisele, for a drink or a burger.
This park just has everything you need!