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Step off the beaten path into Manche

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The purpose of this magazine is to show potential visitorsto Manche the special features that make our department

such a great holiday destination. We sincerely hope thequality glossy photos and short informative texts dojustice to the unique atmosphere of what is undoubtedlya beautiful corner of Normandy.

First and foremost, the countryside of Manche was fora long time one of the best-kept secrets of France with itsfamous bocage landscape of narrow lanes and broadleavedhedgerows. Indeed, Manche’s farmers had the foresight topreserve the ancient system of hedgerows and small lanesthat so many regions did away with in the name of progress...Today, you will find a flourishing natural environment fullof wildlife, punctuated by traditional rural architecture.

And then there is the coast. Manche has probably one ofthe longest coastline of any French department and certainlythe most diverse. The north of the department, knownas the Cotentin Peninsula, bathes in the warm winds andwaters of the Atlantic, creating an extraordinary micro-climate

on the north coast of France. Travelling south, rockyoutcrops give way to the rolling dunes and long sandybeaches of the west coast before levelling out intothe flood plains of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay.

Tourism is a major factor in Manche’s economy and as such,is well-developed with a wide range of museums, festivalsand sports clubs for all the family to enjoy. Many farmersand small producers open their businesses to the public,putting on exhibitions and films explaining their work andwhat motivates them. Also, with many regular town marketsand rural farm shops, you will be spoilt for choice as youdelve into the culinary traditions of West Normandy.

We do hope that this magazine, this little tour of ourdepartment, gives you a foretaste of what Manche hasto offer. And please remember, the people of Manche areby nature reserved but also very approachable, so don’thesitate to ask them about their department of which theyare very proud!

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The CoastlineSeascapes …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………4Ports & Harbours …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5/6Islands …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………7

The CountrysideNatural Sites ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………8Regional Nature Parks…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………10Parks & Gardens……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………11

Mont Saint-MichelThe Bay of Mont Saint-Michel………………………………………………………………………………………14Medieval Heritage……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………15Avranches and the Manuscripts ………………………………………………………………………………15

History & HeritageBuilt Heritage ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………18/19D-Day …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………20Museums …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………21

Family EntertainmentPlaces to Visit …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………24At the Seaside……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………24Outdoor Activities ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………25

GastronomyLocal Specialities………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………27

Culture & eventsFestivals & Special Events ……………………………………………………………………………………28/29

Useful Information………………………………………………………30/31

Tourist Offices …………………………………………………………………………………………………………32

The CoastlineSeascapes …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………4Ports & Harbours …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5/6Islands …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………7

The CountrysideNatural Sites ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………8Regional Nature Parks…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………10Parks & Gardens……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………11

Mont Saint-MichelThe Bay of Mont Saint-Michel………………………………………………………………………………………14Medieval Heritage……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………15Avranches and the Manuscripts ………………………………………………………………………………15

History & HeritageBuilt Heritage ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………18/19D-Day …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………20Museums …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………21

Family EntertainmentPlaces to Visit …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………24At the Seaside……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………24Outdoor Activities ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………25

GastronomyLocal Specialities………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………27

Culture & eventsFestivals & Special Events ……………………………………………………………………………………28/29

Useful Information………………………………………………………30/31

Tourist Offices …………………………………………………………………………………………………………32

Copyrights : T. Seni / DGC, S. Fautré, D. Basse, P.Y Le Meur, A. Kubacsi, G. Targat, P. Courault, Jersey Tourism, B. Canu, M. Desaunay, Manoir d’Argences, Château de Martinvast, Houdus - Pontorson, Y. Launay, J.M Desfoux,Scriptorial/Ville d’Avranches, H. Guermonprez, Dead Man’s Corner Museum, Cimetière Allemand de Huisnes-sur-Mer, Musée Airborne Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Chapelle de la Madeleine, Memorial US, Mémorial de la LibertéRetrouvée/Quinéville, OT Saint-Lô, P. Lelièvre, S. Barrault, La Cité de la Mer©Sylvain Guichard, M. Lebreton/Zoo de Champrépus, P.Y. Rospabé, Coast to Coast Roulotte, IRQUA Normandie-Rougereau, IRQUA Normandie-I David-Buchet, T. Seni/ Ville de Granville, P.Y Le Meur / JSLP 2006, J-C Bordier / CG50, P. Cochois, CDT Manche, X.Layout : R2PUB - Tel +33 (0)233 05 75 81 - Print : CORLET ImprimerieWriter : Graham McLachlan - MACTRAD - Tel : +33 (0)233 07 67 04 - [email protected]

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Contemplez un éventail de paysagesDu Nord au Sud, d’Est en Ouest, les paysages défilent. A la côterocheuse granitique du Cotentin, et ses falaises qui culminent à180 mètres de haut, succèdent à l’Ouest de longs massifsdunaires, des plages de sable fin et des havres. A l’Est dela Manche, le Val de Saire cède la place à la baie des Veys.C’est l’une des portes d’entrées au Parc naturel régional desmarais du Cotentin et du Bessin. Là, le bocage et la lande flirtentavec les vastes zones marécageuses. Quelques bois et forêts semêlent également à ce cocktail de vie, comme ces pins maritimesqui occupent une partie de la lande de Lessay. Plus au Sud,les chemins bocagers sillonnent les vallées, tandis que leCouesnon court toujours entre Normandie et Bretagne, dansla baie du Mont Saint-Michel. Au-dessus, Granville et l’archipelde Chausey sont un appel au voyage maritime, peut-être vers lesîles anglo-normandes. Le Saint-Lois et le Mortainais, quant à eux,rappellent que la Manche est le premier département bocager deFrance. Tous ces paysages à l’apparence immuable sont en faittrès vulnérables, au point que de nombreuses organisationsy portent attention : associations de bénévoles, services del’Etat, collectivités... L’enjeu : mobiliser les usagers du territoirepour limiter les pollutions et accorder une place à la nature.

