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Orne (Living environment - Culture - Leisure)

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Landscape: a preserved environment,
Verdant countryside; forests and bocage
Towns steeped in art and history
Recreational appeal: leisure activities, museums, equestrian sports, golf, hiking...
Villages and country hamlets offer a network of services and trade outlets.

Orne offers a verdant landscape with its bocage and vast national forests. The department boasts two regional natural parks (Normandie-Maine and Perche).
Environmental protection including preservation of sensitive natural zones, forests and water quality is one of the department's ongoing concerns.

The climate is a transition between an oceanic climate with mild, wet winters and dry but relatively cool summers, and a deprived oceanic climate characterised by a weaker oceanic influence bringing lighter rain associated with a continental influence.

A land of history, Orne has a rich and varied cultural and architectural heritage, bearing witness to both prosperous and gloomy eras alike: castles (Carrouges, Sassy, Couterne, La Ferté-Fresnel, the Haras National du Pin (national stud farm…), manor houses (Camembert, Nocé…), cathedral (Sées), abbeys (Notre-Dame-de-la-Trappe, Saint-Martin in Sées), basilicas (Notre-Dame-de-Montligeon, Immaculate Conception in Sées), town houses (Mortagne-au-Perche, Bellême), historic cities and charming villages (Domfront, La Perrière, Saint-Céneri-le-Gerei).

Several cultural events are organised in many of the region's towns. Ever-increasing music and cinema enthusiasts gather together each year to enjoy the region's festivals (Septembre Musical de l’Orne, Les Vibrations de Flers, piano Festival in Carrouges, Printemps de la chanson…)

As for its recreational appeal, Orne offers a profusion of leisure sites and fascinating museums. Places of memory offering the opportunity to discover the department's great historical events: The Musée départemental d’art religieux (religious art museum) in Sées, the Ecomusée du Perche (eco-museum) in Saint-Cyr-la-Rosière, the Montormel-Coudehard Memorial Museum, but also a number of museums displaying collections covering a variety of themes and domains from lace and forges to the Countess of Ségur.
Orne, a breath of fresh air: hiking in the forest, the bocage or in the undulating « Suisse normande » (the Roche d’Oëtre, the Rouvre gorges…), relaxation and respite in the Bagnoles de l'Orne spa, horse riding, golf (Bellême), fishing (rivers, ponds...).
Orne is also renowned for its parks and gardens (the Jardin François, the Mansonière gardens, the Sassy gardens and patios…)

Living in the country and working in town. Outside the department's main urban centres, Orne's inhabitants live essentially in small boroughs and towns. Throughout these areas, inhabitants can generally find all of the essential services they need for their daily lives, such as consumer products, work, school or healthcare facilities. The active population has relatively quick access to workplaces throughout the region, the average journey not exceeding fifteen minutes.

55.09% of the Orne population lives in a rural environment, whilst preserving access to the trade outlets and services that are essential to their quality of life.

  • Figure acrobatique d'un étalon au Haras du Pin
  • Thalassothérapie de Bagnoles de l'Orne
  • Manoir Courboyer à Nocé
  • Affiche Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle