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Things to do

Mont St Michel

Your Normandy

Whether you’re a culture lover, a historian or activity nut you’ll find plenty to keep you amused and entertained. Our tips will lead you straight to the very best the region has to offer; picturesque villages, beach restaurants, must-see monuments and D Day locations. Plus.. check out our guests’ picks for laid-back fun.

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Guests’ top 10 things to do

(with very little driving)

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1 Eating moules frites at beach restaurant La Cale

 

2 Explore the coast and choose your favourite empty beach

 

La Maison du Biscuit & Gosselin grocery, foodie heaven

 

Granville for chic shopping, Christian Dior museum and the Old Town

 

5 Golf at nearby Agon Coutainville, a most relaxed, friendly club

 

6 Monsieur Carbonnel’s wine shop in Coutainville

 

La Clé des Temps – a warehouse full of crazy bric-a-brac

 

8 Biking on the flat, quiet roads

 

9 Sampling the cheese, calvados and saucisson at one of the local markets

 

10 Visit a local oyster farm and buy directly from the producer

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A bit of culture

There’s a choice of sights to see all around us, some nearby, some easy day trips.

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Mont Saint Michel

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The must-see World Heritage site.

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The Bayeux tapestry

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11th century linen canvas embroidered after the Battle of Hastings, 1066.

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The American cemetery at Colleville and the DDay landing beaches

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Medieval ruins

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Chateau de Gratot, the Chateau de Pirou and the Abbaye d’ Hambye.

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Dinan

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One of the prettiest towns in Brittany, 13th century buildings, art galleries,

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Villedieu les Poeles

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Famous for its copper work and its bell foundry.

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Les Haras de Saint Lo

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Leading national stud farm, a must for horse lovers.

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Our top towns

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Agon Coutainville

Coutainville beach

A vibrant seaside town with bars, casino, traiteur, restaurants, supermarkets, golf, 9.8 km, 10 minute drive.

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Coutances

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A large historic town, nearest train station, 11th century cathedral, ice rink, bowling, annual Jazz festival, 11km, 12 minute drive.

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Granville

Granville

A pretty port, train station, shopping, Christian Dior museum, ferry to Jersey, 40 km, 35 minute drive.

 

Buzzy restaurants, crazy cafés

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Waterfront cafe

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Jazz cafe

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With Michelin stars: Le Mascaret at Blainville sur mer (8 mins) &  La Marine at Barneville Carteret (40 mins)

More relaxed: Les Flots Bleus at Gouville (5 mins)

La Ferme, La Plancha, Le restaurant du golf at Coutainville (12 mins)

Even more relaxed: La Cale at Blainville beach (10 mins) & La Cabane at Gonneville beach (8 mins)

 

What’s on

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Carnivals, circus shows, concerts, fairs and various festivals… Events and festivals, all year round.

More info

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