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Cap de la HagueJutting out impressively into the Channel, Hague Headlandis the majestic north-west tip of the Cotentin Peninsula.A wild and varied landscape with steep granite cliffs and smallsheltered coves, Hague is home to many seafaring birds andsalt-resistant plant species. Several small fishing ports aredotted along its shores; notably Goury with its wave-batteredlighthouse and circular lifeboat station and the famous PortRacine, the smallest port in France!

To the beach in JullouvilleFacing the myriad Chausey Islands, Jullouville Beach is adreamy seaside resort in the depths of Mont Saint-Michel Bay.The beneficial effects of the Gulf Stream and its shelteredposition give it a very mild climate, sufficiently warm to growcolourful, yellow-flowered mimosas and towering palm trees.Forest and cliffs provide a sublime backdropto the two-kilometre-long sandy beach which is subjectto the greatest tidal range of all Europe.

Rivers and dunes :Pointe d’AgonThe longshore driftsouthwards down the westcoast of Manche has createdone of the most intriguinglandscapes of the region,Agon Point. This massivewindswept sandbar is aprotected natural coastal siteand home to many localwaders and migrating birdssearching for food among thewaves. Further inland, behindthe dunes and the marramgrass, sheep graze peacefullyon the salt marshes in theshelter of the pine woods.

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Manche is a maritime region bordered by 350 km of variedcoastline, comprising granite cliffs and intimate covesin the north, and long sandy beaches and rolling dunes in the south.

Seascapes

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GranvilleGranville is a vibrant coastal town on the shores of Mont Saint-Michel

Bay. The beautiful traditional architecture of the old quarter stands highon the cliffs overlooking the old tidal fishing harbour. The new town hasplenty to offer tourists or the itinerant yachtsman looking for an excitingseaside resort with a vast choice of shops, museums, a casino, a healthcentre, a modern “floating” marina with services and a sailing school.

CherbourgOne of the most striking thingsabout Cherbourg must be themagnificent sea wall that protectsthe largest port complex to befound between Le Havre and Brest.The city is great for shopping andputs on many cultural eventsthroughout the year. Its maritimeheritage takes pride of place withthe Cité de la Mer submarine andvisitor centre. Ocean liners stillstop off at the very same quay thatthe Titanic set out from on herill-fated voyage...

Manche's two major ports are extremely active in fishingand ship construction as well as being great tourist destinations;

they are undoubtedly the economicpowerhouses of the region .

Ports & harboursPorts & harboursManche's two major ports are extremely active in fishing

and ship construction as well as being great tourist destinations;they are undoubtedly the economic

powerhouses of the region .

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Manche has a number of small and charming portsdotted along its coastline, providing a warm welcometo the visiting tourist entering by road or by sea.

Barneville-CarteretJust across the water from Jersey, Barneville-Carteretis a charming seaside resort with its roots plantedfirmly in the 19th century. Born in the age of the railway,the graceful town centre is sandwiched between magnificentcliffs and beautiful beaches. The spacious and shelteredharbour has been used for centuries by sailors headingto the Channel Islands and the marina providesall the services required by the modern yachtsman.

St-Vaast-la-HougueSt-Vaast lies at the western end of the Normandy LandingBeaches, a typical and active fishing port of the Cotentin

Peninsula overlooking the waters of Seine Bay. The mysteriousIsle of Tatihou is just a few hundred yards off the shore

and can be reached by causeway at low tide. The spaciousnew marina makes the port a practical base for preparing

sailing trips to the Channel Islands and Brittany.

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BarfleurThe medieval port of Barfleur has some of the most strikingarchitecture of any port along the Norman Coast. The heavygrey granite of the traditional fishermen's houses givesthe tidal harbour a special atmosphere that can only beheightened by its historic links to William the Conquerorand the Pilgrims’ Trail. The fishing community is still activeand many boats continue to land their catches on the quaysof this remarkable ancient town.

PortbailPortbail is an authentic coastal village nestling

among the dunes of the Cotentin. Within easy reachof the Channel Islands, Portbail marina is a welcome port

of call after rounding the Hague Headland and descendingthe Alderney Race. There are lots of sports on offer too,

such as canoeing, sailing, micro-lighting and horse-riding.Visitors can also take the special Tourist Train for a dayout to Carteret or perhaps visit some local architecture

such as the windmill at Fierville-les-Mines.

