Immerse yourself in the history of La Sarthe as you spend your mini break sailing along the river between Sablé-sur-Sarthe and Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe. Stopping wherever you please, you’ll discover abbeys, Châteaux and charming medieval villages.
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
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
When you have explored Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe, it’s time to turn back for the return leg of your cruise. Perhaps visit some of your favourite discoveries as you cruise back to your starting base at Sablé-sur-Sarthe.
Holiday reviews from Sablé-sur-Sarthe
We will come back !
Cruising on our Nicols renting boat was a joy – it was well laid out, very spacious and bright. The route of our trip was most enjoyable with a stop at the foot of the Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes and at Malicorne we discovered the pottery. It was a great break but we will definitely cruise from Sablé-sur-Sarthe for longer next time!
Charlotte, couple, Parthenay