Tourism in the Pays de la Loire

The Sarthe and Le Mans are charming tourist destinations. There are many attractions to visit, and without the crowds to be found at other major traditional sites. No queues and no traffic jams here!

And we have prepared approximately 15 very practical itinerariesif you want to discover the surroundings…or not! Discover typical little villages and  fortified churches, small characterful towns  and many castles. As well as private gardens  and archaeological sites.

Explore La Ferté Bernard, 30 minutes away, known as “The Venice of the West” and go for a ride in an electric boat on the canals, or visit Montmirail and its fortified castle. The surrounding region is full of surprises with small villages to visit, such as Asnières-sur-Vègre  or Saint Cenéri-le Gérei , other small characterful towns such as Beaumont sur Sarthe  and Fresnay-sur-Sarthe.

Discover the local historical architecture such as the Prieuré de Mayanne  or the Donjon de Ballon (1,000 years old) or sumptuous castles, such as the Lude, one of the most beautiful castles in the Loire area, with magnificent gardens. The Loire castles are also not far away. It is easy to do a return trip in one day.


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Château de Pescheray is both a heritage site and an animal park, and La Flèche is one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe!

And don’t forget that Le Mans has the most beautiful Gallo-Roman ramparts  in France, maybe even Europe. The closed medieval town of la Cité Plantagenet has many 16th and 17th century houses and manors. The Roman and Gothic cathedral is also one of France’s most beautiful with remarkable stained glass.

La Nuit des Chimères is a magnificent light and sound show which showcases our medieval town in July and August. The show is free for all. Take magical walks by day or by night.

Car enthusiasts can visit the famous 24 Hours track and the site (guided tours) with the  Musée de l’Automobile, a must-see.

Paris is only a 2-hour journey by car and 55 minutes by train!


Logo Chateau de Chanteloup
Château de Chanteloup
Cathédrale Saint-Julien du Mans
Mayanne, Dangeul
Le Mirail, Crannes-en-Champagne
La Ferté-Bernard
Le Château du Lude
Office de Tourisme du Mans
La Cité Plantagenêt
Musée des 24 Heures
Golf des 24 heures
Golf de Sablé-Solesmes
24H du Mans Classic
Aventures dans les Arbres
Club des Cèdres
Le Zoo de Pescheray
Le Zoo de Pescheray
Ours polaire du Zoo de La Flèche
Zoo de La Flèche
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