Located on the doorstep of Normandy and the Vexin Regional Natural Park, Mantes-la-Ville offers an ideal living environment for those who desire the convenience of a medium-sized town and the peaceful turn of life in the countryside. Wooded hills sprinkled with farms blend harmoniously with detached houses and other buildings and, together, they make up the landscape of the town.
Mantes-la-Ville is home to about 20,000 people and occupies an area of 6 km² at the confluence of the Seine and Vaucouleurs rivers. The latter flows through the town and, in particular, the Parc de la Vallée, a real green lung for the area in which locals have a great time meeting up and going for walks. The park also hosts big festivals and open-air theatre. A small part of Mantes-la-Ville also lies on the bank of the Seine. The town is located on the "La Seine à vélo" route linking Paris to Le Havre and Deauville.
A major development hub of the Mantois natural region, Mantes-la-Ville has a lot going for it:
- the A13 motorway connecting Paris to Normandy;
- its proximity to Paris and Normandy (1 h 30 from the coast by car);
- two train stations linking the town to Paris in 35 minutes;
- the extension of the RER E Eole line to the town by 2024; and
- the development of the Mantes U district just a stone's throw away from the end of the RER E line.
Mantes-la-Ville boasts a vibrant cultural and sports scene with over 5,000 licence holders and 50-odd sports clubs. Its Espace culturel Jacques Brel is one of the largest performance halls in the Mantois. It has also hosted the headquarters of Selmer and Buffet Crampon, two internationally renowned manufacturers of wind instruments, for over a century.
Its strong musical identity is reflected in the town's current logo and its coat of arms, which bears a lyre adorned with the Latin motto Urbs artis musicae —"The city of the art of music".