Le Mans tourism and travel guide

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Visit Le Mans: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Le Mans is best known for its famous car race, but also has a very lovely medieval centre to explore

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

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Le Mans. For detailed visitor information see the Le Mans travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Le Mans include "secteur sauvegarde" and "town of art and history".

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Sillé-le-Guillaume at 33 km and Parcé-sur-Sarthe at 34 km.

Le Mans, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 28 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Beaumont-sur-Sarthe guide


at 33 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Sillé-le-Guillaume guide


at 34 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Parcé-sur-Sarthe guide


at 34 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


at 36 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Fresnay-sur-Sarthe guide
Chateau du Lude

Chateau du Lude

Castle at 37 km (direction south)

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

See Chateau du Lude guide


at 40 km (direction west-south-west)

Solesmes is known for its Abbey Saint-Pierre, an important benedictine abbey that has helped...

See Solesmes guide
La Ferte-Bernard

La Ferte-Bernard

at 41 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See La Ferte-Bernard guide


Most Beautiful Village at 43 km (direction west-north-west), in the Mayenne department

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

See Sainte-Suzanne guide


at 45 km (direction west), in the Mayenne department

The principal attraction in Saulges is the caves, occupied in prehistoric times...

See Saulges guide


Most Beautiful Village at 48 km (direction north-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 48 km (direction north-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


at 49 km (direction west-north-west), in the Mayenne department

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

See Evron guide


at 50 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

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

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Markets in and near Le Mans

Market days in Le Mans: weekly market: every day except Monday;

  • Le Mans: market every day except Monday (0km)
  • Allonnes: market Tuesday (4km)
  • Arnage: market Saturday (6km)
  • La Suze-sur-Sarthe: market Thursday (16km)
  • Ecommoy: market Tuesday (18km)
  • Conlie: market Thursday (23km)
  • Connerre: market Wednesday (23km)
  • Le Grand-Luce: market Wednesday all day (24km)
  • Noyen-sur-Sarthe: market Saturday (26km)
  • Loue: market Tuesday (26km)

More information about Le Mans, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Le Mans, France

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

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • La Fleche (38km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Cathédrale Saint Julien (Le Mans) (3km)
  • Abbaye de l'Epau (Yvre-l'Eveque) (6km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du château de Vilaines (13km)
  • Jardin d’atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux (18km)
  • Jardins du Mirail (19km)
  • Jardins de la Massonnière (25km)
  • Parc et jardins du château du Lude (37km)
  • Jardins du château de Poncé (42km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Mont du Haut-Fourché (46km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Coulaines (5km)
  • Cogners (36km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Spaycific'Zoo (8km)

Geography and distances

Le Mans is in the north-west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Sarthe department (general information: Le Mans is 186 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Le Mans

Canton: Mans

Arrondissement: Mans

Department: Sarthe

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 72000

Distance to Le Mans

from Le Mans (prefecture): 4 km

from Paris: 186 km

from Calais: 351 km

from Nice: 725 km

from Bordeaux: 355 km

from Strasbourg: 562 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 Mans from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Allonnes, Change, Coulaines, La Chapelle-Saint-Aubin, Rouillon, Ruaudin, Sarge-les-le-Mans and Yvre-l'Eveque.

This page in French: Visiter Le Mans