Alencon tourism and travel guide

Photo of Alencon in Orne

Visit Alencon: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: There are several sites of historical interest in Alencon, best known as a centre for lace production

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Alencon. For detailed visitor information see the Alencon travel guide

Alencon is situated in the Orne, Normandy region, in the north of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Orne department. (General information: Alencon is 173 km from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Les Jardins de la Mansoniere at 11 km and Fresnay-sur-Sarthe at 17 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Alencon, France: places to visit and attractions

Some places that we or our contributors have visited and reviewed and can recommend when sightseeing close to Alencon in Normandy. Note that all distances shown are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater.


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Orne

Map of places to visit near Alencon

Markets in and near Alencon

Market days in Alencon: weekly market: Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday;

  • Alencon: market Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday (0km)
  • Fresnay-sur-Sarthe: market Saturday (17km)
  • Sees: market Saturday (20km)
  • Le Mele-sur-Sarthe: market Wednesday (22km)
  • Mamers: market Monday (23km)
  • Beaumont-sur-Sarthe: market Tuesday (23km)
  • Villaines-la-Juhel: market Monday (28km)
  • Sille-le-Guillaume: market Wednesday (32km)
  • Conlie: market Thursday (35km)
  • Mortagne-Au-Perche: market Saturday all day (36km)

More information about Alencon, Normandy

Tourist attractions to visit near Alencon, France

Below we show places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Alencon and wondering what to do next!

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Carrouges Chateau (23km) [Map]

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Normandie-Maine (23km) [Map]

Remarkable gardens

  • Sassy (27km) [Map]

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Perseigne (13km) [Map]
  • Forêt d'Écouves (13km) [Map]
  • Signal d'Écouves (14km) [Map]
  • Mont du Haut-Fourché (14km) [Map]

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Tourouvre (46km) [Map]

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Alencon

Canton: Alençon

Arrondissement: Alençon

Department: Orne

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 61000

Distance to Alencon

from Alencon (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 173 km

from Calais: 308 km

from Nice: 763 km

from Bordeaux: 403 km

from Strasbourg: 565 km

Getting here

Alencon is in the north of France. Most visitors arrive in one of the cross-challen ferry ports with Caen being especially close, typically within an hours drive. For driving distances to Alencon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 16 other places listed as being close (less than 6 kilometres from Alencon): Arconnay, Cerise, Champfleur, Chenay, Colombiers, Conde-sur-Sarthe, Cuissai, Damigny, Heloup, Le Chevain, Lonrai, Mieuxce, Saint-Germain-du-Corbeis, Saint-Paterne, Semalle and Valframbert.

This page in French: Visitez Alencon