The city of Alençon is the prefecture of the Orne County and is only about 45 minutes from Camping de la Vée. This city is picturesque with much history to discover and an ample shopping centre as well as out of town shopping parks for you to enjoy.
To discover the city, follow the guide! The Tourist Office proposes a discovery route of 1h30 to do on your own. The information can be downloaded from this website. (You will discover a rich, original and vegetal urban patrimony): Alençon has 33 hectares of parks & gardens which are open to everyone!
Do not miss:
- Halle aux Blés: Wheat Hall (1801); Nowadays an exhibition center
- Halle aux Toiles: Hemp linen Hall (1827)
- Mediathèque : Media Library ; an old Jesuites Church
- Half-timbered houses
- Basilica Notre Dame (14th to 18th Century)
- Castle of Dukes of Normandy (14th Century)…
Alençon, Sanctuary city
Did you know that Alençon is the city where Sainte Thérèse was born?
A scenographic museum tells the story of this family and its incredible destiny. On 26th of January 2012, Alençon was accepted into the Association of French Sanctuary Cities, as well as 14 high-spiritual places in France like Lourdes, Le Mont Saint Michel, Chartres, Nevers, Rocamadour…
Alençon needle lace
Alençon needle lace has made a reputation to the city. This recognized knowledge was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
If you want to learn more visit the “Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la dentelle”.