Pituresque Havens

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Îles ChauseyThey say that at low tide the Chausey Archipelago has an islet for every day ofthe year! The main island, Grande Île, is the only inhabited part of the islandgroup. A favourite fishing destination for the mainlanders during spring tides,

the islands are home to over 300 types of plants and a multitude of bird species.Not only a unique insular environment, Chausey is also

a great source of interest for the amateur naturalist.

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Manche’s territory does not stop at the shore,indeed, many of the islands lyingoff the coast are open to the publicwith regular ferry servicesand on-site visitor facilities.

Manche’s territory does not stop at the shore,indeed, many of the islands lyingoff the coast are open to the publicwith regular ferry servicesand on-site visitor facilities.

IslandsIslands

Channel IslandsProbably the most famous of all the isles lying off the coastof Manche, the Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark and Alderneyare just a short ferry ride from the ports of Barneville-Carteret,Granville and Dielette.

Île TatihouThe extraordinary past of the Isle of Tatihou can beseen in the impressive military architecture thatdominates its landscape. Once home to a laboratoryoutpost, the small island is today Manche’s foremostmaritime museum, putting on exhibitions and culturalevents throughout the year. The highlight of the seasonmust surely be the traditional music concerts held inmid-August with the spectacular crossing of thecauseway at low tide.

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Ham RocksThe timeless Roches de Ham are vastcliffs of granite covered with a widevariety of small trees and brush. Toweringover the peaceful green pasture in thevalley below, Ham Rocks follow thecourse of the lazy river Vire as it winds itsway to the sea. Much appreciated byclimbing enthusiasts, the panoramic viewfrom the top of the cliffs is a worthyreward for a morning’s climb.

With its majestic granite landscape and lush vegetation,Manche has a wealth of timeless natural sites justwaiting to be discovered.

With its majestic granite landscape and lush vegetation,Manche has a wealth of timeless natural sites justwaiting to be discovered.

Natural SitesNatural Sites

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Cotentin and Bessin MarshesThis magnificent low-lying park stretches from the western edge of the Cotentin Peninsula to the Bessin regionin the east. This unique landscape is made of green grazing plains in the summer, which become “white” in the

winter when they flood. Near Carentan, the Ponts d’Ouve Interpretation Centre is a great way to begina visit to the area. The Centre describes the plant and bird life living in the marshes, as well as delving

into age-old traditions and local architectural heritage.

Normandie-MaineThe Normandie-Maine Park

touches the southern end ofManche Department,

containing most notably thevast Mortain Forest.

It stretches far into Orneand Mayenne and is home to

a rich and varied wildlifethat lives in its vast forests

and woods, criss-crossedby rivers and many footpaths.

France is home to 44 regional nature parks whose purposeis to maintain and support rural communities and traditionswhilst creating prosperity through sustainable development.

Regional Nature ParksRegional Nature Parks

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The rich and fertile soil , and the particularly favourable mild climate, makeManche a plant-lover’s paradise with many unique gardens open to the public.

Parks & GardensParks & Gardens

Jardin du Châteaude Vauville

Vauville Botanical Gardensare an extraordinary product of

the local micro-climate created bythe warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

Founded in 1948, the Gardenscover 40 000 square metresof prime horticultural land

overlooking the sea on the northcoast of Manche. An intriguing

network of paths guides the visitorthrough a colourful setting worthy

of a tropical island with palms,eucalyptus trees and a myriad

of exotic plants!

Parc du Châteaude Martinvast

This timeless example of English-style gardens lies in the grounds ofthe magnificent Martinvast Castle.

A vast park covers meadows,woods, ponds and cascades, whilstthe garden hosts various species ofrhododendrons, gunneras, exoticpine trees, hydrangeas, camellias,

magnolias, etc.

Les jardins d’ArgencesWinner of numerous horticultural prizes, Argences ManorGardens are a harmonious mixture of water featuresand European gardening styles. Every year, the 17th centurymanor lays on an open-air festival of silent film as well asnumerous classical music concerts.

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One of the most famous historic sites of all France, mythicalMont Saint-Michel rises majestically out of the sea in a beautifulnatural bay that separates the shores of Normandy and Brittany.

One of the most famous historic sites of all France, mythicalMont Saint-Michel rises majestically out of the sea in a beautifulnatural bay that separates the shores of Normandy and Brittany.

The Bay ofThe Bay ofMont Saint-MichelMont Saint-Michel

Spring TidesWith up to 15 metres difference between low and hightide, Mont Saint-Michel Bay is reputed to havethe greatest tidal range in Europe! This phenomenonis due to the combined gravitational force of the sun andthe moon when aligned. After every full moon, the sea issucked out into the Channel and then rushes back intothe Bay, surging far up its shores... Occasionally it evenputs the car parks underwater !

Crossing the BayCrossing the Bay at low tide to Mont Saint-Michelis a fantastic way to discover the natural environmentof the area and the perfect approach for preparing a visitto the ancient monastic centre on the Mount. Whether onfoot or on horseback, it is advisable to cross the Bay inthe company of a professional guide to get the mostout of your adventure and ensure your safety.

