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Le Mans

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Sarthe

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
Population148100 inhabitants
Density2804 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 by the homogeneity of its streets lined with half-timbered houses of the fifteenth century and homes or mansions of the sixteenth century; this preserved historical context has also served as a filming location for movies such as The Hunchback. In the Saint-Julien cathedral, one can see an exceptional window of the early twelfth century: the stained glass window of the Ascension. The Gallo-Roman wall that surrounds the old town dates from the fourth century, and is also exceptionally conserved and enhanced.

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

25th Hour of the Book
One of the oldest book fairs in FranceFrom 10 to 11 october 2015
Europa Jazz Festival
Springtime jazz in SartheApril / May 2016
24 Hours of Le Mans
One of the great motor sports gatheringsJune 2016


St-Julien Cathedral (© City of Le Mans)
St-Julien Cathedral (© City of Le Mans)
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Chapel of musical angels in the cathedral (© City of Le Mans)
Chapel of musical angels in the cathedral (© City of Le Mans)
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Tesse Museum (© City of Le Mans)
Tesse Museum (© City of Le Mans)
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Le Mans Cathedral
Le Mans Cathedral
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Saturday 10 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 16°C
Sunday 11 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 17°C
Monday 12 october
Min. 5°C - Max. 15°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
Taste local produce from Sarthe
Local flavoursFreeChâteau-du-Loir (38 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