Pays du Perche Sarthois

Come and discover the attractions and cultural places around Bessé-sur-Braye.

Castles and Abbeys

Château de Courtanvaux
5 minutes by car

Built in the 15th century, the Château de Courtanvaux is located directly in the town. You will discover sparkling and “modern” interiors, a wooded park, and an intoxicating rose garden…. English garden, French garden, and main courtyard. This castle is a starting point for hiking trails, you will find many activities throughout the year, picnic tables, a playground for children...

Château de Montmirail
35 minutes by car

This 15th-century medieval castle, listed as a Historic Monument and built on one of the highest points in the Sarthe, offers visitors a remarkable panorama. Overlooking the small character town of Montmirail, the castle invites you on a real journey through time and history.

Sight Seeing around Pays du Perche Sarthois

Old centers and small towns of character:

Small city of character of Saint Calais. Take advantage of your visit to Calais to discover this small city of character, its main monuments, the Notre Dame church, the grain market, the quays of Anille, the Jean Moulin park and the conservatory garden. Place de l'Hotel de ville, the resource center notably houses the media library and the cinema, but also an old collection comprising nearly 10,000 volumes, from the illuminated book of hours to travel books and a museum that reconnects with the spirit cabinets of curiosities founded in the 19th century.

Old center of La Ferte Bernard:

La Ferte Bernard offers a rich historical heritage:Explore the old center through Porte Saint Julien then walk up Rue d'Huisne, a few meters further on, the 17th century Courtin de Torsay hotel faces Notre Dame des Marais.A few steps away, the 17th century fountain introduces rue Carnot and its half-timbered houses adjoining the 16th century Les Halles, symbols of a once prosperous town.Finally, finish the visit of the old town by the site of the old castle and La Chapelle Saint Lyphard, place of exhibition. The town is also revealed by electric boat through its many canals, or with a small tourist train.

Small city of character of Montmirail:

At the foot of its castle, Montmirail has developed inside the medieval enclosure. The homogeneity of the constructions is reinforced by the use of brick, limestone and lime plaster colored with local sands.You can easily discover the village on your own, thanks to the signposted route from the place du château.

Plantagenet city of Le Mans:

Le Mans, labeled "City of Art and History", conceals in its heart a hidden gem. The Plantagenet City. Twenty hectares of cobbled streets, inhabited by half-timbered houses and Renaissance hotels, sheltered by a Roman or Gothic wall, is also one of the largest in France (134m long for an area of ​​500m² ).

Museum - 24 Hours Le Mans
50 mins by car

Through the 140 vehicles on display, the Automobile Club of West tells you about the epic evolution of the automobile racing in Sarthe and the success of its international event.
Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Ford, Porsche, Matra, Audi… all the big names are represented here by their legendary models which immerse the visitor in the greatest endurance race in the world. Your visit can be complemented with a visit to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit.

10 mins by car

Explore one of the prettiest and most unusual villages in France, approved for the Small Towns of Character label since July 9, 2021. A former troglodyte town during medieval times, the village of Trôo was carved out of the tufa hillside (limestone heap of fossils) in the Loir Valley. In this truly charming village, go for an experience out of time and contemporary habits.

Lake of Saint Calais
13 minutes by car

Come and relax at the leisure center of Saint Calais where you can enjoy several activities. Swimming is supervised, and a pedalo rental is available. You also have petanque courts, mini-golf, and a playground for children.

1 hour by car

Beautiful, dynamic, and lively, the city of Tours is a lovely stopover on the road to the Loire castles. In its historic quarters with their half-timbered houses, PlacePlumereauand Place Chateauneuf are unmissable meeting places.

La Flèche Zoo
1 hour by car

Come and discover nearly 1,500 animals in an 18-hectare green setting. Know better to protect better, this is the vocation of this place where fauna and flora live side by side. Throughout your visit, you will discover educational presentations such as the presentation of sea lions, birds in free flight, or even the giraffe's snack.

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