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Visit Solesmes: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Solesmes is known for its Abbey Saint-Pierre, an important benedictine abbey that has helped introduce gregorian chant to the world

Important note

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

Solesmes is situated in the Sarthe department and Pays de la Loire region, in the north-west of France at 42 kilometres from Le Mans, the department capital (general information: Solesmes is 226 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Parcé-sur-Sarthe at 7 km and Saulges at 17 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Solesmes, 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 Solesmes 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 Solesmes


Markets in and near Solesmes

  • Sable-sur-Sarthe: market Monday (4km)
  • Noyen-sur-Sarthe: market Saturday (15km)
  • Malicorne-sur-Sarthe: market Friday (16km)
  • Loue: market Tuesday (20km)
  • Meslay-du-Maine: market Friday (22km)
  • Chateauneuf-sur-Sarthe: market Friday (23km)
  • La Fleche: market Wednesday (24km)
  • La Suze-sur-Sarthe: market Thursday (25km)
  • Tierce: market Wednesday (29km)
  • Seiches-sur-le-Loir: market Thursday (31km)

More information about Solesmes, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Solesmes, France

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

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • La Fleche (24km)
  • Chateau-Gontier (30km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Cathédrale Saint Julien (Le Mans) (41km)
  • Abbaye de l'Epau (Yvre-l'Eveque) (46km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de la Massonnière (18km)
  • Jardins du Mirail (24km)
  • Jardin du château de Vilaines (28km)
  • Jardin d’atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux (40km)
  • Parc et jardins du château du Lude (41km)
  • Parc de Lathan (54km)
  • Parc et jardin de Clivoy (60km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Île Saint-Aubin (42km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • La Cropte (19km)
  • Coudray (27km)
  • Chenille-Change (32km)
  • Coulaines (42km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Spaycific'Zoo (34km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Solesmes

Canton: Sablé-sur-Sarthe

Arrondissement: Flèche

Department: Sarthe

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 72300

Distance to Solesmes

from Le Mans (prefecture): 42 km

from Paris: 226 km

from Calais: 378 km

from Nice: 746 km

from Bordeaux: 335 km

from Strasbourg: 602 km

Getting here

Solesmes 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 Solesmes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Asnieres-sur-Vegre, Courtillers, Juigne-sur-Sarthe, Louailles, Sable-sur-Sarthe and Vion.

This page in French: Visiter Solesmes

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