In the Pays de la Loire, located between the Val-de-Loire and the Armorican Massif, Sarthe is a wooded and green department.
In the Sarthe, nature, woods and forests are the scene of unforgettable adventures. This department is indeed one of the most wooded in mainland France. Forests, lakes, streams and ponds give this territory a mysterious appearance.
The essentials of Sarthe
During your stay in the Sarthe, do not miss to visit the zoo of La Flèche and its 1 animals. Also treat yourself to an introductory driving course on the mythical Le Mans circuit ! Guaranteed sensations by car or motorbike. On the heritage side, the village of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe recently clinched second place in the “French favorite village” competition.
Remarkable natural sites
La Sarthe offers 4 exceptional state forests. Perseigne, Sillé-le-Guillaume, la Petite Charnie and Bercé each contain hidden treasures. But Sarthe is also the magnificent Alpes Mancelles. This Natura 2 classified site covers 000 hectares. Of modest altitude, they nevertheless offer hours of discovery in the heart of its sumptuous deep valleys.
Several historic buildings constitute the rich historical heritage of Sarthe. The Gallo-Roman enclosure of Le Mans, the Saint-Julien cathedral or the mill of Bruère ... But also the royal abbey of Epau, the castle of Lude or that of Sillé-le-Guillaume can be visited all year round .
Sports in nature
On foot, on horseback, by bicycle or by canoe, the possibilities of this territory are turned towards outdoor sports. The Sarthe by bike thus reserves more than 1 kilometers of signposted routes for cycling enthusiasts. And for walks and hikes on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback, 1 kilometers of trails also await you. High quality mountain bike circuits have even been designed there by the discipline's world champion, Laurence Leboucher.