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Sarthe, named after the river that flows through it and eventually joins the Loire, is a department rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. While it may be best known for the 24-hour race at Le Mans, Sarthe offers a plethora of experiences beyond this modern-day attraction. The department is part of the Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie et Maine and is adorned with the scenic Alpes Mancelles.

Architectural Influence

The architectural heritage of Sarthe is a blend of medieval and Renaissance styles. From the well-preserved Roman walls in Le Mans to the 15th and 16th-century houses that line its cobbled streets, the department offers a journey through architectural history. The Châteaux in the region, such as Chateau de Bazouges-sur-le-Loir and Chateau de Montmirail, showcase Italianate gardens and Gothic edifices, reflecting the area's rich architectural tapestry.

Activities and Attractions

Sarthe is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. The River Loir valley is perfect for sightseeing and sampling local produce, including the wines of Jasnières and Coteaux-du-Loir. The department is also renowned for its museums, such as the Musée de l'Automobile, which houses a splendid collection of classic and modern cars. For those interested in watersports, Marcon offers a man-made lake that caters to various activities.

Culinary Delights

Sarthe is a gastronomic delight, offering local delicacies like rillettes, poulets de Loué, and petits sablés de Sablé. The region is also known for its wine, particularly from the areas of Lhomme and Jasnières.

Historic Towns

Le Mans, the department's capital, is a treasure trove of history with its Roman walls and magnificent cathedral. Asnières-sur-Vègre and Malicorne-sur-Sarthe are charming villages that offer a glimpse into the region's past, complete with old houses, water mills, and 12th-century bridges.


The nearest airport to Sarthe is Tours Val de Loire Airport, making it easily accessible for international travellers. The department is also well-connected by road and rail.

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