Making an IslandLong ago, Mont Saint-Michel was an island but timeand tide, and the intervention of Man, have sochanged the character of the local landscape thatthis is no longer the case. Indeed if nothing is done,Mont Saint-Michel will find itself, in thenot-so-distant future, landlocked for all time.To counter this scenario and preserve the beauty ofthe Bay, works are underway to ensure that France’s“Saint Michael’s Mount” remains an island forever.

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Included on UNESCO’s famous worldheritage list, Mont Saint-Michelis a timeless example of religious

architecture and a fountof medieval history.

The VillageMont Saint-Michel is not only a place of religion but also a small fortifiedvillage dating from feudal times. Across the drawbridge and throughthe front gate, the main entrance opens into an intimate congregationof medieval houses that line the narrow winding streets leading upto the abbey. Among the many museums and shops, one establishmentstands out for its culinary speciality and good works; Mother Poulardand her omelettes are famous throughout France.

Mont Saint-Michel AbbeyThe Catholic abbey of Mont Saint-Michel

is run by the monks of the MonasticFraternity of Jerusalem and is dedicated tothe Archangel. A destination for pilgrims

on their way to Santiago de Compostela innorthern Spain, the Abbey is a marvel of

ecclesiastical architecture combining bothRomanesque and Gothic styles. The firstchapel on the Mount was built in 708 andsuccessive communities of monks have

slowly developed the site into themagnificent edifice it is today.

AvranchesRising sturdily out of the southern lowlands of Manche, the fine city of Avranches iswithin easy view of the famous Mont Saint-Michel. This ancient market town is proudof its history and holds many local treasures in Saint-Gervais Church and the townmuseum. The public gardens are of special interest to plant lovers and idle readersof Maupassant looking for an authentic setting. The town has lots of sportand leisure activities on offer, notably a luxury swimming pool complex.

ScriptorialThe Scriptorial is a modern interpretation centre devoted to themanuscripts once held in the abbey libraries of Mont Saint-Michel.This collection of monastic writings is thought to be the mostcomprehensive in all France. Benedictine monks handed thewritings over to the town of Avranches in the late 18th century,fearful of the destructive excesses of the Revolution. Today,the Scriptorial explains in great detail the history and meaningof what can only be considered a national treasure.

Avranches, the capital of southern Manche,is a centuries-old crossroads between Normandyand Brittany, and inextricably linkedto the fortunes of Mont Saint-Michel .

AvranchesAvranchesand theManuscriptsand theManuscripts

Medieval HeritageMedieval HeritageIncluded on UNESCO’s famous worldheritage list, Mont Saint-Michelis a timeless example of religious

architecture and a fountof medieval history.

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Coutances CathedralWith its vertiginous twin spires towering majestically over the

main square, Coutances Cathedral is an impressive example ofGothic architecture from the 13th century. Spectacular stainedglass windows colourfully illustrate important episodes fromthe Bible, while sober statues of the saints look down on the

congregation. The lantern tower is a marvel of the stonemason and the glazier’s arts, bathing the transept with warmth

and colour on a sunny day.

Manche enjoys a great diversity of bothcivil and military architecture, from Vauban fortificationsand feudal castles to hardy granite fishermen’s cottagesand humble cob farm dwellings.

Built heritageBuilt Heritage

Crosville-sur-Douve CastleCrosville Castle is the result of one woman’sdetermination to rescue a piece of local history fromruin and to restore it to its former glory. Open to thepublic, the earliest parts of this historic monument datefrom the 15th century, such as the sturdy keepoverlooking the Cotentin marshes. Other notablefeatures are a magnificent twin staircase and a curiousgarden pavilion whose intricate roof timbers werefashioned by shipwrights.

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Gatteville LighthouseGatteville Lighthouse stands

75 metres tall on the north-eastcoast of Manche, signalling to

sailors the dangers of Barfleur Point.Taking five years to build, the light

was first lit in 1835 and burntrapeseed oil! Its workings were

mechanized in 1984, so keepers nolonger have to climb the 365 steps

to tend to the lamp every night.A star in its own right, the towerhas appeared in many paintingsand was the setting for the 1981

cult movie “Diva”.

MarchésieuxCob HouseThe Maison des Maraisis a fine example of thetraditional agriculturalarchitecture of theCotentin and BessinMarshes. A humbledwelling of thick claywalls and a heavythatched roof, this typeof house is still visiblethroughout theheartland of Manche.Restored at the endof the 1980s, the cobhouse is now open tothe public and serves topromote a particularlyenvironmental way ofbuilding houses.

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Manche played a major role in the D-Day landings that routed the occupyingforces from north-west France during the Second World War. Numerous sitesand museums throughout the region describe the happenings of the Longest Daywhen the brave Allies landed on the beaches of Seine Bay in June 1944.

D-DayD-Day

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There is no better way of learning about a region than visiting its museums,and this is particularly true of Manche whose varied economy relies on manysources, such as agriculture, art and crafts, fishing, industry...

Museums

Christian Dior MuseumThe Dior Museum isa sanctuary of grace

and style, a beacon of beautyand pleasure overlooking the westcoast of Manche. Devoted to the

work of the couturier Christian Dior,the museum lays on exhibitions andevents linked to the art and history

of dressmaking for fashionableladies. Housed in the Dior family

home in Granville, its flower gardenswere perhaps the inspiration for the

designer’s love of the aestheticworld of colour, form and perfume.

