Nature and wildlife
Close by the Hotel de France are endless opportunities to discover water meadows, reservoirs, expansive forests and nature reserves, all teeming with local wildlife species.
The Sarthe region, which includes La Chartre and Le Mans in the north, has three major nature reserves nearby: the ancient archaeological site of Cherre at Aubigné Racan, the water meadows of Prée d’Amont in Vaas and the peat bogs of the Vallée de Cartes. It is also home to several reservoirs. Areas of outstanding biodiversity, these lakes and basins are well worth a visit.
Fascinating educational guided nature trails and walks are available in many of these areas or alternatively explore alone, using the informative signs dotted throughout the area. Binoculars are a must!
Trail maps are available at hotel reception. Enquire for picnics.