Valennes tourism and travel guide

Photo of Valennes in Sarthe

Photo is of La Ferte-Bernard at 24 km from Valennes

Visit Valennes: highlights and tourist information

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

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

Popular places to visit nearby include La Ferte-Bernard at 24 km and Lavardin at 29 km.

Valennes, France: places to visit and attractions

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

La Ferte-Bernard

La Ferte-Bernard

at 24 km (direction north-west)

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

See La Ferte-Bernard guide


Most Beautiful Village at 29 km (direction south-south-east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

With a river and ancient bridge below and an ancient castle above Lavardin, it...

See Lavardin guide


at 30 km (direction south-east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

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

See Vendome guide


at 36 km (direction south-east), in the Eure-et-Loir department

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

See Nogent-le-Rotrou guide


National Monument at 40 km (direction east), in the Eure-et-Loir department

Both the castle and the town along the Loir River make Chateaudun an enjoyable...

See Chateaudun guide
Le Perche

Le Perche

at 45 km (direction east), in the Orne department

The peaceful countryside of the Perche Natural Regional Park has lots of opportunities to...

See Le Perche guide
Le Mans

Le Mans

at 46 km (direction west)

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

See Le Mans guide


at 46 km (direction north-north-west), in the Orne department

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

See Belleme guide


at 60 km (direction south-east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

The town of Blois, with its castle, cathedral, extensive historic centre and other monuments...

See Blois guide
Chateau de Blois

Chateau de Blois

Castle at 60 km (direction south-east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

One of the most impressive of the Loire castles, the Chateau de Blois is...

See Chateau de Blois guide
Chateau du Lude

Chateau du Lude

Castle at 62 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Chateau du Lude guide

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Map of places to visit near Valennes


Markets in and near Valennes

  • Souday: market Wednesday (6km)
  • Mondoubleau: market Saturday & Monday all day (6km)
  • Vibraye: market Friday (9km)
  • Saint-Calais: market Thursday all day & Sunday (10km)
  • Savigny-sur-Braye: market Tuesday (13km)
  • Besse-sur-Braye: market Saturday (19km)
  • La Bazoche-Gouet: market Saturday (20km)
  • Droue: market Tuesday (20km)
  • La Ferte-Bernard: market Saturday & Monday (24km)
  • Connerre: market Wednesday (25km)

More information about Valennes, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Valennes, France

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

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de l'Epau (Yvre-l'Eveque) (40km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château de Poncé (29km)
  • Jardin du domaine de Sasnières (32km)
  • Le pré Catelan (47km)
  • Jardin d’atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux (47km)
  • Roseraie des terrasses de l’évêché (59km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Cogners (18km)

Geography and distances

Valennes is in the north-west of France at 46 kilometres from Le Mans, the department capital (general information: Valennes is 148 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Valennes

Canton: Vibraye

Arrondissement: Mans

Department: Sarthe

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 72320

Distance to Valennes

from Le Mans (prefecture): 46 km

from Paris: 148 km

from Calais: 337 km

from Nice: 691 km

from Bordeaux: 367 km

from Strasbourg: 517 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 Valennes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Baillou, Berfay, Conflans-sur-Anille, Rahay and Souday.

This page in French: Visiter Valennes