Saint-Lô StudThe Saint-Lô National Stud Farm was established in 1806 to ensure that France

had sufficient horses for its cavalry. No longer a burning priority for the army, the“haras” now breeds pedigree animals principally for sporting and leisure activities.

Almost completely destroyed in the bombings at the end of World War II,the stud farm of today is an exact replica of its 19th-century predecessor.

The Bell FoundryOpened in 1865, the Cornille Havard workshop is the last ina long line of bell foundries to practice its trade in the southernManche town of Villedieu-les-Poêles. The campanology industryhas been an integral component of the region’s economy sincethe Middle Ages. From ship’s bells to huge cathedral chimes,the Fonderie de cloches specializes in one-off, handmade objectsin bronze and also makes other campanological equipment.

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The Copper Workshop30,000 people visit the copper workshopevery year to discover the fine art of thecoppersmith and learn about an age-oldindustry that has so marked the region of

Villedieu-les-Poêles. The workshop continuesto produce handmade utensils in bothtraditional and contemporary designs,exporting its output all over the world.

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BeachesThe beaches in Manche take a variety of shapes and sizes. In the Cotentin, every little

cove has its little intimate beach perfect for a midday swim. On the east coast, the shoreof Seine Bay is also a historic area where many traces of the Second World War are stillvisible. Famous for the numerous tidal harbours that punctuate its vast expanse of sand,the west coast is ideal for every kind of leisure activity from kite-flying to sunbathing.

Elf ForestThe Forêt des elfes is an exciting adventure park inthe forest surrounding Cérences. With zip lines and

rope bridges, discover a tree-top trail full of thrillsand spills for all the family. The trail is completely

safe and there are different levels for specific agesand ability. The park also includes a paint-ball zonewhere you can exercise your skills as a sniper using

impressive up-to-date equipment.

Champrépus ZooFor over 50 years, Champrépus Zoo has been delighting

young and old with its fine collection of animals from theAfrican continent and the island of Madagascar.

Magnificent lions, graceful giraffes and acrobatic lemursare just some of the myriad exotic wildlife waiting to be

discovered in this exceptional natural setting. Midwaybetween Villedieu and Granville, Champrépus also

undertakes essential animal conservation work,collaborating with zoos from all over the world.

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La Cité de la MerHoused in the historic transatlantic terminal that was Titanic’slast port of call, the Cité de la Mer is Cherbourg’s major touristattraction. Fascinating exhibitions and extraordinary artefactsdescribe the fantastic human adventure that is deep-seaexploration. The centre contains the tallest aquarium inEurope, standing 10 m high on three levels. However,the star attraction has got to be Redoutable, France’s firstnuclear-powered submarine and the largest vesselof its kind open to the public.

As if its natural beauty were not enough, Manche has developed a hostof top-quality tourist attractions for all tastes and ages, such as museums,theme parks and interpretation centres.

Places to VisitPlaces to Visit

LudiverThe village of Tonneville is aquiet corner of the Cotentinwith very little light pollution…a perfect site for anobservatory!The Ludiver astronomy centregives the public the chance toview the stars throughpowerful telescopes anddiscover the workings of theuniverse with an incrediblyaccurate planetarium. Eventsand activities for all ages makeLudiver a great day out for allthe family.

No other department in France has such a diverseand extensive coast than Manche, a veritable playgroundfor coastal sports enthusiasts.

At the SeasideAt the Seaside

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CyclingWhether you are looking fora challenging MTB trail ora relaxing ride through countrylanes, you are sure to findsomething to tickle your fancyin Manche. There are a numberof old towpaths and railwaylines converted into greenways,and comprehensive maps areavailable for all the best cyclingroutes in the region.

Gypsy CaravansTravel the beautiful Manche countrysidein a gypsy caravan and discover the charm ofthe open road. Relax to the gentle “clip-clop”of the horse’s hooves as you roam through quietcountry lanes and verdant greenways.Horse-drawn caravans can be hired from variousproviders and special routes have been mappedout for your convenience.

Kite-surfingKite-surfing is big in the Cotentin Peninsula withthree dedicated kite-surf clubs around Cherbourg.Also, the long open seaboard of the west coast isan idyll for this exciting new sport that combinessail and surf in an explosive way!

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SailingManche is a great location for theitinerant yachtsman looking forcharming ports and secret coves onhis way to the Channel Islands or ashe returns from the Atlantic. The longsandy beaches make launching trailerdinghies as easy as “one, two, three”and numerous sailing schools offercourses and equipment for hire atreasonable prices. The larger ports,such as Granville, Cherbourg andSaint-Vaast, also provide shipmaintenance services.

Sand-yachtingGreat sand-yachting runs requirelong stretches of sand, free fromobstacles... and that’s just what thewest coast of Manche has to offer!Want to learn more? The manysand-yachting clubs of Mancheare dedicated to promoting andteaching this fast and furiouswind-powered sport.

The great outdoors is waiting for you in the peaceful countryside of Manche;discover a lovingly preserved landscape and a wealth of thriving wildlife.

