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Saint Fraimbault sits within the rural beauty of Lower Normandy where the countryside is green and gently undulating. It is perfect for walking, cycling and touring the signed routes stopping to visit small independent producers of cider, poiré and cheese. It is located in the Department de L'Orne whilst sitting on the borders of the Departments of Manche and Mayenne.
There are easy-to-follow walking routes and cycling paths in the locality, many of which follow disused single-track railway lines (Voies Vertes).
Beaches can be accessed to the North (this includes the famous "Normandy Landing Beaches") or to the west where you find stunning beaches such as Carolles. The Brittany beaches, Le Mont
St-Michel, and pretty towns of Dinard and Dinan are also easily accessible for that "day trip".
For the more adventurous individuals, there is bungy jumping at Clècy, and canoeing at Torchamp!
For the children there is a lakeside "beach" at La Ferte Masse, Festyland at Caen, The Enchanted Village at Belle Fontaine, the Zoos at Champs Prepus and Jurques and the amusement park L'Ange Michel.
There are also swimming pools at Gorron, Flers, Saint Hilaire du Harcouët and Bagnoles de l'Orne.
Local markets are still a way of life in France and they are to be found nearby wherever you are travelling. They tend to be held in the morning so an early start might be needed to grab that bargain or local meats and cheeses!!
Below is just a selection nearby - there are many more to choose from
Wednesday St. Hilaire
An 11th century Castle that saw much action and fighting due to its important location on the border between Brittany and Normandy. The castle was therefore heavily fortified during the decades that followed. Unfortunately much of the castle was destroyed. Within walls is the old town, with its narrow cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses and some grander townhouses.
Lassay-les-Châteaux is a small town which is classified in France as a 'small town of character.' There are two castles, the first being Castle Lassay, which was built in the 15th century on the site of an earlier castle. Behind this ancient building is a very beautiful garden. This castle is open to visitors in the summer months. The second castle, the Castle of Bois Thibault, is also on the site of a former castle destroyed during the Hundred Years War and was built in the 15th century. Only part of this castle now remains.
BAGNOLES DE L'ORNE 15kms
Bagnoles de l'Orne is a long established resort. Over the years the town has developed and prospered around its thermal spa waters especially with the building of the Grand Hotel, the lake and the gardens.The town has a great deal of interesting 19th century architecture to enjoy, and its position on a lake further adds to its appeal.
LA FERTÉ MACÉ 20kms
Take a drive from Domfront through the Foret de La Ferté Macé to La Ferte Mace and visit the old town and the lake with its beach. You can stroll around the lake and enjoy refreshments or take a picnic. Ideal for the family.
Jublains is a small village situated not far from the town of Mayenne. It is best known as the site of an important ancient settlement, of which important parts can still be seen. At Jublains you can see the remains of several important buildings including: the roman theatre (still used for summer spectacles) the temple built to replace an earlier wooden temple which was at the centre of the village,a substantial fortress and the thermal baths which can be seen beneath the church in the village.
ST CÉNERI-LE-GÉREI 44kms
St-Céneri-le-Gérei is a very pretty village in a lovely wooded setting on a bend in the River Sarthe in the heart of southern Normandy, in the Orne department to the south-west of Alencon, and officially classified as a 'most beautiful village of France'.
The history of the village dates from the 7th century.
The town falls into two distinct halves, with the Chateau de Fougeres and the Medieval Quarter being in the lower town and quite high above is the upper town. The Chateau de Fougères dominates the medieval quarter of the town. It is an imposing medieval castle with 13 towers. It was built in the 12th century then reinforced in the 15th century. The castle is said to be the largest and most attractive in Europe.
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