If you love motorsports, gites in Sarthe are the ultimate French destination with the iconic Le Mans racetrack at the heart of the region. Visit the track to see motorbike or car races and find out about the history of the famous Le Mans 24 hour road race in the museum at the site - it's been running annually since 1923! Gites in Sarthe are also a good base for exploring the chateaux and vineyards in the area. Do a wine tasting tour and stock up on your favourite vintages. Take some time to shop and browse at the markets that take place in every town and village selling delicious locally grown and produced food, including specialities like Petit Sablé biscuits and rillettes; a coarse, seasoned paté.