Outdoor ActivitiesOutdoor Activities

WalkingWith its comprehensive networkof signposted footpaths andtrails, Manche has so much tooffer the dedicated rambler.Refreshing coastal paths windalong the southern cliffs and thenorthern headlands; dreamyrural lanes full of wild flowersdissect the lush bocage; andopen trails criss-cross the wideopen marshes and moors of thedepartment’s midlands.

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If you like good food, you’ll love Manche and its fresh food markets,its restaurants and farm shops. Discover our local independent butchersand fishmongers, selling high-quality foodstuffs full of mouth-watering flavour.

L cal SpecialitiesL cal Specialities

SeafoodManche is a gateway to the sea andall the culinary delights it contains.

The oyster and mussel farms dottedaround the coast provide some ofthe most sought-after shellfish inFrance. Small fishing boats fromManche’s numerous ports bringhome crabs and lobsters and a

whole host of flat and round-fish.Look out for the matelote de

roussette, a very special local recipefor spotted dogfish stew.

ApplesIn Manche, apple-growing is a regionalsport with almost every farm owningan orchard. Local ciderists have trulymastered the art of making refreshingbeverages from this humble fruit,in addition to the ever-present cider, tastetheir delicious brandies, fortified cidersand alcohol-free juices. Discover thetraditional “trou normand”, the practiceof a quick nip of apple brandy halfwaythrough your meal to liven up theconversation!

Dairy ProduceFirst and foremost an agricultural region, Manche has aflourishing dairy industry producing delicious butter, yoghurtand cheese. Discover the legendary unpasteurized Camembertfrom Lessay, the creamy Coutances and the typical unsaltedbutter from the Vire Valley.

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May“Papillons de nuit”in Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves

FebruaryGranville Carnival

This festival has becomeone of the great ‘must-see’ eventsin the jazz calendar.

Seewww.jazzsouslespommiers.comfor details.

Over a four day period, thetown’s streets,

bars and restaurants beatto the rhythm

of the lively street carnival and parade

of musicians, jugglers andstreet artists.

Further information at

www.carnavaldegranville.fr

May Jazz Fe“Jazz sous les po(Jazz under the apple t

" Music Festival at St Laurent de Cuves, this tiny village in the heartof the southerly tip of la Manche hosts one of the liveliest and rock

music festivals in France.

For further details seewww.papillonsdenuit.com

JuneD-Day

in Sainte-Mère-EgliseSeries of events commemorating the D-Day landings in 1944.

For more information go to :www.sainte-mere-eglise.info or www.manchetourisme.com

Walk acrossthe sands a

t low-tide to

the tiny island of Tatiho

u to enjoy a

season of open-air con

certs attracting

artists fromaround the

world

For furtherdetails go t

o :

www.tatihou.com

Festivals&Festivals&Throughout the year there are a huge number of fetes, festivals and special events in the department of La Manche.

It can’t be denied, Manche is an exciting place to be for aficionados of art, music, theatreand dance. Performing arts and visual creativity thrive in a rich programme of festivals,cultural seasons and one-off spectaculars.

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August Summer Folk Music Festival“Les traversées Tatihou”

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stivalmmiers”rees) in Coutances

July and August

the childhood home of this world-renowned designer hosts aspecial exhibition with examples his work, giving us a glimpseinto the influences and inspiration that his cliff-top home

and gardens provided.Informations : www.musee-dior-granville.com

Leisurely evening strolls aroundthis beautiful abbey, whilst enjoyingthe backdrop of music and theilluminated facades.

AugustNormandieHorse Show

in Saint-LôA packed programme of over 50 equestrian

events over three daysSee www.normandie-horse-show.com

for further details.

FOR A FULL LIST OF ALL OF THE EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, TOGETHER WITH PRACTICALINFORMATION, VISITwww.manche-tourism.com

From Mayto September

Christian Dior-Museumand gardensin Granville

Special EventsSpecial EventsA selection of just some of the events

Evening visits of theMont Saint-Michel Abbey

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This huge country fair

attracts more than

300,000 visitors each y

ear. Come and soak up

the

sights andsounds of r

ural and agricultural lif

e in

Normandy.Agricultura

lly-related events, a gia

nt

fairground plus a vast ra

nge of exhibitors make

this event amust for Fra

ncophiles!

www.canton-lessay.com

SeptemberMillennium Fairof the Sainte Croixin Lessay

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Useful InformUseful InformPublic HolidaysThere are 10 public holidays in France:New Year’s Day,the 1st and 8th May,Easter Monday,Ascension Thursday,14th July,15th August,the first and 11th Novemberand 25th December.

School HolidaysThere are five main school holidays inFrance. They are:Two weeks at the end of October(around All Saints Day).Two weeks at Christmas.Two weeks in February.Two weeks in AprilAll of July and AugustThe school holiday periods in France arestaggered based on the geographical zone ofthe school. The department ofLa Manche is in Zone A. Many Frenchcalendars and bookings systems show theschool holidays for the 3 zones.

Opening times for shopsIn small towns and villages, the butchers,bakers and grocery shops open early inthe morning and stay open until 7pm.Many are closed on Mondays, but openSunday mornings. Supermarkets andHypermarkets are usually open from 9.30amuntil 7pm or 8pm, Monday to Saturday.

Information aboutNormandy generally

CRT NormandieTel : +33 (0)232 33 79 00

www.normandy-tourism.org

Contact usManche Tourisme

Maison du Département98 route de Candol

50008 SAINT-LO CEDEXTel : +33 (0)233 05 98 70Fax : +33 (0)233 56 07 03

Email: [email protected]

Information about visiting FranceMaison de la FranceFrench Tourist Board

Lincoln House300 High Holborn

LONDON WC1V 7JH - UKTel : 09068 244 123 (60p/min at all times)

Fax : 0207 061 6646Email : [email protected] from 10am to 4pm

Organising your trip to La MancheFor information about what to see and do, places to stay, restaurants and leisure activities

visit our website:www.manche-tourism.com

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Finding and booking accommodation in la MancheAsk for our brochure “Hébergements dans la Manche” which lists details of hotels, campsites and holiday villages

in the department, or search and reserve on-line from a range of hotels, self-catering, campsites,or bed and breakfasts at www.manche-tourism.com or www.manche-locationvacances.com

For weekly rentals and bed and breakfast accommodation providedby the Gîtes de France or Clévacances groups,

go to +33 (0)233 56 28 80 or by email to [email protected]

To find out about what to do and see in la Manche ask forour brochures “Places to Visit” and “Activities” or go to our website www.manche-tourism.com

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LIST OF TOURIST OFFICESQUETTEHOU 50630

OFFICE DE TOURISMEPlace de la Mairie - Tel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 43 63 21QUINÉVILLE 50310

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVEMairie - Tel. +33 (0)2 33 94 46 70 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 21 61 39REGNÉVILLE-SUR-MER 50590

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVE8 rue du Port - Tel. +33 (0)2 33 45 88 71SAINT-GERMAIN-SUR-AY PLAGE 50430

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVE1 rue Renard - Tel. +33 (0)2 33 07 02 [email protected]ËT 50600

OFFICE DE TOURISMEPlace du BassinTel. +33 (0)2 33 79 38 88 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 79 38 [email protected] 50240

OFFICE DE TOURISME COMMUNAUTAIRE DE SAINT-JAMES39 rue de la LibérationTel. +33 (0)2 33 89 62 38 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 89 62 09contact@cdc-saintjames.org.www.cdc-saintjames.orgSAINT-JEAN-LE-THOMAS 50530

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVE21 place Pierre le Jaudet - Tel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 70 90 [email protected]Ô 50010

OFFICE DE TOURISME DE LA COMMUNAUTÉDE COMMUNES DE L'AGGLOMÉRATION SAINT-LOISEPlace du Général de Gaulle - BP 330Tel. +33 (0)2 14 29 00 17 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 77 60 [email protected] 50380

OFFICE DE TOURISME85 rue de GranvilleTel. +33 (0)2 33 50 52 77offitour.st.pair.s.mer@wanadoo.frwww.saintpairsurmer.comSAINT-PIERRE-ÉGLISE 50330

OFFICE DE TOURISME INTERCOMMUNAL COTENTIN-VAL DE SAIRE23 place Abbé Saint PierreTel. +33 (0)2 33 54 37 20 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 20 10 79tourisme.saint-pierre-eglise@wanadoo.frSAINT-SAUVEUR-LE-VICOMTE 50390

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU CANTONDE SAINT-SAUVEUR-LE-VICOMTELe Vieux ChâteauTel. +33 (0)2 33 21 50 44 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 21 39 [email protected]://saintsauveurlevicomte.stationverte.comSAINT-SAUVEUR-LENDELIN 50490

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU CANTON DE SAINT-SAUVEUR-LENDELIN1 rue du 8 Mai 1945Tel. +33 (0)2 33 19 19 24 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 19 19 [email protected] 50550

OFFICE DE TOURISME INTERCOMMUNAL DE SAINT-VAAST / RÉVILLE1 place du Général de GaulleTel. +33 (0)2 33 23 19 32 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 54 41 37office-de-tourisme@saint-vaast-reville.comwww.saint-vaast-reville.comSAINTE-MÈRE-ÉGLISE 50480

OFFICE DE TOURISME COMMUNAUTAIRE DE SAINTE-MÈRE-ÉGLISE6 rue EisenhowerTel. +33 (0)2 33 21 00 33 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 21 53 [email protected] 50150

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU CANTON DE SOURDEVALJardin de l'EuropeTel. +33 (0)2 33 79 35 61 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 79 35 [email protected] 50160

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU CANTON DE TORIGNI-SUR-VIRE1 rue Victor HugoTel. +33 (0)2 33 77 42 22 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 77 42 [email protected] 50700

OFFICE DE TOURISME INTERCOMMUNAL DU BOCAGE VALOGNAISPlace du ChâteauTel. +33 (0)2 33 40 11 55 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 40 00 [email protected]ÊLES 50800

OFFICE DE TOURISME43 place de la RépubliqueTel. +33 (0)2 33 61 05 69 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 91 71 [email protected]

