Le Mans Museum
Discover the exciting story of the 24 Heures du Mans and the legendary heroes. Through 120 vehicles, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest tells you the epic story of the automobile in Sarthe and the success of its international event. Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Ford, Porsche, Matra, Audi ... all the big names are represented by their mythical models that immerse the visitor in the world's greatest endurance race. 300m² of temporary exhibitions complete this themed route, which can be continued by visiting the famous 24 Heures du Mans circuit.
Papea parc Theme Park
Papéa Parc offers more than 40 attractions, a circus show, and a wide choice of restaurants to bring together family and friends. This superb Park with family and sensational attractions is located two hours from Paris, near Le Mans.
Le Mans Karting International
Like it’s car racing circuit which surrounds it, Le Mans is also one of the most famous kart circuits in the world. There are actually 3 kart circuits at Le Mans, the first was built in the 1960’s before the Alain Prost circuit was built in 1976 which hosted the World Championships 3 times; in 1978, 1983 and 1991. In 2013 the third track, an all new 1384 metre circuit was built just inside the Porsche curves and within 2 years it hoested the KZ World Championships. Situated just a 2 hour drive from Paris and with the city of Le Mans coping with nearly 300,000 spectators every year for the car race, Le Mans has all the neccessary infrastructure to cope with major events such as the European Championship.
Le Mans Old Town
The old town has lovely narrow streets, stone houses, many with intricate details, colombage (timbered buildings) and the lovely slate rooves common to this area of France. There are numerous half-timbered medieval houses in Le Mans dating from the 14th to 16th centuries: the best known is the 'Maison du Pilier rouge', from the 16th century and on Grand Rue, with its easily recognisable red-painted wooden structure. Interestingly you can tell which houses are the oldest by the design. The houses that have upper floors that protrude forwards of the lower stories are the oldest (typically 15th century), with the extended upper floors serving to increase floor space upstairs, and to protect the entrance from rain. The best place to see this is the group of houses along Rue de la Rene-Berengere, where the Maison du Drapier and Maison de la Reine-Berengere stand either side of the slightly more recent Maison de l'Ave-Maria.
Le Mans Light Show
Translating as the “Night of Dreams”, from Tuesday to Saturday in the summer Le Mans’ seven main monuments are the canvas for artful light displays. These whimsical projections have historic themes to match their landmarks; On the cathedral are gothic-style frescos with knights, signs of the zodiac, angels and legendary beasts. At the Maison de la Reine Bérengère, Richard the Lionheart’s wife, Berengaria of Navarre is portrayed as a ghostly White Lady. While the Gallo-Roman walls are lit up with the imagery you’d see on a Roman mosaic, with monsters from mythology and builders and architects constructing ancient Vindunum.
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Cathedral Of Saint Julian Le Mans
The Le Mans cathedral was built between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries in a fusion of roussard stone, limestone and glass, a richness that makes her the "archaeological" cathedral of medieval religious art. It is one of the largest in France, measuring 134 meters long and covering a ground area of 5000 m². The name comes from Julien, who Christianized Le Mans the fourth century. The heavenly concert by 47 musician angels painted on the vaults of the chapel of the Virgin, is a masterpiece of Western Gothic painting.
Zoo De La Fleche
Ranked as one of the 5 most beautiful zoos in France, Zoo de La Flèche brings together almost 1500 animals in a leafy setting, covering 18 hectares in the Sarthe. Through the quality of its enclosures and facilities, as well as the work of its staff, the Zoo is dedicated to improving both animal well-being and visitor experience. Every day, our teams work hard to make Zoo a dynamic and friendly place to be, which respects its animal residents. This commitment is notably demonstrated through 4 key missions: educating and entertaining the public, through creative and meaningful activities for the animals, but also species conservation and research, both on- and off-site. Zoo de La Flèche provides fun and educational opportunities through our shows and events, such as polar bear diving, sea-lion shows or even our demonstrations showing birds in flight.
It’s no mystery that Tours is a favourite base for people discovering the Loire Valley’s exalted châteaux. Villandry, Chenonceau and Amboise are moments by car, and with the help of the Loire à Vélo network you can visit them on two wheels with ease. But you may find that if you delve a little more into Tours’ history and attractions, it could be difficult to leave the city at all. In the centre are timber houses and renaissance mansions on car-free streets, and museums that draw you into the city’s medieval past.
The town itself, an urban oasis surrounded by glorious countryside, a recognised “Plus Beaux Detours” (most beautiful detours), where you will find not just one church with a twisted spire, but six! Old shops brimming with character, restaurants serving great food, charming cafés where you can sit on the terrace and watch the world go slowly by. This is not a fast paced place. Just down the road from the Chateau is the jewel in the crown of Baugé, one of the most beautiful apothecaries of France in an ancient hospital. Astonishingly the hospital, a vast chateau like building created in 1675, was in use right up to the 1940's
Chateau De Lude
Located on the crossroad of the regions of Anjou and Touraine, between Le Mans and Tours, Le Lude is the most northerly château of the Loire Valley. Le Lude is one of the last remaining important historical castles in France, which is still lived in by the same family, and has been for the past 260 years. Four centuries in one place! The château is an example of four centuries of French architecture. A fortress transformed into an elegant palace-looking house during the Renaissance and the 18th century. Both adults and children alike, will be enchanted by its refined interiors, but also by its gardens, labyrinths, stables and its dungeon; expect a visit full of surprises! Try not to miss out on the well-known Garden festival on the first week-end of June !
This garden is situated fairly close to Le Mans, between Le Mans and Tours to the South West of Paris in the department of Sarthe in Pays de la Loire. The garden which covers 1.5 hectares was started in 1987 and is a wonderful mature garden. Full of trees underplanted with hydrangeas, day lillies, hostas, ancient roses, acers and dogwoods amongst lots lots more. The garden is focused around a beautiful rather périgordien looking house. Every season has its own interest and two large ponds provide focal points in the garden.
Abbaye de solesmes
The Gregorian chant of the monks isn’t the only cultural treasure of the Abbey of Solesmes, the site is also home to many works of art, including sculptures representing many Catholoic saints. Visitors can see relief carvings. The organ is located at the far end of church and it has 39 stops inspired by the great organs of northern Europe.
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