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

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.

Le Mans is situated in the Sarthe department and Pays de la Loire region, in the north-west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Sarthe department (general information: Le Mans is 186 kilometres from Paris).

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Sillé-le-Guillaume at 33 km and Parcé-sur-Sarthe at 34 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Le Mans, 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 Mans in Pays de la Loire.

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

 
 

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

Map of places to visit near Le Mans

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

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

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

Le Mans is in the north-west of France. 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