The Sarthe has a remarkable natural heritage thanks to varied natural environments, rich in diverse flora and fauna. Biodiversity reservoirs, these natural spaces are treasures to share and preserve. This department has been involved for 25 years in the protection and enhancement of this heritage. The Sensitive Natural Spaces (ENS) are privileged, classified places that allow you to discover the Sarthois natural heritage. Today, 11 sites are labeled ENS, because of the strong ecological challenges they represent, such as marshes, peat bogs, wet meadows or even hillsides, moors and cavities, managed and monitored by naturalist experts.
Sarthe river with a castle
To date, the Department is the owner of 4 sites which it promotes: the Prée d’Amont at Vaas, the Vivier at Challes, the meadows of the Gallo-Roman site of Cherré at Aubigné-Racan and the Beauverger cellar as well as chestnut groves of Guillaumeries and Naillerie in Lavernat. Beyond the protection of these spaces, it is a matter of promoting and promoting ENS, for educational purposes. The Sarthe is home to a multitude of animal and plant species, it is a rich and fragile living environment that must be respected, which is why citizenship and respect for the environment are essential for the many visitors of these remarkable natural spaces.
Where can we find like the tourist destination in La Sarthe? There are a lot of must-see destinations containing historical, religious and ecological aspects, one of which is the Abbey of the Crowned Epau.
The Epau Abbey: the masterpiece
This architectural gem, created in 1229, with the support of King Saint-Louis, marks the evolution of Sarthe over the centuries and is one of the jewels of its heritage. From a monastery to a farm, the abbey underwent many transformations until it was bought by the Department of Sarthe in 1959. Now the seat of the Departmental Assembly but also an essential place for cultural and tourist events, the abbey de l’Épau opens a new chapter in its history by rediscovering its letters of nobility, that becomes Royal.
The technology is well applied to this department, each visitor is given a digital tablet (included in the price of the entry) to promote the discovery of the place in complete autonomy. Thanks to certain applications such as “Guidigo”, she discovered a visit for everyone and a visit specially intended for young people. A unique place in Sarthe, the royal abbey of Epau is a meeting point for major events taking place in the department. Photography, music, dance, cultural events and invitations to discovery, there are many opportunities to discover the Epau from another perspective! All the pretexts are good for meeting there with family or friends and thus enjoying the many activities and discovering an amazing heritage. The natural heritage of the Sarthe is also an asset, it is remarkable and constantly valued so that our visitors can discover it during this summer period.
We recommend that you visit the Sarthe if you are traveling to France! Good holidays !