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La Chartre sur le Loir is a small market town on the river Le Loir (not the larger La Loire further south) in the Pays de la Loire.


La Chartre-sur-le-Loir vue

The town gets very busy during the Le Mans 24h race period - see Le Mans. The town has all the normal facilities one would expect in a small town e.g. banks, pharmacy, shops, etc.

Get in[edit]

Map of La Chartre sur le Loir

The town is well connected by road, 20 km from junction 26 of the A28 motorway (at Château-du-Loir). The town is a 1hr 10 min bus ride from Le Mans (route TIS-Les Transports Interurbains de la Sarthe 16E departing Le Mans station, arriving La Chartre sur le Loir Fire Station).

Get around[edit]

Hotel de France 2014 Le Mans Porsche 962

The town is small enough to walk around.



  • 1 Open Air Municipal Swimming Pool, rue Jacques Peletier, +33 2 46 43 44 40 32. Open Jul–Aug. Heated.
  • 2 Sailing Club/School (Club de Voile de Marçon), Espace de Loisirs, 72340 Marçon (7 km W of La Chartre sur le Loir), +33 2 43 79 90 10. Sailing dinghy/windsurf hire and tuition. Windsurf hire €15 / hour. Dinghy hire €20 / hour. Canoe €10 / hour. Cheaper for longer times.
  • 3 Descent of the Loir by canoe (Descente du Loir en canoës), Espace de Loisirs, 72340 Marçon (7 km W of La Chartre sur le Loir), +33 2 43 79 90 10. 2 or 3 people per canoe. Transport from Marçon to La Chartre su Le Loir included, launch at La Chartre and canoe back down to Marçon. Approx 2½ hrs. Adult €18. Child €12.
  • 4 Forêt de Bercé (French National Forest) (25 km NW of town (depending on part of forest)). 5400 ha forest with plenty of paths, wildlife, etc.


Town centre has good range of shops (pharmacy, food, stationary, newspapers, maps, banks, etc.)

  • 1 Super U (Supermarket), La Maladrerie, Route de Ruillé, +33 2 43 79 07 23. M–Sa 08:45–19:30 (open until 20:00 F); Su 9:30–12:30. Good sized supermarket (food and general goods with petrol station)


Several restaurants in and around the town.


Quite a few bars in and around the town centre.


Various hotels, Gîtes, B&B and camp sites in and around the town

Also see "Hotel de France" in Drink section above.

  • 2 Le Grand Moulin (Chambre d’hôtes & gîte), 8, rue de Syke, 72340 La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, +33 2 43 44 65 78. Chambre d’hôtes €90 (decreases for subsequent nights).

Stay healthy[edit]


  • 3 Post Office (La Poste), place de L'Hôtel de Ville, 72340 - La Chartre sur le Loir.

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