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Challes tourism and travel guide

Photo of Challes in Sarthe

Photo is of Le Mans at 18 km from Challes

Visit Challes: highlights and tourist information

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Le Mans at 18 km and La Ferte-Bernard at 34 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Challes, 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 Challes in Pays de la Loire.

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

Le Mans

Le Mans

at 18 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Le Mans guide
La Ferte-Bernard

La Ferte-Bernard

at 34 km (direction north-east)

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

See La Ferte-Bernard guide
Chateau du Lude

Chateau du Lude

Castle at 37 km (direction south-west)

The Chateau de Lude and its lovely gardens are the closest of...

See Chateau du Lude guide


at 39 km (direction north-west)

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

See Beaumont-sur-Sarthe guide


Most Beautiful Village at 41 km (direction east-south-east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

With a river and ancient bridge below and an ancient castle above...

See Lavardin guide


at 47 km (direction west)

Parcé sur Sarthe is a classified petites cites de caractere and has...

See Parcé-sur-Sarthe guide


at 48 km (direction west)

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

See Asnieres-sur-Vegre guide


at 49 km (direction north-west)

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

See Fresnay-sur-Sarthe guide


at 49 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Sillé-le-Guillaume guide


at 51 km (direction north-north-east), in the Orne department

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

See Belleme guide


at 51 km (direction east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

Now listed as a 'town of art and history', Vendome retains many...

See Vendome guide


at 53 km (direction north-east), in the Eure-et-Loir department

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

See Nogent-le-Rotrou guide


at 58 km (direction south-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

Bauge is a small traditional town with a small castle - and...

See Bauge guide


Most Beautiful Village at 61 km (direction north-west), in the Orne department

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

See Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei guide

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

Map of places to visit near Challes


Markets in and near Challes

  • Le Grand-Luce: market Wednesday all day (8km)
  • Connerre: market Wednesday (16km)
  • Ecommoy: market Tuesday (16km)
  • Le Mans: market every day except Monday (17km)
  • Arnage: market Saturday (17km)
  • Allonnes: market Tuesday (20km)
  • Saint-Calais: market Thursday all day & Sunday (25km)
  • Chateau-du-Loir: market Saturday (26km)
  • Besse-sur-Braye: market Saturday (27km)
  • Bonnetable: market Tuesday & Friday (27km)

Hotels near Challes

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Tourist attractions near Challes, France

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

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de l'Epau (Yvre-l'Eveque) (14km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Julien (Le Mans) (18km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin d’atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux (18km)
  • Jardins du château de Poncé (26km)
  • Jardin du château de Vilaines (28km)
  • Jardins du Mirail (35km)
  • Parc et jardins du château du Lude (37km)
  • Jardins de la Massonnière (41km)
  • Jardin du domaine de Sasnières (46km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Coulaines (19km)
  • Cogners (20km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Spaycific'Zoo (20km)

Geography and distances

Challes is in the north-west of France at 19 kilometres from Le Mans, the department capital (general information: Challes is 176 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Challes

Canton: Mans-Est-Campagne

Arrondissement: Mans

Department: Sarthe

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 72250

Distance to Challes

from Le Mans (prefecture): 19 km

from Paris: 176 km

from Calais: 351 km

from Nice: 709 km

from Bordeaux: 352 km

from Strasbourg: 548 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 Challes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Brette-les-Pins, Parigne-l'Eveque, Saint-Mars-de-Locquenay, Surfonds and Volnay.

This page in French: Visiter Challes

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