Things to see and do - Le Mans
Le Mans :
Unmissable tourist sites
Le Mans Travel guide
Le Mans : Michelin's recommendations
Pork products, insurance and motor racing could be cited to give a summary of Le Mans, but that would be an inaccurate picture. One of France’s four “red cities” (on account of the hue of its houses) it encompasses within its Gallo-Roman walls a rich history: a fine Gothic cathedral, and a warren of cobbled narrow streets bordered by half-timbered houses. The old town is known as Cité Plantagenêt, a reference to the dynasty which originated in these parts and long controlled the county of Maine.
Tourist attractions Le Mans : Things to see and do
pl. des Jacobins F - 72000 Le Mans
Jean-Charles Alphand (1817-1891) designed this garden laid out with rocks and a cascading stream. He was a collaborator with Haussman, and then he became the landscape gardener for Buttes-Chaumont, Montsouris Park and the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.
Place des Jacobins F - 72000 Le Mans
Famous for its view over the superb chevet of the St Julien's cathedral this large somewhat cold square occupied by parking lot, has been traced back to the site of the Convent of the same name.
pl. St-Michel F - 72000 Le Mans
On this peaceful square at no. 1 at the foot of the cathedral is the canonical House where the satirical writer Paul Scarron (1640-1660) stayed. He was the author of Comic novel and first wife of the future Mme de Maintenon. Notice the little imp..
Hotels Le Mans
18, Rue Saint-Bertrand F - 72000 LE MANS
Prix Prices from : 35 €
Located in the town center, our ibis budget economy hotel (formerly Etap Hotel) is the ideal base for exploring Le Mans, the cathedral and the old town. Take a break in our rooms for 1, 2 or 3 people with free WIFI and enclosed car park. You will lov..
5 Bd René Levasseur F - 72000 Le Mans
This hotel is situated in the centre of Le Mans, just 800 metres from the Le Mans Cathedral. It offers free Wi-Fi internet access and guests are invited to relax in the on-site bar. Each room includes a telephone and a TV with satellite channels. Al..
Quai Ledru Rollin F - 72000 LE MANS
The Hotel ibis Le Mans Centre is located in the city center, on the banks of the Sarthe river, close to the Place des Jacobins & the Conference Center, with the tram providing access to the train station. The Exhibition Center & Le Mans 24-hour circu..
Restaurants Le Mans
34 bis pl. de la République F - 72000 Le Mans
Technical skill and a minimum of fuss bring the flavours to the fore in this very modern restaurant, all done out in dark tones. Find first-rate ingredients, sauces reduced with real know-how, and a limited number of ingredients beautifully put toget..
3 pl. des Ifs F - 72000 Le Mans
Created by chef Olivier Boussard, of the famous Beaulieu, Le B Lounge serves up good food in a lounge setting. It has a resolutely trendy decor (dark tones, little designer armchairs etc) and a menu that evolves with the market and the seasons. Chic ..
34 pl. de la République F - 72000 Le Mans
Le Mans is abuzz with talk of this place, and with good reason. The decor is fashionable and the short menu features delicious dishes that put a new spin on the classics. Then there are the daily specials on the blackboard!
26 pl. de l'Eperon F - 72000 Le Mans
Located at the entrance to the old town, this former salt loft now has a resolutely contemporary interior (grey tones). The restaurant is a popular spot in the city and the menu changes with the seasons and the local markets. The chef seasons dishes ..
14 r. de la Vieille Porte F - 72000 Le Mans
You come across this nice little place with a half-timbered façade in the old town of Le Mans. The colour red predominates and the ambience is reminiscent of a bistro. The menu is decidedly traditional with rabbit terrine, candied lemon cake etc.
8 r. du Doyenné F - 72000 Le Mans
This gourmet restaurant is housed in a pretty 18C building located just next to the cathedral. The tree-filled gravel courtyard is closed off by railings and forms a charming setting for alfresco dining. The dining rooms inside are nice and intimate...