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Le Mans

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Sarthe

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Mans
Tourism label
Latitude48.0061100 (N 48° 0’ 22”)
Longitude0.1995560 (E 0° 11’ 58”)
AltitudeFrom 38m to 134m
Surface area52.81 km²
Population147687 inhabitants
Density2796 inhabitants/km²
Insee code72181
IntercommunalityCU Le Mans Métropole
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Coulaines3.3 km (10 min)
Sargé-lès-le-Mans4.8 km (11 min)
Saint-Pavace5.1 km (12 min)
La Chapelle-Saint-Aubin5.3 km (10 min)
Allonnes6.3 km (13 min)
Rouillon6.6 km (15 min)
Yvré-l'Évêque6.7 km (12 min)
Changé7.5 km (13 min)
Saint-Saturnin7.5 km (13 min)
Trangé8.6 km (15 min)
Neuville-sur-Sarthe9.2 km (14 min)
Pruillé-le-Chétif9.5 km (16 min)
Saint-Georges-du-Bois9.6 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

Old Mans is particularly interesting because of the homogeneity of its streets, lined with wood-framed houses and 15th century homes or mansions of the 16th century has preserved this historic setting also served as a location for films like The Hunchback. In the Saint-Julien, one can see a stained glass of exceptional early 12th century: the window of the Ascension. The Gallo-Roman wall surrounding the old town dates from the 4th century, and is also exceptionally well preserved and enhanced.

For lovers of vintage cars, the museum presents 24 Hours of 140 vehicles in 4000 m² teaching in a walk. This museum is located near the circuit of Le Mans 24 Hours, you can visit in a minibus or a baptism to track race car or motorcycle.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Every year, racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans mid-June, and every other year, Classic Car Run "Le Mans Classic", during the first week of July.

From late June to mid-August: "The Chimera", sound and light free in the streets of Old Mans, on the Saint-Julien and the Gallo-Roman wall.

Detailed information

Europa Jazz Festival
Springtime jazz in SartheFrom 09 march to 10 may 2015
24 Hours of Le Mans
One of the great motor sports gatheringsFrom 13 to 14 june 2015
25th Hour of the Book
One of the oldest book fairs in FranceFrom 10 to 11 october 2015


The cathedral of Le Mans
The cathedral of Le Mans
See photo


Thursday 2 april
Min. 7°C - Max. 12°C
Friday 3 april
Min. 9°C - Max. 11°C
Saturday 4 april
Min. 5°C - Max. 13°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Abbey of the shoulder, Moulins'art (mill activity, contemporary art center, water sports, dance hall, starting walking along the canal), Zoo Spay ("Spaycific'Zoo"), Malice ( Art pottery center, water sports, Castle), Castle of Lude, La Fleche Zoo, the Abbey of Solesmes, the Mecca of Gregorian chant. Further north: the Alps Mancelles.

Late May: Classical Music Festival of the Abbey of the shoulder.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse ride between Loir and Bercé
Nature and the great outdoors18 € Vaas (36 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Discovering old Mayet
Village visitEasy1h15Mayet (28 km)
Around Verneil
HikeEasy2h30Verneil-le-Chétif (31 km)
In the footsteps of History
HikeEasy3h30Coulongé (35 km)
The Heritage of Vaas
HikeIntermediate2h30Vaas (39 km)
HikeEasy2h20La Chapelle-aux-Choux (42 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals