Sarthe places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Sarthe department of Pays de la Loire. See also our Sarthe travel guide

photo of Asnieres-sur-Vegre


The small town of Asnières-sur-Vègre is especially picturesque in the area around the bridge and river
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photo of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe


It is the countryside around Beaumont-sur-Sarthe that is the main attraction, but the town itself has several places of interest
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Chateau du Lude

The Chateau de Lude and its lovely gardens are the closest of the Loire Chateaux to Paris
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photo of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe


The traditional market hall and remains of a medieval castle, and the river and bridge, are among the sights to enjoy here at Fresnay-sur-Sarthe
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photo of La Ferte-Bernard

La Ferte-Bernard

The medieval character and picturesque setting make La Ferté-Bernard one of our favourite towns in this region
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Le Mans

Le Mans is best known for its famous car race, but also has a very lovely medieval centre to explore
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photo of Parcé-sur-Sarthe


Parcé sur Sarthe is a classified petites cites de caractere and has an attractive 15-16th century centre.
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photo of Sillé-le-Guillaume


Sillé le Guillaume has a chateau dating to the 11th century and a 13th century collegiate church
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photo of Solesmes


Solesmes is known for its Abbey Saint-Pierre, an important benedictine abbey that has helped introduce gregorian chant to the world
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For more information see the Sarthe guide

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Market towns & days in Sarthe

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Allonnes: Tuesday
Arnage: Saturday
Beaumont-sur-Sarthe: Tuesday
Besse-sur-Braye: Saturday
Bonnetable: Tuesday & Friday
Chateau-du-Loir: Saturday
Conlie: Thursday
Connerre: Wednesday
Ecommoy: Tuesday
Fresnay-sur-Sarthe: Saturday
La Ferte-Bernard: Saturday & Monday
La Fleche: Wednesday
La Suze-sur-Sarthe: Thursday
Le Grand-Luce: Wednesday all day
Le Lude: Thursday
Le Mans: every day except Monday
Loue: Tuesday
Malicorne-sur-Sarthe: Friday
Mamers: Monday
Noyen-sur-Sarthe: Saturday
Sable-sur-Sarthe: Monday
Saint-Calais: Thursday all day & Sunday
Sille-le-Guillaume: Wednesday
Vibraye: Friday

Tourist attractions to visit in Sarthe

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park


4* Towns in Bloom



Towns of Art and History

Le Mans: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Le Mans: See tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardins du donjon de Ballon

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de l'Epau (Yvre-l'Eveque)

Cathédrale Saint Julien (Le Mans)

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

La Fleche