Le weekend in …..Alençon, Orne, Normandie
Where to stay, where to eat, what to do, how to get there…….

Where to Stay??

Chateau de SarceauxChâteau de Sarceaux B&B

A B&B in an 18th Century Normandy chateau on the outskirts of Alencon

other holiday accommodation in Alencon

Where to eat – recommendedLe Taverne Karlsbräu/Relais d’Alsace
36, rue Maréchal Delattre de Tassigny, Alençon
Large brasserie in the town centre and open 7 days a week. Wide menu, seafood a speciality. Friendly service.
Where to eat – gourmetL Escargot Doré 183, av du Général Leclerc, Alençon – (Tel: 02 33 28 67 67) – opposite the Leclerc shopping centre, just off the main road heading south to Le Mans – truly gourmet experience. Not cheap, but worth it for a special treat. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Where to eat – value for moneyL’Auberge de la Boule d’Or, 72610 Ancinnes
Step back in time – 4 course menu with choice of 4 starters, 4 main courses, cheese and dessert, carafe of wine and coffee for 11 euos inclusive.
Food is excellent – just don’t pay any attention to the décor! Closed Sunday and Monday.
Local food specialitiesSeafood, pork in cider and cream sauce, apples poached in calvados
Local wine/drinkCider, calvados (apple brandy), pommeau (blend of apple juice and calvados), poiré (perry)
MarketTown centre near the church of Notre Dame Thursday and Saturday mornings
Must seeEglise Notre Dame
Chateau de Carrouges
Forest of Perseigne
Forest of Ecouves
Village of St Ceneri-le-Gerei – classed one of the prettiest in France
Gardens of the Mansonière – award-winning gardens
Aventure dans les Arbres – treetop walks at St Léonard des Bois
A bit of culture?Theatre, cinema, museum of Beaux Arts with Alençon lace exhibition
ShoppingPartly pedestrianised town centre shopping area in Alençon; shopping centres on main roads heading west (Carrefour Centre) and south (Leclerc centre).
Somewhere for a strollDiscovery route of the old town; park des Promenades; surrounding forests of Perseigne and Ecouves
Something for the kidsTreetop walks at St Léonard des Bois; animal park of Ecouves; canoeing on the Sarthe
Getting thereAutoroute A28 Caen/Le Havre to le Mans, Train TGV from Paris Montparnasse to Le Mans and then local service to Alencon
Getting aroundMany cycle paths. Buses from town centre to immediate suburbs. Trains to Rouen and Le Mans.
When to come
The Le Mans 24 hour motor race takes place in June every year
For a longer stay…..Numerous gardens, chateaux, pretty villages, Roman remains to visit in the area; activities like horseriding and canoeing are possible.
The Normandy coast, D-Day beaches, Mont St Michel, Giverny, Chateaux of the Loire are all possible as day trips using Alençon as a base.

The former basilica which now serves as a market hall – see

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