Le Mans LE MANS, RILLETTES, 24H RACE AND MUCH MORE
Famous for its 24-hour car race and its rillettes, the city of Le Mans is worth the detour for lots of other things to discover! The Plantagenet centre, a historic heart is an unmissable jewel of your visit. Just 45 minutes from Sainte-Suzanne and Coëvrons, a city stop rich in heritage and family activities.
A LIVELY CITY OF ART AND HISTORY
With its winding lanes beneath the imposing Saint-Julien Cathedral, the Plantagenet city is used regularly as a film set. And with good reason! Half-timbered houses and Renaissance residences follow one after another in this urban ensemble with preserved architecture and beautiful views. In summer, let the magic get to work and marvel at the Nights of Chimera, when luminous projections bring the old stones of the city to life. History and archaeology are on show at Plantagenet Square. In the heart of nature, don't miss the Royal Abbey of Epau, a setting for exhibitions and cultural events.
AN ACTIVE CITY!
In Le Mans, The 24H car race that takes place every spring in June is the most famous event punctuating life in Le Mans. Other races attract fans, like the 24H motorcycle race or the Le Mans Classic. Families who love to get out in the fresh air will head to the Arch of Nature, at the gates of the city. In summer, Papea Park is perfect for young and old thrill-seekers alike! Every day, you can enjoy the city centre and its shopping streets. Make a gourmet stop at the marché des Jacobins every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: there you can buy quality produce from the numerous stalls at the foot of the cathedral.
"BETWEEN COURTYARDS AND GARDENS": THE SECRET PLANTAGENET CITY
At the end of September and beginning of October, this is an unmissable event for lovers of plants, gourds, vegetables of all kinds ... but also heritage! Under a beautiful autumn light, come and enjoy a stroll through the courtyards and passages of the Plantagenêt city as you admire the plantings and meet the horticulturists and florists. The courtyards and gardens, private for many, open up to visitors and offer you a different view of the beautiful residences of the historic heart.