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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Sarthe

Saint-Cosme-en-Vairais is one of the main centers of emigration Perche to New France (Quebec) in the 17th century. Julien Fortin, direct maternal ancestor of Madonna originated. Although having no direct opening to the sea, the perch has sent during the 17th century many of its people for the colonization of New France. Builders, lumberjacks, laborers from the perch were the first to "make the earth". We found the testimony not only in the names of their descendants but also in the French spoken in the St Lawrence which is closely related to spoken language even now by the inhabitants of the country Percheron.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude48.2725160 (N 48° 16’ 21”)
Longitude0.4589370 (E 0° 27’ 32”)
AltitudeFrom 67m to 180m
Surface area32.63 km²
Population2030 inhabitants
Density62 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLe Mans (40 km, 42 min)
Insee code72276
IntercommunalityCC du Saosnois
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Pouvrai5.2 km (10 min)
Moncé-en-Saosnois5.7 km (7 min)
Nogent-le-Bernard5.9 km (10 min)
Rouperroux-le-Coquet6.1 km (7 min)
Saint-Fulgent-des-Ormes6.2 km (11 min)
Saint-Pierre-des-Ormes6.2 km (9 min)
Saint-Rémy-des-Monts6.7 km (9 min)
Bellou-le-Trichard7.5 km (9 min)
Igé8 km (9 min)
Courcival8 km (12 min)
Avesnes-en-Saosnois8.4 km (12 min)
Saint-Vincent-des-Prés8.4 km (11 min)
Peray9.3 km (13 min)
Nauvay9.4 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest


Visits, leisure and activities nearby


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Perche Thironnais
HikeIntermediate2h45Nonvilliers-Grandhoux (53 km)
Discovering old Mayet
Village visitEasy1h15Mayet (59 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals