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The Sarthe Department
Resolutely French in its ancient villages, its culinary traditions, its wines and its artist crafts, Sarthe, one of the jewels of the west, cultivates a slightly British air through its link with the Plantagenets, its taste for vintage and sports cars, gardens and golf.
|Le Mans, City of Art and History: the historic capital of the first Plantagenets. Hidden behind its magnificent Roman wall, the Plantagenet town is an unalloyed jewel of mediaeval architecture.||
Golf de Sablé Solesmes: graded the most beautiful circuit of Pays de la Loire.
|Asnières sur Vègre: one of the most beautiful villages in France with its 13th century manor house, historic 15th and 17th century houses, shady banks and picturesque bridge, as well as the impressive wall paintings in the little church that have made the village famous.|
|The Le Mans 24 Hour Race: a legendary competition. The Sarthe Musée Automobile traces more than a century of automobile history through a prestigious collection of historic cars.||Solesmes abbey: overlooking the banks of Sarthe, St Pierre de Solesmes abbey is the Mecca of Gregorian chant. Hearing it sung at mass in the abbey church is an unforgettable experience.||Château du Lude: a superb, richly decorated Renaissance style house which is still occupied. The Château du Lude has magnificent gardens “à la française” on the banks of the Loir.|
Further discoveries for longer stays
From Sablé, discover the other departments belonging to the Pays de Loire area, like Anjou with its vineyards and châteaux, or further provinces like Bretagne and Normandie with the famous Mont Saint Michel.