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Le Mans
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Country: France
Region: Pays-de-la-Loire
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Le Mans is a city in France, located on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the préfecture (capital) of the Sarthe département in the Region Pays-de-la-Loire, and is furthermore the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles. It has been host to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race since 1923.


First mentioned by Ptolemy (Geography 2.8.8), the Roman city Vindinium was the capital of the Aulerci, a sub tribe of the Aedui. Le Mans is also known as Civitas Cenomanorum (City of the Cenomani). Their city lies in the ancient Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis. An amphitheatre built in the 3rd century AD is still visible.
Gregory of Tours mentions a Frankish sub-king Rigomer, who was killed by Clovis in his campaign to unite the Frankish territories.
As the principal city of Maine, Le Mans was the stage for struggles in the 11th century between the counts of Anjou and the dukes of Normandy. When the Normans had control of Maine, William the Conqueror was able to successfully invade England; however in 1069 the citizens revolted and expelled the Normans, which led to Hugh V being proclaimed count of Maine.
During World War II, Le Mans was liberated by the US 5th Armored Division on August 8, 1944 following their breakout from the Normandy beachheads.
More informations about the History of Le Mans on the wikipedia:Le Mans !


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The Roman Therm
The Gourdaine Garden
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The Tessé Museum
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The Car Museum
Parc des Tanneries

More informations about the places to visit in Le Mans on the wikivoyage:Le Mans or/and visit the Official Website of the Office of Tourism.


Free Internet/Wifi Access

Here are some places where you can get some free Internet and/or Wifi Access:

  • Mission Locale de l'Agglomération Mancelle - Adress: 50 bis bd winston churchill 72100 Le Mans - Tel:
  • Maison de l'emploi et de la formation du Mans - Adress: 49-51 place des sablons - Email: [email protected] [email protected]
  • Centre culturel L Espal - Adress: 60 62 rue de l Esterel - Tel: 02 43 50 34 36

Nice & Cheap Places to Eat



There are about 120 Couchsurfers in Le Mans, feel free to contact them by searching them on a couchsurf or by posting some messages on the CS Group of Le Mans.


There are some meetings organised in Le Mans, you can check on the CS Group of Le Mans if there is something happened or check on the Regional CS Group of Pays de la Loire to see if there is an event organised in the area.

Coffee or a Drink

Here is a list of local couchsurfers who could be ready to show you the city or/and have a drink with you:


How to get to Le Mans

  • By Car:
  • By Carpooling:

You can find a driver or passenger to share the ride and cut on travel cost. In France carpooling is very popular and is called "covoiturage". Try envoiture.fr to get to Le Mans Envoiture.fr.

  • By Train:
  • By Plane:




  • Police Station:

Police Secours : 17
Commisariat Central du Mans - Rue Coéffort - Tel: 02 43 61 68 00

  • Health Urgency:

SAMU : 15

  • Hospital:

Hopital du Mans - Avenue Rubillard 72000 Le Mans - Tel:
Clinique du Pré - Avenue René Laënnec 72018 Le Mans Cedex 2 - Tel: 02.43.775.775 - Fax: 02.43.775.700

  • Fireman Station:

Pompiers : 18
Caserne de Pompiers - Rue de Degré 72000 Le Mans

  • Embassy:
  • Emergency Doctor:

SOS Médecins
99 rue Béranger 72000 Le Mans - Tel: 0820 08 20 72


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Ouest France, Local Newspaper, May 8th 2009