Orne- the department of historic towns
Orne is a department in the Northwest of France, named after the river Orne. Its chief town is Alençon. In Orne, you can discover large areas of scenic countryside, rivers and forests, and some interesting historic towns and pretty villages.
In the South-East of Orne, you can explore Le Perche, a regional natural park with large areas of forests and small rivers. It is a perfect region for those who like walking and cycling in quiet countryside. In the East, there is also the town of Mortagne-au-Perche. It has a very pleasant historical centre, with numerous of 17th century houses to admire.
Then, you go go to the main town of Orne, Alençon. The town has several very interesting historical monuments, like the 16th century Basilica of Notre-Dame or the 15th century Château des Ducs. To the North of Alençon, the town of Argentan has a historic centre. Between Alençon and Argentan, you can visit Sees. In Sees there is an imposing gothic style cathedral and several other historic monuments, like the Chateau d'Ö at Mortree, an attractive renaissance style castle surrounded by moats.
In the South-West of the department, you can find a substantial part of the regional natural park of Normandie-Maine. And if you want to relax a bit, you can go to Bagnoles de l'Orne, where there is a spa resort. Further to the North-West, you can pay a visit to the castle at Flers which houses a museum of art and sculpture.
In the different towns of Orne, you will find all kinds of restaurants and bars, and some clubs.
To do shopping, you can go to Alençon or Bagnoles de l'Orne. There you will find all sorts of shops.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
In Orne, the average temperature in Summer is 17 degrees Celsius, and 4.5 degrees Celsius in Winter.
In Orne, there are 23 coaches lines which revolve around the 5 main city centres: Alençon, Flers, Argentan, Mortagne-au-Perche and l'Aigle. A ticket for one ride costs 2 Euros.