With its cobbled streets, narrow alleys and half-timbered houses, the sophisticated city of Le Mans is a postcard picture of medieval majesty. Countless cathedrals and churches allude to the city’s rich history and present a captivating cultural panorama. Boasting a prime location beside France’s captivating capital, Le Mans provides a sublime springboard from which to visit Paris and the region’s scenic surroundings; however, after absorbing the alluring atmosphere of the sinuous streets, visitors are sure to be loath to leave this fabulous French find.
Le Man’s flagrant fortifications are some of the city’s prime tourists attractions and are only rivalled by those of Rome’s and Istanbul’s; the Roman Wall sprawls over the picturesque banks of the River Sarthe, wrapping itself around the medieval maze of the Old Town.
Elite ecclesiastical architecture is exemplified in the splintering spires and sublime stained glass of St. Julian’s Cathedral, a breath-taking, 1000 year old structure that ranks amongst France’s most impressive landmarks. Within, a magnificent 14th century fresco depicts angelic musicians in the height of festivity.
Immerse yourself in the illustrious past of Le Mans with a visit to the Musee de la Reine Berengere, a local history museum whose colourful collection of artefacts speak eloquently of the city’s turbulent history.
Le Man’s enjoys a rich culinary inheritance that culminates in its regional delicacy of rillettes, a sumptuous pork pate. One of the most traditional places in which to enjoy this local speciality is Le Grenier Sel, an elegant yet rustic eatery which specialises in the region’s signature classics. Sip a bottle of robust red wine while absorbing the style and sophistication that make French culture so famous. (26 Place de L’Eperon, Le Mans, France)