The Sarthe and Le Mans are a very pleasant tourist destination because there is much to see and make but without the crowd of the tourists of the great traditional sites.
Le Mans has the most beautiful Gallo-Roman enclosure of France. The medieval closed city contains many houses and private mansions of XVIe at the XVIIIe century. The cathedral, Romance and Gothic, is also one of most beautiful of France with exceptional stained glasses. La Nuit des Chimères is a beautiful light and sound show of our sublime and grandiose medieval city. This show is to be seen during the summer (July and August) and is absolutely free.
The in love ones with car will go to famous 24 Hours of Le Mans track (possible to pay a guide) and will visit the Museum impossible to circumvent.
Chanteloup is in limit of the Pole Resident of Sarthe, recognized Regional Tourist Pôle and which profits from the label “Country of art and history”: leave to discovered the strengthened churches and, at 30 minutes, discover the Ferté-Bernard called “Venice of the West” or Montmirail classified as “small city of character”. The close area holds much others for you of surprised with small villages to be visited, such as Asnières-on-Vègre, other small cities of character like Le Grand Lucé or sumptuous castles like Le Lude, one of the prettiest Loire castle. The Loire château are rather close and you can easily make the outward journey and return within a day.
Even Paris is only at two hours of road !