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Le Grand-Lucé

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Sarthe

Le Grand-Lucé - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Sarthe

Commune of Sarthe, region Pays de la Loire, Le Grand-Lucé is located about thirty kilometers from the city of Le Mans. With a population of just over 2,000 inhabitants, it is seduced by its small country town and its large greenery.

Feudal mound from the beginning of the eleventh century, the town of Grand-Luce was erected in barony by Francis I in 1539. Destroyed entirely during a fire in the late eighteenth century, the town quickly reborn from the ashes around the castle spared. Today a small town, Le Grand-Lucé still attracts many visitors because of the richness of its architectural and historical heritage.

The proximity of the Sarthe city with Le Mans and its old town makes it an ideal holiday resort in the region.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Grand-Lucé
Tourism label
Latitude47.8661900 (N 47° 51’ 58”)
Longitude0.4676550 (E 0° 28’ 4”)
AltitudeFrom 73m to 153m
Surface area27.26 km²
Population1949 inhabitants
Density71 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLe Mans (18 mi, 40 min)
Insee code72143
IntercommunalityCC Loir-Lucé-Bercé
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Villaines-sous-Lucé1.1 mi (4 min)
Pruillé-l'Éguillé3.3 mi (9 min)
Saint-Vincent-du-Lorouër3.5 mi (6 min)
Saint-Mars-de-Locquenay4.5 mi (10 min)
Volnay4.8 mi (9 min)
Montreuil-le-Henri5.8 mi (14 min)
Saint-Pierre-du-Lorouër5.8 mi (10 min)
Tresson6.4 mi (13 min)
Jupilles6.8 mi (14 min)
Challes7.2 mi (13 min)
Saint-Mars-d'Outillé7.4 mi (14 min)
Parigné-l'Évêque7.6 mi (13 min)
Surfonds7.9 mi (14 min)
Courdemanche8.1 mi (15 min)
Marigné-Laillé8.3 mi (18 min)

Things to see and do

Listed as a historic monument, the castle of Lucé was built in the course of the eighteenth century by the architect M. De Bayeux. Transformed into a military hospital during the Second World War, it became a sanatorium before being sold to a wealthy American in the 1950s, Timothy Corrigan, who redecorated it entirely. Built between the main courtyard and the park, the castle consists of a main house with a pavilion surmounted by a pediment. There are also several common, a farmyard, an orangery and stables. All buildings are stone and surmounted by slate roofs.

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the hotel Bléteau also benefits from an inscription to the Historical Monuments for its facades and its roofs. Entirely made of limestone from Lavoux and adorned with terracotta or terracotta from Sarreguemines, the building now serves as a town hall in Grand-Lucé. Inside, it is possible to admire a work by Jules Hervé-Mathé representing washerwomen.

The Sainte-Facile church is not lacking in interest and deserves attention during a visit to the small town. In the communal cemetery, you can discover an English military cemetery, consisting of 28 aviators' graves. Their planes crashed around Grand-Lucé during the Second World War.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

The market is held every Wednesday morning.

A garage sale is organized every last Sunday of June.

For the 14th of July, on the occasion of the National Day, a ball and animations are organized.

In August, the town offers a tarot contest.


Aerial view of Grand-Lucé
Aerial view of Grand-Lucé
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Military Cemetery airmen English
Military Cemetery airmen English
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Sunday 16 december
Min. 3°C - Max. 9°C
Monday 17 december
Min. 3°C - Max. 9°C
Tuesday 18 december
Min. 5°C - Max. 9°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Taste local produce from Sarthe
Local flavoursFreeMontval-sur-Loir (11.9 mi)
Helicopter Flight above the Loire Valley and Surrounding Châteaux
Entertainment230 € Neuvy-le-Roi (21 mi)
Private Helicopter Flight of Châteaux de Langeais, Villandry and Luynes
Entertainment580 € Neuvy-le-Roi (21 mi)
Private Helicopter Flight – Chenonceau, Amboise, Pagoda of Chanteloup
Entertainment770 € Neuvy-le-Roi (21 mi)
Helicopter Flight over the Great Châteaux of the Loire Valley
Entertainment390 € Neuvy-le-Roi (21 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Discovering old Mayet
Village visitEasy1h15Mayet (11.6 mi)
Around Verneil
HikeEasy2h30Verneil-le-Chétif (12.2 mi)
The Heritage of Vaas
HikeIntermediate2h30Vaas (15.4 mi)
In the footsteps of History
HikeEasy3h30Coulongé (17.4 mi)
HikeEasy2h20La Chapelle-aux-Choux (19.6 mi)


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