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Places to visit

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West of Normandy and a stone throw away from Brittany, the departement of Manche has kept its traditional landscape of green countryside and hedgerows, rich meadows and apple trees.

You can also enjoy the riches of the sea along the unspoilt coast which offers rocky aspects (cliffs of Champeaux) and fine sandy beaches (Carolles and Jullouville) and which can be explored walking along the ‘sentier des douaniers’ , ‘customs officers lane’ (marked GR223 on your map).

From our house, you can visit:

 

  • Mont Saint Michel : Unesco world heritage site since 1979, an abbey which has celebrated its 1300th anniversary, at the heart of a bay swept twice daily by some of the highest tides in Europe.
  • Saint-Malo: city of the Corsairs nestling within its walls preserved as they were in Vauban’s time, with its many beaches, its islets of Grand Bé and Petit Bé accessible at low tide; with its aquarium, an outing especially suitable for children, which will enable you to discover the marine world with the circular sharks pool, and also the underwater world in the Nautibus.
     
  • Cancale: pretty fishing port, the harbour ‘de la Houle’ (of the sea swell) is the place of choice to eat the delicious local oysters and shellfish with over 50 restaurants to choose from.
  • Dinard : jewel of the Emerald Coast set in its white sandy beaches.
     
  • Fougères castle: built in the Year 1000, this medieval castle, the largest in Europe, was meant to protect the lands of Brittany from French and Norman incursions.
     
  • Avranches and its Scriptorial museum , home to the precious manuscripts of Mont Saint-Michel monks
     
  • Granville with its fishing and sailing harbours sheltered by Cap Lihou, in good weather you can catch magnificent views of the Brittany coast and the Chausey islands.
    - possibility of daytrips to the Chausey islands, Jersey and Guernsey.
    - visit the house where Christian Dior was born, with this year the exhibition "Dior, la révolution du New Look "
    - the museum of modern art Richard Anacréon.
     
  • the beaches of the Normandy Landing : Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Arromanches,du Hoc Point and the American Cemetery of Colleville sur Mer
     
  • Cherbourg and its City of the Sea where you can visit a submarine and a giant aquarium.


We are ideally positioned for you to visit the region as we are situated close to several major walks and footpaths (sentiers de randonnée pédestre), or to cross the Mont Saint Michel bay, following in the footsteps of the ‘miquelots’, the medieval pilgrims, you will reach Mont Saint Michel at the end of a 5 mile walk, having crossed on stepping stones the coastal rivers of Sélune and Couesnon, accompanied by a professional guide who will steer you safely through the areas of quicksand .

If you prefer cycling , we are close to the green cyclepath le Mont Saint Michel - Mortain, where you can enjoy your favourite sport with your family and in total safety.