Europa Jazz on May
Entre Cours et Jardins
24 heures du Mans : car (12-16 June), moto (18-21 April), camion (28-29 September)
GP Moto (10-12 May)
International Festival of baroque music in Sablé-sur-Sarthe
Les champs Magnétiques in Fercé sur Sarthe 31 May - 2 June
Sarthe Valley's gardens
Donjon du Ballon: the medieval and Renaissance plant world opens on to the closed gardens of the Donjon du Ballon: vegetable garden (topiairy, ancient roses, aromatic and medicinal plants, leguminous plants), orchard and a rose garden rich about a hundred varieties, peonies and shrubs.
Manoir de la Massonnière à St-Christophe-en-Champagne: surrounded by walls and hedges, several trimmed boxes parterres shape the space: ancient vegetable garden, orchard, grass-covered and paved paths.
Château du Lude: the château opens on to several gardens dominated by an important Ranaissance terrace (romantic garden de la Source, greenhouse, orangery, chinese roses and hundred-year old trees).
Petit Bordeaux à St-Biez-en-Belin: an intimate promenade in the middle of subtle scents for the curious of rare and refined essences. In 2002, it received the 1st Bonpland price awarded by the Société National d’Horticulture.
Jardins des Renaudies à Colombiers-du-Plessis: 3000 genera, species and varieties, vegetable garden.
Loire Castles (at 1h30 / 2h from Château de Vaulogé)
Villandry and its gardens: it impresses by its gardens (water garden, love garden, decorative ornamental garden and vegetable garden).
Azay le Rideau: built in an island in the middle of the river Indre from 1518 to 1527 by Francis I treasurer, Gilles Berthelot. One of the most beautiful Renaissance castle.
Chenonceau: the ladies castle was offered by Henry II to Diane de Poitiers, before that she had to give it back, at the king’s death, to Catherine de Medici, who built the magnificent gallery overlooking the river Cher.
Amboise: ancient royal palace of Charles VIII, Louis XII and Francis I. Last residence of Leonardo da Vinci who settled in 1516 following Francis I invitation.
Blois: centre of the French Renaissance, it was for a longtime a royal city, marked by the Louis XII and Francis I reign, and by the kingdom’s dramatic events, such as the assasination of Duke of Guise. Not miss the castle and its staircase.
Talcy: it evokes at the same time the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Like the poet Ronsard we could be seduced by Cassandre when we discover the charm of this beautiful residence.
Chambord: the biggest of all the Loire castles was built by Francis I. Today, this hunting castle constitutes the only royal palace inherited by the old regime that has through the centuries kept its original form.
Cheverny: the most classic of all the Loire castles. Its style shows the artistic evolution of the 17th century, since that time owned by the same family.