The name “Alpes Mancelles” may seem presumptuous to some, but where does it come from?
Some say it was Saint-Céneri who first named these landscapes the “Alpes Mancelles”, as these rocky escarpments reminded him of the mountains of the Italian Alps from which he came.
Others, and this is the most likely origin, say that the locals were proud of their “little Alps”. With the town of Le Mans only a few dozen kilometers away, they naturally became known as the “Alpes Mancelles”!
This appellation became even more popular at the beginning of the 20th century, when Georges Durand developed tourism in the Alpes Mancelles and, in 1904, created the “Syndicat d’Initiatives des Alpes Mancelles”, one of the first in France.