Le Mans Tourism
Le Mans is a medieval town an hour away from Paris. This least explored city in Europe has some of the finest attractions in store. Most of the people have heard the name of the city as the famous sports car race - 24 Hours of Le Mans - takes place just outside the city. But, it’s such a shame that this beautiful town is known only for this event. It is a perfect blend of modern technology, captivating annual events and ancient establishments with their lovely old charm. Surrounded by beautiful valleys, tucked away in lush greenery and home to numerous lovely gardens, this city will leave you awestruck. Though it is near to Paris, it is still far away from all the urban, technological encroachments. You must have heard that stereotypical statement - French people are so rude! - right? You will realize how wrong you were to believe that. The laid-back atmosphere and warm and welcoming people will make you comfortable in no time.
The city can easily be divided into two parts - old town and new town. There are countless buildings in the old city where you can trace the century-old history. You can easily identify these structures according to their architectural style. Some of the buildings date back to the eleventh century and are impressively well-preserved. Splendid establishments surrounded by sprawling traditional English gardens make a picturesque sight. These narrow streets have the capacity to take you back in time. It is a treat for history and architecture lovers.
You must be thinking that this medieval town has nothing else to offer other than few ancient buildings. But, do not be disappointed, my friend. The streets are also adorned with lovely cafes and restaurants that serve delicious local cuisine. You can pamper your taste buds while wandering the winding streets of Le Mans.
If you are a movie buff, you will instantly recognize Le Mans as 'The 3 Musketeers' was filmed here. 'Cyrano de Bergerac' and 'Man in the Iron Mask' are some of the famous movies from the 1990s that have many scenes shot in the old parts of the city. Witnessing the town that was featured in your favourite film will surely be a delightful experience. It has also helped in boosting the tourism in Le Mans.
If you look up the images of this serene city on the internet, one glance is enough to make you fall in love with its pristine landscapes.
Essential travel information and Le Mans tips for your visit
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST) : CEST (UTC+2)
- Currency : Euro (EUR)
- Electricity : 230V with the frequency of 50 Hz.
- Internet : Public WiFi is rare and hard to find. But, cellular internet connectivity is strong in the city.
- Languages :French, English
- Security : Le Mans is mostly a safe city with a friendly neighbourhood and warm localities. But, it is advisable for solo travellers to not to explore completely unknown areas.
- Emergency (European number) : 112
- Emergency : 114 (This is a national phone number for SMS or Fax. it is for people who have difficulty in speaking or hearing.)
- Police Emergency Squad : 17
- Fireguard : 18
- Ambulance (S.A.M.U.) : 15
- Hospital : 0243434343
- Pediatric emergency : 0243434320
- Tipping: There are no strict rules about tipping in Le Mans. But, leaving a tip at the end of a taxi ride is always appreciated.