Discover charming villages as you sail from one to the other during this boating weekend on the Sarthe. Explore Solesmes and its sumptuous abbey, the hilltop village of Juigné-sur-Sarthe and Malicorne - famous for its pottery.
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
Once you’ve visited Malicorne, it’s time to make the return leg of your journey - perhaps calling in at some of your favourite new discoveries as you head to the Nicols base at Sablé-sur-Sarthe where you will return your boat.
Holiday reviews from Sablé-sur-Sarthe
We cannot wait for next year!
Sailing by Parc-sur-Sarthe, we came across the imposing and magnificent abbey of Solesmes, pretty locks, beautiful houses and enchanting castles…and a lot of greenery. It's so good to have the time to appreciate the nature that surrounds us! No sooner had we returned from our holiday than we we were already dreaming of our next weekend escape... hurry up next year!