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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Sarthe

Arnage is a commune in the Sarthe in Pays de la Loire. It is located at the exit of Le Mans, near the airport, in the Sarthe. According to local legend, the city would take its name from a wicked witch. The villagers have decided to get rid of it by throwing it in the Sarthe, but seeing the surface again with his powers, they cried "A'r'nage". More rationally, rather Arnage comes from the Latin, arena, which means sandy field.

Small, the town nonetheless has an interesting natural heritage and thus offers many outdoor activities. Ideal for family holidays or relaxation with friends, the city seduces with its good air and the good life that prevails there. Dynamic, Arnage constantly renewing its tourist and cultural offer to attract visitors and tourists.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude47.9263420 (N 47° 55’ 35”)
Longitude0.1917540 (E 0° 11’ 30”)
AltitudeFrom 38m to 56m
Surface area10.76 km²
Population5439 inhabitants
Density505 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLe Mans (10.6 km, 18 min)
Insee code72008
IntercommunalityCU le Mans Métropole
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Spay5.4 km (9 min)
Mulsanne5.5 km (8 min)
Moncé-en-Belin5.8 km (9 min)
Ruaudin6.5 km (8 min)
Laigné-en-Belin7.4 km (9 min)
Fillé7.7 km (12 min)
Allonnes7.8 km (14 min)
Saint-Gervais-en-Belin7.9 km (11 min)
Guécélard8.2 km (10 min)
Teloché10.1 km (12 min)
Le Mans10.6 km (18 min)
Étival-lès-le-Mans10.7 km (12 min)
Voivres-lès-le-Mans11.3 km (13 min)
Changé11.8 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

Old, the city has a wealth of Arnage, modest, but very interesting. The surrounding nature also attracts many tourists throughout the year.

Only old heritage of the city, the Saint-Gilles church dates back to the twelfth century. In today bear witness Romanesque windows, a Speckled stones stack on the cob, or bearers of holes indicating the presence of scaffolding at the time. Renovated in the nineteenth century, she has seen many changes take place with the installation of a bell tower, and numerous extensions.

Classified as an historic monument, Jacques de Monceaux funerary inscription, deceased former royal notary in 1644, comes in the form of a copper plate engraved and set in tufa stone.

Today private property, the home of the family Bollee can however admire the towpath. The house is decorated with ponds and waterfalls and other one can still see a need for the operation of the site wind and water supply.

Arnage welcomes today one of the routes of the famous voice of freedom. Leclerc borrowed by or Patton, following the D-Day June 6, 1944, the latter is marked terminals in the emblem of the torch of freedom.

Only water level of the agglomeration of Le Mans, the Gémerie Lake covers about 14 hectares. It comes alive in summer with many activities and other events. Swimming, archery, kayaking or climbing are proposed.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Animated, the town of Arnage offers year-round cultural and sporting events.

Arnage The weekly market is held every Saturday from 8 am to 13h on the Place François Mitterrand. A Christmas market is also held at year end.

Arnage welcomes, in June, the event Arnage in the race. For 24 hours, the city offers various animations on the car, with exhibitions, car shows or the presence of automobiles local clubs.

Created in 2002, the BD Mania festival takes place every year in November. It is thus possible to attend exhibitions, conferences, debates, or to meet professional writers present for signings.


Thursday 27 october
Min. 14°C - Max. 14°C
Friday 28 october
Min. 16°C - Max. 16°C
Saturday 29 october
Min. 16°C - Max. 16°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Taste local produce from Sarthe
Local flavoursFreeChâteau-du-Loir (31 km)
Private Helicopter Flight of Châteaux de Langeais, Villandry and Luynes
Entertainment580 € Neuvy-le-Roi (49 km)
Private Helicopter Flight – Chenonceau, Amboise, Pagoda of Chanteloup
Entertainment770 € Neuvy-le-Roi (49 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Discovering old Mayet
Village visitEasy1h15Mayet (19.6 km)
Around Verneil
HikeEasy2h30Verneil-le-Chétif (23 km)
In the footsteps of History
HikeEasy3h30Coulongé (26 km)
The Heritage of Vaas
HikeIntermediate2h30Vaas (30 km)
HikeEasy2h20La Chapelle-aux-Choux (33 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals