Two days is ideal for a tour of Alençon (cf. the Bureau of Tourism). You’ll be walk around the city on your own, completely free. Don’t miss the Museum of Fine Arts and Lace. The three lace-making techniques are explained, with the emphasis of course on the “Alençon point”. Let the Basilica of Notre-Dame and its remarkable proportions amaze you, then go and visit the birth home of Sainte-Thérèse, which hasn’t been converted into a museum. Finally, don’t miss the Hôtel de Guise, considered one of the most beautiful prefectural residences in France.
In one week you can discover all the facets of Alençon and its dynamic local life. After exploring the city's historic center, visit the Fine Arts Museum. Explore the Basilica of Notre-Dame let its grandiose architecture enchant you. Then, explore the birth home of Sainte-Thérèse and the Hôtel de Guise. After that, explore the Church of the Jesuits, which now houses a media library, its 125 manuscripts dating back to the Middle Ages and its 40,000 ancient books. Also visit the imposing Château des Ducs. Finally, enjoy delicacies of the local gastronomy at a typical restaurant or directly at your hotel.
For a family-friendly experience, you have many choices, since Alençon has plenty of activities. So indulge yourself in the beautiful collections at the Museum of Fine Arts and discover the history of lace at the museum devoted to this local craft. Then, enjoy the great outdoors at Parc La Roseraie, where a stroll among thousands of roses will delight young and old alike. Also don’t miss Parc des Promenades, a favorite place of the residents of Alençon, where children can enjoy a number of playgrounds. Finally, explore Normandy greenery from one of our hotels, for example, in Charters