Essay tourism and travel guide

Photo of Essay in Orne

Visit Essay: highlights and tourist information

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Essay is situated in the Orne, Normandy region, in the north of France at 17 km from Alencon, the department capital. (General information: Essay is 158 km from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Sees at 9 km and Alencon at 17 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Essay, France: places to visit and attractions

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


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Map of places to visit near Essay

Markets in and near Essay

  • Le Mele-sur-Sarthe: market Wednesday (8km)
  • Sees: market Saturday (9km)
  • Alencon: market Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday (17km)
  • Mortagne-Au-Perche: market Saturday all day (22km)
  • Mamers: market Monday (23km)
  • Tourouvre: market Friday (30km)
  • Argentan: market Tuesday & Friday (30km)
  • Fresnay-sur-Sarthe: market Saturday (34km)
  • Beaumont-sur-Sarthe: market Tuesday (36km)
  • Longny-Au-Perche: market Wednesday (37km)

More information about Essay, Normandy

Tourist attractions to visit near Essay, 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 Essay and wondering what to do next!

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Carrouges Chateau (30km) [Map]

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Normandie-Maine (35km) [Map]
  • Perche (43km) [Map]

Remarkable gardens

  • Sassy (22km) [Map]
  • Jardin de la petite Rochelle (41km) [Map]

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt d'Écouves (14km) [Map]
  • Forêt de Perseigne (15km) [Map]
  • Signal d'Écouves (16km) [Map]
  • Mont du Haut-Fourché (32km) [Map]

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Tourouvre (30km) [Map]

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Essay

Canton: Mêle-sur-Sarthe

Arrondissement: Alençon

Department: Orne

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 61500

Distance to Essay

from Alencon (prefecture): 17 km

from Paris: 158 km

from Calais: 291 km

from Nice: 762 km

from Bordeaux: 417 km

from Strasbourg: 552 km

Getting here

Essay 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 Essay from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than 6 kilometres from Essay): Aunay-les-Bois, Boitron, Bursard, Le Chalange, Le Menil-Guyon, Les Ventes-de-Bourse, Marchemaisons, Menil-Erreux, Neauphe-sous-Essai and Neuilly-le-Bisson.

This page in French: Visitez Essay