Less than an hour from Paris by TGV, this city in the Pays de la Loire region, bathed by the Sarthe and Huisne rivers, is the capital of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Long before this mechanical epic, the city was the birthplace of Henry II Plantagenet (1133-1189), husband of Eleanor of Aquitaine who became King of England. "A city I loved above all," he said of Le Mans... A city of Art and History, Le Mans has a jewel in its heart with the Cité Plantagenêt. At the foot of its cathedral, there are 20 hectares of cobbled streets, lined with half-timbered houses and Renaissance hotels, sheltered behind a Roman wall to discover with your guide in hand. The heritage of this destination is breathtaking. You can also visit interesting museums including the Queen Berangère Museum, a museum of folk art housed in half-timbered buildings and the Tested Museum with park and gardens. Saint-Julien Cathedral is one of the largest in France (134 m long and 5,000 m² of surface area), a splendour. Don't miss the painting of the angel musicians on the ceiling. An external menhir testifies to the human occupation of the site since prehistoric times. We must see the collegiate church of Saint-Pierre-la-Cour. Le Mans is also an International Tertiary Cluster and a Territory of Medical Excellence. A land of innovation and a university city. There is no shortage of names to designate Le Mans: city of tanners, wax city (made from the 16th to the 19th century), silk city (17th and 18th centuries). It is also the red city because of the colour of its walls and not in reference to the period when it was a working class city

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When to go to Le Mans? All year round, you have accommodation, restaurants, a lively city life and the tramway to get from one point to another. Spring is a particularly good time to visit, as the climate is pleasant and there are many cultural and sporting events such as the Europajazz Festival, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Moto, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Le Mans. Le Mans is a circus among other events of regional or national importance. And don't ignore winter and the end of the year holidays, because then Le Mans celebrates Christmas, and it's magical!

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La Culture reprend ses droits en Pays du Mans : Réouverture progressive des musées du Mans

Since May 20th, the Musée de Tessé with, among others, its astonishing Egyptian tombs (partner of the Louvre Museum) and the Musée Jean-Claudre Boulard - Carré Plantagenêt have reopened their doors to visitors from Le Mans and its region. These two museums welcome visitors again from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 6pm. Of course, all sanitary measures have been respected in order to offer the best possible ...

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"How do you want to govern a country where there are 246 varieties of cheese?" De Gaulle said. In his famous reply, the general forgot about pastries, cold cuts and wine! France is, indeed, a gastronomic paradise for all epicureans! If its refined cuisine is exported all over the world, at Le Petit Futé, we have a real penchant for its local products. From Bayonne and its ham to Normandy and its cheeses: this is our tour of gourmet France! ...

Entre Cours & Jardins - Quand la Cité Plantagenêt ouvre les portes de ses jardins secrets

As at every beginning of autumn in Le Mans, for 11 years now, the Cité Plantagenêt welcomes all lovers of gardens, heritage and history. Every year, this event dedicated to the Art of the Garden and Art in the Garden welcomes thousands of visitors who come from far and wide to discover what is hidden behind the doors of the mansions and other bourgeois (but also more modest) residences of the historic city of Le Mans: the gardens and ...

Escale estivale en Pays du Mans : les nuits chimériques de la Cité Plantagenêt.

From 3 July to 2 September, at nightfall, the Cité Plantagenêt will once again offer itself to the eyes of its visitors through a unique show staged and designed by Skertzò for the city of Le Mans: the Night of the Chimeras. It is in the exceptional setting of the Cité Plantagenêt - a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage List - that Hélène Richard and Jean-Michel Quesne - Skertzò - have created a dreamlike visual and sound trail ...