Ballon tourism and travel guide

Photo of Ballon in Sarthe

Photo is of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe at 10 km from Ballon

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Ballon is situated in the Sarthe department and Pays de la Loire region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Ballon in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include Beaumont-sur-Sarthe at 10 km and Le Mans at 19 km.

Ballon, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

at 10 km (direction west-north-west)

It is the countryside around Beaumont-sur-Sarthe that is the main attraction, but the town...

See Beaumont-sur-Sarthe guide
Le Mans

Le Mans

at 19 km (direction south-south-west)

Le Mans is best known for its famous car race, but also has a...

See Le Mans guide
Fresnay-sur-Sarthe

Fresnay-sur-Sarthe

at 20 km (direction west-north-west)

The traditional market hall and remains of a medieval castle, and the river and...

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

Sillé-le-Guillaume

at 27 km (direction west)

Sillé le Guillaume has a chateau dating to the 11th century and a 13th...

See Sillé-le-Guillaume guide
 
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Alencon

Alencon

at 30 km (direction north-north-west), in the Orne department

There are several sites of historical interest in Alencon, best known as a centre...

See Alencon guide
Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei

Most Beautiful Village at 31 km (direction north-west), in the Orne department

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

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

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere

Garden at 31 km (direction north-west), in the Orne department

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

See Les Jardins de la Mansoniere guide
La Ferte-Bernard

La Ferte-Bernard

at 31 km (direction east)

The medieval character and picturesque setting make La Ferté-Bernard one of our favourite towns...

See La Ferte-Bernard guide
Belleme

Belleme

at 33 km (direction east-north-east), in the Orne department

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

See Belleme guide
Sainte-Suzanne

Sainte-Suzanne

Most Beautiful Village at 44 km (direction west), in the Mayenne department

The medieval village and the castle in the pretty village of Sainte-Suzanne still retain...

See Sainte-Suzanne guide
Mortagne-au-Perche

Mortagne-au-Perche

at 45 km (direction north-east), in the Orne department

There are several places of historic interest to discover here at Mortagne-au-Perche, within the...

See Mortagne-au-Perche guide
Nogent-le-Rotrou

Nogent-le-Rotrou

at 46 km (direction east-north-east), in the Eure-et-Loir department

Within the Perche Regional Natural Park, in Nogent-le-Rotrou you can discover the castle and...

See Nogent-le-Rotrou guide
Asnieres-sur-Vegre

Asnieres-sur-Vegre

at 47 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Asnieres-sur-Vegre guide
Evron

Evron

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

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

See Evron guide

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Markets in and near Ballon

  • Beaumont-sur-Sarthe: market Tuesday (10km)
  • Bonnetable: market Tuesday & Friday (14km)
  • Conlie: market Thursday (20km)
  • Fresnay-sur-Sarthe: market Saturday (20km)
  • Le Mans: market every day except Monday (22km)
  • Mamers: market Monday (22km)
  • Connerre: market Wednesday (23km)
  • Allonnes: market Tuesday (24km)
  • Sille-le-Guillaume: market Wednesday (27km)
  • Arnage: market Saturday (28km)

More information about Ballon, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Ballon, France

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

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Carrouges Chateau (52km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Perche (48km)
  • Normandie-Maine (49km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de l'Epau (Yvre-l'Eveque) (18km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Julien (Le Mans) (19km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du château de Vilaines (29km)
  • Jardins du Mirail (30km)
  • Jardins de la Massonnière (36km)
  • Jardin d’atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux (39km)
  • Jardin de la petite Rochelle (49km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Perseigne (26km)
  • Mont du Haut-Fourché (30km)
  • Forêt d'Écouves (43km)
  • Signal d'Écouves (44km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Coulaines (17km)
  • Cogners (46km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Spaycific'Zoo (29km)
 
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Geography and distances

Ballon is in the north-west of France at 17 kilometres from Le Mans, the department capital (general information: Ballon is 173 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Ballon

Canton: Ballon

Arrondissement: Mans

Department: Sarthe

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 72290

Distance to Ballon

from Le Mans (prefecture): 17 km

from Paris: 173 km

from Calais: 330 km

from Nice: 736 km

from Bordeaux: 376 km

from Strasbourg: 557 km

Getting here

Most visitors get here by car having taken a ferry, probably to Saint-Malo or Caen, and then a drive of around 2 - 3 hours. For driving distances to Ballon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Conge-sur-Orne, Courceboeufs, Luce-sous-Ballon, Montbizot, Saint-Mars-sous-Ballon, Sainte-Jamme-sur-Sarthe, Souligne-sous-Ballon and Teille.

This page in French: Visiter Ballon