Visit Belleme (Normandy, France)
Belleme is an attractive town in the south-east of the Orne department of Normandy and east of Alencon,
Although it is for a chance to explore the surrounding countryside that most visitors visit Belleme, be sure to also allow a little time to explore the town itself.
There are several interesting landmarks to discover in the town, including the Church of Saint-Sauveur, largely a 17th century reconstruction of a 15th century church, it is the decorative interior which is the highlight but note also the external clock - it is one of very few churches built with the clock placed deliberately off-centre on the clocktower.
Elsewhere in Belleme there is a very ancient crypt in the Saint-Santin Chapel (not open to the public at the time of our visit) and some remnants of the original 15th century chateau that once stood here, such as the donjon.
You will also see parts of the original defensive ramparts for the town, along with an original arched gateway through which you can enter the main square in the centre of Belleme (the 'Porche de Bellême' on the Place de la République). You will also notice a few antique sundials as you explore.
There are a good number of town houses in the centre dating from the 17th-18th centuries, creating an attractive overall feel to the town as you amble through the winding streets of the centre, with examples including the Governor's House and the Old School.
Area around Belleme
Belleme is well placed for exploring the popular Le Perche region, a scenic area of rolling hills, fields and woodland designated as a natural regional park.
The 'dominial forest of Belleme' outside the town is an extensive forested area with numerous opportunities for leisure activities.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Bellême, Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, Normandy, 61130 || GPS: latitude 48.377222, longitude 0.561389
Map of Belleme & places nearby
Highlights close by
Le Perche 17km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Belleme, France
- Jardin de la petite Rochelle - remarkable garden (17km)
- Perche - regional natural parc (17km)
- Nogent-le-Rotrou - recommended detour (20km)
- Coulaines - ville fleurie 4* (47km)
The French version of this page is at Belleme (Francais)