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Le Lude tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Chateau du Lude at 0 km from Le Lude

Visit Le Lude: highlights and tourist information

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

Attractions in Le Lude

The Chateau de Lude and its lovely gardens are the closest of the Loire Chateaux to Paris: Chateau du Lude

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau du Lude at 0 km and Bauge at 23 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Le Lude, 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 Le Lude in Pays de la Loire.

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

Chateau du Lude

Chateau du Lude

Castle less than one km (direction east)

The Chateau de Lude and its lovely gardens are...

See Chateau du Lude guide


at 23 km (direction west-south-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

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

See Bauge guide


at 34 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Parcé-sur-Sarthe guide


at 40 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Asnieres-sur-Vegre guide
Le Mans

Le Mans

at 40 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Le Mans guide


at 40 km (direction south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

Langeais is a small town with a pretty town centre,...

See Langeais guide
Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

Castle at 41 km (direction south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

Château de Langeais is a medieval-renaissance castle with nicely furnished...

See Chateau de Langeais guide


at 41 km (direction west-north-west)

Solesmes is known for its Abbey Saint-Pierre, an important...

See Solesmes guide
Chateau de Villandry

Chateau de Villandry

Castle at 43 km (direction south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

The rooms at Chateau de Villandry can be explored, but...

See Chateau de Villandry guide
Chateau d'Ussé

Chateau d'Ussé

Castle at 45 km (direction south-south-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

The imposing Chateau d'Usse, next to the Loire, is an...

See Chateau d'Ussé guide


at 46 km (direction south-south-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The town of Saumur, in the shadow of the famous...

See Saumur guide
Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur

Castle at 47 km (direction south-south-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The Chateau de Saumur stands in an impressive location with views...

See Chateau de Saumur guide


Most Beautiful Village at 49 km (direction south-south-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

Montsoreau, listed as a 'most beautiful villages in France', also has an...

See Montsoreau guide


Most Beautiful Village at 49 km (direction south-south-west), in the Indre-et-Loire department

In the village of Candes-Saint-Martin, a 'most beautiful village...

See Candes-Saint-Martin guide

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

Map of places to visit near Le Lude


Markets in and near Le Lude

Market days in Le Lude: weekly market: Thursday;

  • Le Lude: market Thursday (0km)
  • Noyant: market Friday (15km)
  • Chateau-la-Valliere: market Monday (17km)
  • La Fleche: market Wednesday (18km)
  • Chateau-du-Loir: market Saturday (20km)
  • Ecommoy: market Tuesday (22km)
  • Saint-Paterne-Racan: market Thursday (25km)
  • Malicorne-sur-Sarthe: market Friday (26km)
  • La Suze-sur-Sarthe: market Thursday (29km)
  • Arnage: market Saturday (31km)

Hotels near Le Lude

More information about Le Lude, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Le Lude, France

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

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • La Fleche (18km)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Cathédrale Saint Julien (Le Mans) (40km)
  • Abbaye de l'Epau (Yvre-l'Eveque) (42km)
  • Prieuré de Notre-Dame de Cunault (Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault) (45km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault) (45km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc et jardins du château du Lude (0km)
  • Parc de Lathan (19km)
  • Jardin d’atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux (20km)
  • Jardin du château de Vilaines (34km)
  • Jardins du château de Poncé (40km)
  • Jardins du Mirail (40km)
  • Jardins de la Massonnière (42km)
  • Les jardins du château de Villandry (43km)
  • Les jardins du prieuré de Saint-Cosme (48km)
  • Les jardins de la Chatonnière (49km)
  • Le jardin des Prébendes d'Oé (49km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Coulaines (42km)
  • Cogners (45km)
  • Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire (47km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Spaycific'Zoo (31km)

Geography and distances

Le Lude is in the north-west of France at 42 kilometres from Le Mans, the department capital (general information: Le Lude is 211 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Le Lude

Canton: Lude

Arrondissement: Flèche

Department: Sarthe

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 72800

Distance to Le Lude

from Le Mans (prefecture): 42 km

from Paris: 211 km

from Calais: 387 km

from Nice: 705 km

from Bordeaux: 317 km

from Strasbourg: 573 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 Le Lude from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 3 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Coulonge, Disse-sous-le-Lude and La Chapelle-Aux-Choux.

This page in French: Visiter Le Lude

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