10 interesting activities

The Bay of Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel – the pride of Normandy – stands amid the waves at high tide in the Bay, listed World Heritage by Unesco.
The abbey, known as the Wonder of the West, towers over the Bay, dazzling visitors by her beauty.

The abbey of Mont Saint-Michel
The Wonder of the West opens its doors for a traditional or theme tour of its different rooms and intimate cloister. This masterpiece of medieval architecture is a recognised symbol of the expertise of 13th Century builders who erected two sets of three-level buildings on the rocky peak.

http://www.manche-tourism.com/mont-saint-michel-normandy

Granville

Granville “Monaco of the North” “The pirate city” reconverted as seaside resort

The archipelago of Chausey is the insular quarter of Granville, and the pride of its inhabitants! The island, with its idyllic landscapes is only an hour off the coast of Granville. Landing there is a pure delight… Set off to Chausey, and enjoy a visit to the beautiful sandy beaches. Paradise!

http://www.manche-tourism.com/granville-normandy

Cherbourg

Protected by the greatest artificiel bay of the world, the harbour city welcome stopover and nautical event. She supports the city of the sea, in her transatlantic ferry terminal.

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La Hague, Cap Cotentin

Between land and sea, la Manche is a generous land, with breath-taking landscapes…
Discover the bays of Quervière or Ecalgrain, visit the lighthouse of Goury, take in the view from the top of the granite cliff of Jobourg, 128 metres above sea level… Take a walk in the dunes of Biville, or between the gorse and the heather around the megalithic stones “Pierres Pouquelées”. Follow a path along dry stone walls in this area also called “little Ireland”.

During your stay in la Hague, you will find many hidden treasures, and fall under the spell of charming hamlets, with their low houses, nestled away from the wind.
A selection of favourite sites… amongst many others!

http://www.manche-tourism.com/hague-cotentin-normandy

La Côtes des Havres

Land of bocage and coastal landscapes, the Coutances area is a sought after holiday destination, particularly due to its seaside resorts (Agon-Coutainville for example). Outlined by natural harbours – Regnéville, Blainville, Geffosses – the coast offers stunning landscapes. The area enjoys rich architectural and cultural heritage; it boasts one of the grandest Gothic cathedral in France, and hosts many music festivals: jazz, blues, pop…

http://www.manche-tourism.com/coutances-coastal-landscape

Barfleur

Barfleur is one of “the prettiest villages in France”. Take a walk along the quays of Barfleur, at the end of which you will reach the church and the lifeguard station on the shore. Do not miss: the medieval “cour Sainte-Catherine”, the garden of the Augustins, the house of Julie Postel, and the Sainte Marie Madeleine chapel… And of course, do not forget to sample Barfleur mussels, lobster and other local seafood!

http://www.manche-tourism.com/barfleur-cotentin

Tatihou off east coast of la Manche

The island of Tatihou, off the harbour of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and at a stone’s throw from Barfleur, is home to a variety of sea birds; it also attracts visitors passionate about history and nature lovers.

Discover the Maritime Museum, the gardens, and the shipyard, where traditional boats undergo restoration. The name of Tatihou originates from the Vikings: it associates the Norse word “hou” (land surrounded by water) with the first name “Tat”.

The crossing between Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and Tatihou can be done at high tide and at low tide aboard an amphibious boat: This strange embarkation, equipped with wheels runs on the sand at low tide!

http://www.manche-tourism.com/barfleur-cotentin

GR223 – The coastal path

The GR 223, better known as “Sentier des Douaniers” or coastal path is a 446 km foot path, linking Carentan to Mont-Saint-Michel.
With the marshland of Cotentin, the bocage countryside, the cliffs of La Hague and its long sandy beaches, la Manche is a destination full of wonderful surprises. You can choose to set off on a walking holiday or simply explore one of the stages.

http://www.manche-tourism.com/gr223-coastal-path

Sainte-Mère Eglise and Utah Beach

The beach at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, which was given the codename “Utah Beach” for D-Day, stretches over 5 kilometres and was the first of two American landing sectors.

It was the English general Bernard Montgomery who decided on this beach, in order to establish a beachhead in Cotentin, and hasten the capture of Cherbourg and its deep-water port. A little further inland, was another landing zone: Sainte-Mère-Eglise, where the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were dropped. Allies suffered heavy losses there but Sainte-Mère-Eglise was the first French town to be liberated by the Allies.

http://www.manche-tourism.com/dday-normandy-manche

The Cotentin and Bessin Marshlands

Marshes and polders fit harmoniously into a traditional boscage landscape.

Meadows, grazed or mowed, are criss-crossed with ditches and dotted with peat bogs; these have been created in the wetland that stretches out to the sea, to the east and to the west. The marshlands are inhabited by characteristic flora and fauna; the landscapes here have two faces, changing with the seasons.

The best way to understand this particular environment is to visit “la Maison du Parc”. Here, nearly 500 m² of themed areas enable you to go on a fun sensorial tour of the wetland (exhibition, film about the seasons, panoramic view-point, boutique, lounge…).

http://www.manche-tourism.com/maison-du-parc-naturel-regional-des-marais-du-cotentin-et-du-bessin/carentan-les-marais

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