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Alencon tourism and travel guide

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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

Alencon is situated in the Orne department and Normandy region.

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.

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 of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Alencon in Normandy.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei

Most Beautiful Village at 11 km (direction west-south-west)

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei is a very pretty village in the Regional Natural Park of...

See Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei guide
Les Jardins de la Mansoniere

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere

Garden at 11 km (direction west-south-west)

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere is a lovely garden in the charming...

See Les Jardins de la Mansoniere guide
Fresnay-sur-Sarthe

Fresnay-sur-Sarthe

at 17 km (direction south-south-west), in the Sarthe department

The traditional market hall and remains of a medieval...

See Fresnay-sur-Sarthe guide
Sees

Sees

at 20 km (direction north-north-east)

The cathedral is the famous attraction at Sees, but there...

See Sees guide
 
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Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

at 23 km (direction south-south-east), in the Sarthe department

It is the countryside around Beaumont-sur-Sarthe that is the...

See Beaumont-sur-Sarthe guide
Sillé-le-Guillaume

Sillé-le-Guillaume

at 32 km (direction south-west), in the Sarthe department

Sillé le Guillaume has a chateau dating to the 11th century...

See Sillé-le-Guillaume guide
Haras du Pin

Haras du Pin

at 35 km (direction south-west)

The Haras du Pin is the oldest of the...

See Haras du Pin guide
Mortagne-au-Perche

Mortagne-au-Perche

at 36 km (direction east)

There are several places of historic interest to discover here at...

See Mortagne-au-Perche guide
Belleme

Belleme

at 36 km (direction east)

Belleme is one of several small attractive villages within the Perche...

See Belleme guide
Argentan

Argentan

at 36 km (direction north-north-west)

Despite extensive war time damage Argentan has retained several sites...

See Argentan guide
Bagnoles de l'Orne

Bagnoles de l'Orne

at 40 km (direction west-north-west)

The town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is very pleasant, and well known as...

See Bagnoles de l'Orne guide
Lassay-les-Chateaux

Lassay-les-Chateaux

at 43 km (direction west), in the Mayenne department

Small town with two 15th century castles and a popular public...

See Lassay-les-Chateaux guide
Jublains

Jublains

at 47 km (direction west-south-west), in the Mayenne department

Here in Jublains you can visit the roman ruins of the...

See Jublains guide
Evron

Evron

at 47 km (direction west-south-west), in the Mayenne department

The highlight here at Evron is the Abbey of Notre Dame,...

See Evron guide

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

Map of places to visit near Alencon

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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 near Alencon, France

What to do at Alencon? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Alencon.

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Carrouges Chateau (23km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Normandie-Maine (23km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Sassy (27km)

Sites of natural beauty

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

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Tourouvre (46km)
 
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Geography and distances

Alencon is in the north of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Orne department (general information: Alencon is 173 kilometres from Paris).

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

Most visitors arrive in one of the cross-channel 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 kilometres from ): 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: Visiter Alencon

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