Sarthe places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Sarthe department of the Pays-de-la-Loire region. See also our detailed Sarthe guide.

Sarthe sightseeing and tourist information

photo of Asnieres-sur-Vegre


The small town of Asnières-sur-Vègre is especially picturesque in the area around the bridge and river [...]

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photo of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe


It is the countryside around Beaumont-sur-Sarthe that is the main attraction, but the town itself has several place [...]

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photo of Chateau du Lude

Chateau du Lude

The Chateau de Lude and its lovely gardens are the closest of the Loire Chateaux to Paris [...]

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photo of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe


The traditional market hall and remains of a medieval castle, and the river and bridge, are among the sights to enj [...]

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La Ferte-Bernard

The medieval character and picturesque setting make La Ferté-Bernard one of our favourite towns in this region [...]

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Le Mans

Le Mans is best known for its famous car race, but also has a very lovely medieval centre to explore [...]

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photo of Solesmes


Solesmes is known for its Abbey Saint-Pierre, an important benedictine abbey that has helped introduce gregorian ch [...]

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For more information about the department see the detailed Sarthe travel guide


Market towns & days in Sarthe

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Allonnes: Tuesday
Arnage: Saturday
Beaumont-sur-Sarthe: Tuesday
Besse-sur-Braye: Saturday
Bonnetable: Tuesday & Friday
Chateau-du-Loir: Saturday
Conlie: Thursday
Connerre: Wednesday
Ecommoy: Tuesday
Fresnay-sur-Sarthe: Saturday
La Ferte-Bernard: Saturday & Monday
La Fleche: Wednesday
La Suze-sur-Sarthe: Thursday
Le Grand-Luce: Wednesday all day
Le Lude: Thursday
Le Mans: every day except Monday
Loue: Tuesday
Malicorne-sur-Sarthe: Friday
Mamers: Monday
Noyen-sur-Sarthe: Saturday
Sable-sur-Sarthe: Monday
Saint-Calais: Thursday all day & Sunday
Sille-le-Guillaume: Wednesday
Vibraye: Friday

Selected tourist attractions in the Sarthe department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park


4* Towns in Bloom



Towns of Art and History

Le Mans: Tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Le Mans: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardins du donjon de Ballon

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de l'Epau (Yvre-l'Eveque)

Cathédrale Saint Julien (Le Mans)

towns classified as Recommended Detours

La Fleche