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Nogent Le Rotrou is located between the Eure-et-Loir and Orne department in central France. About two hours drive from Paris and on the Huisne River, it is accessible by both rail and the A11 motorway. Once the capital of the Perche region but still dominated by the Château Saint Jean, with a car hire in Nogent Le Rotrou get to know this fascinating and important area and the Parc Régional du Perche.
The 12th to 13th century Château Saint Jean is situated atop a rocky cape south of the town centre and reveals an impressive view of the five valleys below. The remarkable location in conjunction with the long history of conflict in the area exposes why this spot was chosen.
With its fortified walls and towers Nogent Le Rotrou is located at a meeting point of the Island of France, Normandy and Maine. But the conflict over this coveted area created powerful families like the Rotrous who built the Château Saint Jean. Using a car rental in Nogent Le Rotrou explore this vast agricultural zone known for the Percheron horse. This particular breed is believed to be a descendant of Arab stock brought back from the Crusades.
Amazingly, the castle, many other fortified 15th and 16th century farms and manors still survive today. A festival in honour of the local horse and the towns medieval heritage is celebrated at the castle every spring.
A cheap car hire in Nogent Le Rotrou allows the freedom to travel out of town for a sampling of the local bars and restaurants as well as through the Parc Régional du Perche.