Green, blooming, unspoilt, authentic, vibrant… Any of these words could describe La Ferté Macé, the fifth-largest town in the Orne department. Surrounded by stunning natural scenery, it has all the facilities, services and entertainment of a bustling town.

In the heart of Normandy’s woodlands

  • 5,489 inhabitants
  • 30 minutes from Flers and Argentan
  • 1 hour from Caen and Laval
  • 99 community associations
  • €1,116/m2 (source: DVF/PAP Oct. 2023)

Top 5 reasons to move to La Ferté-Macé

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Greenery all around

Set within the Normandie Maine Regional Natural Park and surrounded by the Andaines forest, La Ferté Macé boasts an unspoilt environment. It has also been awarded the “Villes et villages fleuris” (Towns and Villages in Bloom) label. 

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Blue activities

Looking for the beach life? You’ll find it here! La Ferté Macé boasts a huge activity centre, with a 28-hectare lake that is residents flock to in summer.

 

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Stones with stories

With its rich medieval and weaving past, La Ferté Macé has the authentic feel of a village steeped in history.

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Culture within reach

With a cultural centre (Le Grand Turc), a multimedia library, an arthouse cinema, a community centre, a department-wide cultural season (C’61) and festivals (Septembre musical), families have an exclusive access to culture. 

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Get out and about

Hiking, mountain biking, jogging, swimming, judo, strength training, swingolf… With the surrounding countryside, sports facilities and clubs, opportunities for getting active are almost endless!

Welcome to La Ferté-Macé!

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Meet the Town Assembly and share a glass together: the town organises a welcome ceremony for new arrivals. It’s a chance to discover all the town’s facilities and services. 

The town also publishes a handy guide (available from the town hall). To keep up to date with all the latest information about the town, download the “Ville de La Ferté Macé” app, available on iOS and Android. 

What not to miss in La Ferté-Macé

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Ferté Beach

Less than 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre, this 65-hectare activity centre and its lake, one of the largest in the department, are a vast playground for local residents: jogging, fishing, swimming, horse riding, kayaking, paddle boarding and children’s games are all on offer.

Its bell towers

With its two bell towers, Caen stone façade, huge organs and exquisite stained-glass windows, the church of Notre-Dame is one of the jewels in the town’s crown. Just next door, the 11th-century Romanesque church, of which only the choir remains, is a listed historic monument.

And also…

Its collections
The town has a Fine Arts collection that can be admired at the Town Hall as well as a Toy Museum, made up of objects dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, housed in the former bathing house.

A Marcel Pierre tour
Marcel Pierre is a painter and sculptor from La Ferté Macé. Several of his works have been displayed in the town, and can be discovered on this walking tour.

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Working in La Ferté-Macé

Employment in La Ferté-Macé is driven by around fifty shops and some 135 local businesses. 

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These include Ferté-Couture, a subsidiary of luxury prêt-à-porter group Les Ateliers GRANDIS. With 90 employees, it boasts unique expertise and continues to grow. Bagster, France’s leading manufacturer of motorcycle accessories, and Sicab, a specialist in high voltage cables & ignition lead sets, are also among the driving forces behind the local economy. The Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal des Andaines (CHIC) hospital is also a major employer in the area. 

Setting up a business in La Ferté-Macé

Are you thinking of setting up or acquiring a business in La Ferté Macé? La Ferté-Macé belongs to the Flers Agglo wider area: their economic promotions department can offer you tailor-made support and put you in touch with a range of partners. 

The town also provides entrepreneurs with offices for their businesses at the Maison des Services Publics, the business incubator, the Beauregard industrial estate and the Parc industrial estate. The Health Centre is home to healthcare professionals. 

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Learning and studying in La Ferté-Macé

All levels of education are available in La Ferté-Macé: 3 primary schools (1 of which is private) and 2 collèges (1 private).

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Academic establishments

The town has 1 general and technology lycée and 1 vocational lycée, offering a range of courses, and a Maison Familiale et Rurale school offering courses up to and including professional undergraduate degrees.

What’s on in La Ferté-Macé

  • Spring Festival
    May
    A gastronomic event right in the heart of the town, featuring top chefs, local producers and culinary entertainment. Is your mouth watering yet?
  • Dans mon jardin il y a…
    July
    A festival organised in the Barré-Saint park with board games, giant games, a show and entertainment for all the family to enjoy. 
  • Surviv’Orne
    June
    This triathlon, held at the La Ferté-Macé activity park, features a number of events for different ages and abilities. 
  • La Grande braderie
    September
    Every first weekend in September for over 50 years, the town centre has been the scene of a jumble sale, flea market, an art and local produce market and a wine fair, much to the delight of bargain-hunters.

Useful information in La Ferté-Macé


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