Le Mans Travel Guide

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Le Mans Things to Do

  • Republic Square

    Le Mans Republic square is a large square in the centre of the city.-- Since 1923 the city has hosted the internationally famous 24 hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race.

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  • Area side of Cathedral

    Pleasant houses at the side of St Juilien cathedral. ---Le Mans is a city in France ,located on the river Sarthe. ==It is the capital of the provence of Maine.-- The inhabitants are called Manceaux.

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  • Town Hall

    Le Mans is 80 kilometres north of the city of Tours France.. The Town Hall was built around 1720 within the walls of the counts Maines Palace in place St Pierre Le Mans France.

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  • Plantagenet area house

    The half timbered houses of Le Mans. Note the stones protecting building from traffic. Pictures show Red Pillar house and the Keys Pllar house { Aux Cles ] built in the 14th century TIP Wear strong shoes everywhere is cobbles

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  • St Juilen Cathedral

    The cathedral of St Julien built between 11th and 15th century is 134 metres long ,, the surface area is one of the largest cathedrals in France. Le Mans is the birthplace of the Plantagenet dynasty The old quarter by the cathedral is Plantagenet cite.

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  • Nights of the Chimera, Le Mans.

    Every summer the town of Le Mans creates its own outdoor cinema with the wondrous "Nuits des Chimeres". A feast for the eyes, every evening at nightfall the old "Cité Plantagenet" comes to life with this free light show. Different parts of the town including the cathedral, the ramparts and the Jacobin fountain are painted with colour. The cathedral...

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  • Le Mans classic 2012.

    For those that cannot stand the constant noise of the "normal" Le Mans 24 hours race, there is always this "classic" where Bugatti, Packhard, Ford GT40 still mean something and the circuit is littered with ols Lotus 7's, Morgans, Jaguar E-types and other beauties from a few years back. There is of course racing going on, but not with the same...

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  • Circus carnival, Le Mans.

    Every year around the same period La Mans stages its circus carnival along the Sarthe river, through some of the old streets and around the cathedral. With a circus theme there are acts from around France plus differents associations have floats. For the kids this is a great evening starting around 20h30 on Saturday 30th June 2012 (this years...

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  • St. Julian's: In the Choir Are Lively...

    The choir stalls are covered by a series of 16C tapestries on thelives of Sts. Gervase and Protase. in a vivid style. I know nothing about them except that a church in their honor looks at the back (east side) of the Hotel de Ville in Paris. There are tapstries in other parts of the church to St. Julian and banners of bishop's of similar type...

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Le Mans Hotels

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  • Ibis Le Mans Centre

    Quai Ledru Rollin, Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, 72000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Kyriad Le Mans Est

    345 Avenue Bollee, Zac Gazonfier, Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, 72000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Emeraude

    18-20, rue Gastelier, Le Mans, 72000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Le Mans Restaurants

  • Menu at 10€!!

    One of those places that you go into because you're freezing your n**s off, and then are very glad that you did. There is of course an a la carte menu, but every day there is a menu at 10€. At first I thought yeah ok, for 10€ we're still going to be hungry afterwards. Not a bit of it!!! Hors d'oeuvre, main meal, dessert, a coffee and a glass of...

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  • Well worth the money...

    Nicely placed in the centre of the old part of Le Mans, just opposite the Town Hall and 5 minutes from the cathedral, I really enjoyed my meal here. Fortunately we had reserved as it was quite full, including the outside terrace. Waiters and waitresses were always smiling and polite, going out of their way to be nice with the grandchildren (never...

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  • They don't have any...

    They don't have any restaurant's at the castle so pack a lunch or eat at places just outside the grounds

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Le Mans Nightlife

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    Not really a nightlife kind of...

    by sls_2001 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Not really a nightlife kind of place, although the fountains in the gardens are great to see in the evenings.

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Le Mans Transportation

  • Train and other

    Le Mans is well served by train by SNCF. Approx one hour from Paris. The city has a good bus and tram service. The currency in France is the Euro. which divides into 100 cents.

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  • This holiday

    This holiday was at the end of October and beginning of November in mostly Brittany France. First stop was Le Mans, on to Rennes, then Brest, so to Quimper, then Vannes each for one night.My last stop for 3 nights was La Rochelle. All travel was by train. The weather for 6 days was sunny and warm, then 2 days wet,and last 2 days half and half. Not...

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Le Mans Local Customs

  • Try to learn a few phrases in...

    Try to learn a few phrases in French. The French people are only rude if you treat them like your servant. So don't do that and you'll have a great time, and so will they.

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  • PARLEZ VOUS FRANCAIS......JUST...

    PARLEZ VOUS FRANCAIS......JUST SMILE AND ATTEMPT TO SPEAK FRENCH......THE LOCALS WERE FRIENDLY IN THE BARS.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Le Mans Warnings and Dangers

  • No real danger. Just hang on...

    No real danger. Just hang on to your purse or wallet and don't do anything you wouldn't do in your own hometown.

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  • IT'S A BIT DANGEROUS RIDING ON...

    IT'S A BIT DANGEROUS RIDING ON SOME OF THE SMALLER ROADS AT NIGHT..AND THEY CAN BE SLIPPERY IF FARM TRAFFIC HAS BEEN ON THEM....MY ADVICE IS GET TO YOUR DESTINATION THERE EARLY.

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Le Mans Tourist Traps

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    If you take a tour of the...

    by sls_2001 Written Aug 26, 2002

    If you take a tour of the castle, the best way is to go in a group tour and pay the top price so you can see the King's private quarters and the Opera house. Very cool places.

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Le Mans Off The Beaten Path

  • Stop at Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

    One of the advantages of renting a car as a mode of independent travel, is that it allows you to explore sites not visited by other tourists, especially if you are not in a hurry. When we plan, we always meticulously examine the local Guide Michelin and old Blue Guides. These often clue us to places to stop for a little enroute (sometimes with 5-10...

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  • The old part of the City has...

    The old part of the City has ancient halftimbered houses in which some have been built at the end of the 14° Century.This one was the house of a locksmith and it is located Grande Rue.It is called the Pillier aux Clés (the keys pillar).

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Le Mans Sports & Outdoors

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    Drive the Racing Circuit and See the...

    by hquittner Written Jul 12, 2007

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    Le Mans is famous for its 24-hr motor road races. There is also a track for motorcycles and within the precinct is a horserace track. I cannot drive and take pictures at the same time and so there is no illustration. Most of the circuit is typical well paved country roads except for two very abrupt right angle bends and a hairpin turn near the stands (which we did not drive).It progresses by D139, 140 & 138. We did this early one morning in May (one month before the annual event) ostensibly to interest our 10 yr old grandson, but it was too early and he dozed off. He also showed no desire to explore "those old cars" or even look at the grandstand. (A decade later he is still moaning over the lost opportunity, I should have MADE him look). So, I have driven Le Mans (but not the Bugatti circuit).

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Le Mans General

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  • have a map of the old city...

    have a map of the old city center.Office de Tourisme (Visitor Center) : Hôtel des Ursulines - Rue de l4etoile - 72000 - Le Mans - 332.43.28.17.22 - Fax : 332.43.23.37.19 - www.ville-lemans.fr Click to enlarge

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  • It's actually Versailles, this...

    It's actually Versailles, this is the closest I could get to it on the cities list Versailles is the huge castle built by Louis XIV and you can spend an entire day walking through the gardens. All of it is beautiful

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  • 24 hour motorbike racing or...

    24 hour motorbike racing or the cars event if you must. Great atmosphere and good food.After the races as we passed through each town heading North , all the people came out to wave at the bikers going home.

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