During this week of sailing on the Sarthe, admire picturesque villages, châteaux and gardens on the banks of the river and discover, during your boat stops, all the hidden treasures of the region.Passing through the ‘Natura 2000’ conservation area of the lower Angevin valleys make sure you have your binoculars to look out for herons, egrets, ducks and much more wildlife.
The rental of your Nicols boat from the base of Sablé-sur-Sarthe in Anjou is the ideal place to discover this beautiful calm and nonchalant river that is the Sarthe. Its low number of locks will seduce the novice for a first cruise in all serenity.
Sablé-sur-Sarthe: Castle park, guided tour of the ancient town centre, The museum of the flying man, art gallery of the Chateau de Villeneuve, ‘Espace Henri Royer’ with Picnic area, Playground, Mini golf, Pool and jetty.
Solesmes: Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes + Gregorian songs, Chapelle Notre Dame du Nid
Juigné sur Sarthe: Wrought-iron craft
Avoise: Guided tour of the village, Château Dobert (15th & 18th century, Le manoir de la Perrine de Cry (manor house), medieval village of Asnières sur Vègre - small characterful estate and mosaic garden,4 km from Avoise)
Parcé-sur-Sarthe: Small charcterful estate, possible guided tour, Tower Saint-Pierre, Notre-Dame Saint-Joseph chapel, View of Château Pechesseul
Dureil: Visit the town
Malicorne: ‘Musee de la faienceum’ ceramic museum, ‘Malicorne Espace Faience’ earthenware fun and interactive museum, Chateau def Malicorne, guided tour of the village
Noyen: Outdoor amphitheatre, hiking trail at Maison de la Rando (5 km from Noyen)
Fercé-sur-sarthe: Hike on the ‘Boucle des 3 cantons’ (Loop of three townships) discover chapels and Chateau de Vauloge (15th & 17th century)
Chemiré-le-Gaudin/ Port de St Benoît: Riverside hiking route, Eglise d'Athenay (church)
La Suze-sur-sarthe : Château à La Suze-sur-Sarthe (the ancient fortress of the twelfth century), health trail in spruce woods, gardens of Château de Villaines at Louplandes
Roézé-sur-sarthe: Fishing course,
Fillé-sur-Sarthe: Contemporary arts centre, 6km hike - loop of the canal, fishing course, Moulin Cyprien windmill
Spay: Domaine du Houssay: 40hectare park with mini golf, orienteering course, bike rental, canoes and swimming (summer), ‘Spaycific zoo’ (4 km), church.
Pincé-sur-Sarthe: Medieval garden, golf course, hiking trails
Morannes: Aquaculture farm of Anjou, St Aubin’s church, Boule du Fort (a local game)
Brissarthe: Church, hiking trails
Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe: House of the river, Boule de fort (a local game), equestrian centre
After exploring Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe, it’ time to make the return leg of your journey, heading back to Nicols base at Sablé-sur-Sarthe, perhaps stopping to revisit at some of your favourite discoveries on the way.
Holiday reviews from Sablé-sur-Sarthe
We will repeat the experience again!
The Nicols team at Sablé-sur-Sarthe is very professional, attentive and friendly. That's why we rented a canal boat for a second year in Sablé! If possible, we will repeat the experience again because we had such a relaxing stay and loved the artwork in Malicorne.
Sue, Richmond Hill (United States)