Exploring Sarthe

In Sarthe, dolce vita is not a slogan, it’s life as it really is!

Welcome to calm, to taking your time. But don’t worry, you won’t be isolated.

In Sarthe, not only can you be successful, you’ll have the time to enjoy your success

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GETTING TO SARTHE
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KEY FIGURES

 

THE DATA

  • Population: 568,760
  • Surface area: 6,206 km²
  • Births: 6,300 per year
  • 361 towns and villages
  • 21 districts
  • 5,000 km of marked footpaths
  • 4,000 km of waterways
  • 113,000 hectares of woodland and forest
  • 4,272 km of trunk roads and a five-way motorway hub

LIVING IN SARTHE

  • 100 enterprise zones, all with high speed internet
  • 10 business incubators
  • 7 business parks
  • 6 hospitals and 2 clinics with surgical units

EDUCATION IN SARTHE

  • 77 secondary schools – 58 state-managed and 19 private
  • 11,000 students
  • 200 teachers, 15 research teams including 6 laboratories partnered with the CNRS (national scientific research centre)
  • 3 engineering schools
  • 91.6% success rate for the general baccalaureate

OUT AND ABOUT IN  SARTHE

  • 400 manor houses and châteaux
  • 411 listed buildings
  • 35 music festivals
  • 65 parks and gardens, 7 of which are classed as “remarkable”
  • 800,000 spectators per year at races at the Circuit des 24 Heures and 250,000 at the Nuit des Chimères son et lumière show
  • 5 archaeological sites and 8 villages classed as “Petite Cités de caractère”
  • 50 museums, ecomuseums and permanent exhibitions
  • 3 zoological parks
  • 2 Michelin-starred restaurants and 19 master restaurateurs (AFMR)
  • 3.2 million visitors to tourist sites
  • 13 venues approved for young audiences
  • 24 schools of music, dance and drama
  • 31 swimming pools

SPORT

  • 120,000 club members
  • over 1,700 sports clubs and 200 events
  • 420 km of cycle paths (Sarthe à Vélo network)
  • 4 golf courses
  • 45 equestrian centres and a European centre of excellence