There is so much to do and visit in the region, here are only some of our suggestions. They are all conviently located within a maximum of one and a half hours drive from our accomodations.
Granville, ideally located on the coast, has a lively fishing port, the first shellfish port in France and a marina for boaters.
The Upper Town is full of charm with its cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, quaint shops and stunning sea views. The Lower Town, below, offers beaches, seafront walks and leisure spaces.
Famous for its religious heritage, Avranches is rich in history. Visit its three churches including the Saint Gervais basilica which holds the famous relic of Saint Aubert.
One of the jewels of Avranches is the Jardin des Plantes offering a panoramic view of the bay of Mont Saint-Michel. The gardens are a peaceful place to stroll, with varied plants and relaxation areas.
Visit Le Scriptorial, the museum holding the manuscripts of Mont Saint Michel at the foot of the historic ramparts.
The Abbaye de la Lucerne just a few minutes from Genêts, was built in the 12th century and restored in the 15th and 17th centuries. It's one of the rare examples of medieval Premonstratensian architecture in France, located in a pretty wooded park.
For fans of old architecture, this place is worth the detour on the way to Granville. Numerous cultural, musical and spiritual programs take place during its opening months, including a Viking market!
Further inland discover a very different landscape from that of the coast.
The Grand Cascade is particularly impressive, plunging about 25 meters down a steep cliff. The waterfalls are surrounded by lush greenery and rocky formations, creating a scenic and tranquil setting.
Both sites are well-maintained, and there are pathways and viewing areas that allow visitors to appreciate the beauty of the waterfall from different angles.
The Zoo of Champrepus is located in a picturesque setting and is home to a wide variety of animals, ranging from local species to exotic animals.
The park is superbly landscaped for the animals, reproducing their natural habitats as closely as possible, and for visitors who will enjoy wandering through its lush, pretty gardens.
493, rue Saint-Gaud, Champrépus
The Cornille Havard foundry is heir to a long tradition of bell founders established in Villedieu-les-Poêles since the Middle Ages. The artisans perpetuate a manufacturing tradition, using techniques passed down from generation to generation.
In this unique workshop in France, discover rare know-how during a guided tour where ancestral traditions combine with cutting-edge technologies. The foundry created the new bells of Notre-Dame de Paris.
10 rue du Pont Chignon, VILLEDIEU-LES-POELES
On June 6, 1944, American troops landed on Omaha and Utah beaches and Anglo-Canadian troops landed on Sword, Juno and Gold beaches, surprising the German forces. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives there in terrifying conditions.
The beaches are today dotted with museums, memorials and cemeteries which commemorate the events of the Second World War. Arromanches is known for its artificial port, built after the landing to facilitate the supply of allied troops. Its remains are still visible today.
Saint-Malo is a fortified corsair city famous for its Intra-Muros and as the departure port of the Route du Rhum.
At the bottom of the ramparts, beautiful beaches invite you to swim. Explore the Fort National, accessible on foot at low tide, and the Fort du Petit Bé, located on a small island.
Cancale is renowned for its oysters. Explore the “fruttières,” along the port where you can taste fresh oysters straight from the producer. Walk along the picturesque fishing port of La Houle or their Pointe du Grouin and sentiers des douaniers trails.
Discover from the cold abyssal seas to the warm tropical seas, more than 600 varied species at the Grand Aquarium.
One of the star attractions is the Underwater Tunnel which allows visitors to walk through a tunnel surrounded by water, offering 360-degree views of sea creatures swimming above and around you. A tactile pool lets you caress Breton species and Koi carp.
Rue du Général Patton, Saint-Malo
This charming medieval town has a remarkably preserved historic center. Start at the peaceful port with its waterside cafes, then walk up Rue du Jerzual lined with half-timbered houses.
The ramparts offer a panoramic view of the Rance valley. Don't miss the Basilica of Saint-Sauveur, the Castle and the Clock Tower.
The town is home to cafes, restaurants, small shops and boutique workshops, artists, glassblowers and wood gilders.
Bayeux features preserved medieval architecture, with cobbled streets, half-timbered buildings and water mills. A few minutes from the landing beaches, it was the first town to be liberated and one of the few to have escaped the damage of the fighting.
One of its most famous attractions is the Bayeux Tapestry a 70m medieval embroidery which tells the story of the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. It is UNESCO listed.
One of the highlights of Fougères is its impressive medieval castle, the largest in Europe and it is remarkably well preserved. Built in the 11th century, the castle offers visitors a dive into medieval history with its towers, ramparts and gardens.
Fougères has a charming town center, wander the cobbled streets, discover the half-timbered houses and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of Brittany. Small shops, cafes and restaurants contribute to the town's quaint ambiance
Built in 1760, this malouinière with Louis XV architecture was once a shipyard. It is located in a green setting with a majestic 6-hectare garden overlooking the Rance.
Botany lovers will be delighted by its French gardens, its rockeries, its walled vegetable gardens and its romantic terraces and gardens. There is even a nursery to treat yourself.
28 rue de Cancaval - Le Montmarin, Pleurtuit