Days Out in Normandy

Here is a quick look at the places to visit and activities available within easy reach of our Normandy holiday properties. The time we mention is the approximate time to reach each location from our holiday gites near Saint Lô.

Saint-Lô

While 80% of Saint-Lô was destroyed in the allied bombings, there are still many things to see and do. For families and couples alike there is the excellent swimming pool complex, with 5 pools.

Saint Lo national stud farm in Normandy FranceYou can also visit the National Stud, with up to 4 guided visits daily. This is the largest of the 23 national stud farms in France and worth a visit if you are interested in horses and horseriding.

Other attractions in St Lô are: the Museum of Rural Life, the Itinerary of the Liberation, the Ramparts (dating from 800 AD), and the Museum of Fine Arts.

St martin de brehal beach near Granville, Normandy, FranceBeaches

The beach at Saint Martin de Bréhal – 40 minutes away, is a 12km sand beach just north of the town of Granville and you can learn to sail, kite surf, sea kayak or sand yacht.

Granville

Granville is a picturesque town with its old town, port, Casino, excellent shopping and restaurants, and spa. It was the birthplace of Dior – so why not visit the Dior Museum while you are here?

There are also two golf courses for golfers keen to play golf in Normandy – a 27 hole course and a 9 hole course, and parachute jumping and Microlight flights over the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel from Granville aerodrome for the more adventurous.

Mont St Michel in Normandy, FranceFrom several places around Granville you can walk across the bay to Mont Saint Michel. It is advisable to go with a guide as the tide comes in very fast – so fast that you can ride a kayak for 30 minutes on the incoming tidal wave.

Villedieu-les-Poeles is 20 minutes away, with its Bell Foundry, Copper Workshop, House of Pewter, Copperware Museum and Lace Centre and the Museum of Norman Furniture.

The Abbaye d’Hambye is 20 minutes away.

Mont Saint Michel, which is a World Heritage Site, is 1 hour away.
The Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral is 1 hour away.
Countances, 30 minutes away, is famous for its Cathedral and jazz festival – Jazz Sous les Pommiers.

For the more active in Normandy

As well as the parachute jumping and Microlight flights there is bungy jumping (61m high) scable (400m valley crossing at 100km/hour) and swing at the Viaduct de Souleuvre, near Vire. Les Roches des Hams are 10 minutes away, with stunning views (over crepes and cider) and rock climbing.

La Chapelle-sur-Vire is 5 minutes away, with its beautiful walks and cycle rides along the Vire and large play ground.

Other places to visit in Normandy

At Cherbourg there is la Cité de la Mer with its aquarium (they have ray fish you can actually stroke) and nuclear submarine to visit.

Saint Malo and its historic walled city is 1 and a half hours away.

You can go canoeing on the river Vire from several local sites, including Conde sur Vire and Tessy sur Vire both about 10 minutes away.

Normandy Landing Beaches – 1 hour 10 minutes

Honfleur

Deauville – 1hour 20 minutes

Saint Lo market stall

Local Markets in Normandy

  • Saturday morning – Saint-Lô
  • Sunday morning – Caen
  • Tuesday morning – Villedieu-les-Poeles
  • Wednesday morning – Canisy
  • Friday morning – small market in Moyon, slightly bigger in St Lô

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