AGON-COUTAINVILLE 50230OFFICE DE TOURISME2 place du 28 Juillet 1944Tel. +33 (0)2 33 76 67 30 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 76 67 [email protected] 50302

OFFICE DE TOURISME MUNICIPALHôtel de Ville - BP 238Tel. +33 (0)2 33 58 00 22 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 68 13 [email protected] 50760

OFFICE DE TOURISME2 rond point le ConquérantTel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 54 02 48office.tourisme.barfleur@wanadoo.frwww.ville-barfleur.frBARNEVILLE-CARTERET 50270

OFFICE DE TOURISME10 rue des Ecoles - BP 101Tel. +33 (0)2 33 04 90 58 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 04 93 24tourisme@barneville-carteret.frwww.barneville-carteret.frBEAUMONT-HAGUE 50440

OFFICE DE TOURISME DE LA HAGUERue Jallot - BP 119Tel. +33 (0)2 33 52 74 94 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 01 86 [email protected] 50560

OFFICE DE TOURISME12 bis route de la MerTel. +33 (0)2 33 07 90 89 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 47 97 [email protected]ÉCEY 50370

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU CANTON DE BRÉCEY-VAL DE SÉE29 place de l'Hôtel de VilleTel. +33 (0)2 33 89 21 13 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 89 21 [email protected]ÉHAL 50290

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU CANTON DE BRÉHALRue du Général de Gaulle - BP 10Tel. +33 (0)2 33 90 07 95 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 50 51 [email protected] 50430

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVEMairie - Tel. +33 (0)2 33 07 84 18 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 07 10 [email protected] 50260

OFFICE DE TOURISME13 place Sainte-AnneTel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 52 21 [email protected] 50500

OFFICE DE TOURISME DES MARAIS DE CARENTANBoulevard de Verdun - BP 204Tel. +33 (0)2 33 71 23 50 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 42 74 [email protected] 50740

OFFICE DE TOURISME33 bis rue de la PosteTel. +33 (0)2 33 61 92 88 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 90 11 37carolles.tourisme@wanadoo.frwww.ville-carolles.frCERISY-LA-SALLE 50210

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU CANTON DE CERISY-LA-SALLE7 rue des JuifsTel. +33 (0)2 33 76 63 30 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 76 63 39syndicat.initiative.cerisy@wanadoo.frwww.cc-cerisylasalle.frCHERBOURG-OCTEVILLE 50100

MAISON DU TOURISME DE CHERBOURG ET DU HAUT-COTENTIN2 quai Alexandre IIITel. +33 (0)2 33 93 52 02 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 53 66 97tourisme@ot-cherbourg-cotentin.frwww.ot-cherbourg-cotentin.frCOUTANCES 50200

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU PAYS DE COUTANCESPlace Georges LeclercTel. +33 (0)2 33 19 08 10 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 19 08 [email protected]ÉANCES 50710

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVELe Haut Chemin - Tel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 45 05 71DENNEVILLE 50580

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVERue de la Mer - BP 01Tel. +33 (0)2 33 07 58 58 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 95 26 [email protected] 50350

OFFICE DE TOURISME95 ter route de CoutancesTel. +33 (0)2 33 50 12 91 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 91 28 [email protected] 50220

OFFICE DE TOURISME4 rue du GénieTel. +33 (0)2 33 60 21 53 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 60 54 [email protected]

open all year round open in season

DEPARTMENTAL TOURIST POINTS OF INFORMATION

AIRE DE LA VALLÉE DE LA VIRE50420 GOUVETSTel. +33 (0)2 33 77 11 50 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 77 11 [email protected]

AIRE DU MONT SAINT-MICHEL50240 SAINT-AUBIN-DE-TERREGATTETel. +33 (0)2 33 89 00 14 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 89 00 [email protected]

FERMANVILLE 50840OFFICE DE TOURISME INTERCOMMUNAL COTENTIN-VAL DE SAIREVallée des MoulinsTel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 54 61 12tourisme.fermanville@wanadoo.frwww.tourisme-fermanville.new.frGAVRAY 50450

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVE DU CANTON DE GAVRAYPlace de la BasculeTel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 50 10 [email protected] 50560

OFFICE DE TOURISMERue du NordTel. +33 (0)2 33 47 84 33 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 47 93 [email protected]://ot.gouvillesurmer.free.frGRANVILLE 50406

OFFICE MUNICIPAL DE TOURISME4 cours Jonville - BP 621Tel. +33 (0)2 33 91 30 03 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 91 30 19office-tourisme@ville-granville.frwww.granville-tourisme.frHAUTEVILLE-SUR-MER 50590

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU CANTON DE MONTMARTIN-SUR-MER10 avenue de l'AumesleTel. +33 (0)2 33 47 51 80 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 47 38 [email protected] 50610

OFFICE DE TOURISMEPlace de la Gare - BP 14Tel. +33 (0)2 33 61 82 [email protected] HAYE-DU-PUITS 50250

OFFICE DE TOURISME DE LA CTÉ DE COMMUNES DE LA HAYE-DU-PUITS5 rue Emile PoirierTel. +33 (0)2 33 46 01 42 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 46 39 [email protected] HAYE-PESNEL 50320

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVERue de la LibérationTel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 90 75 [email protected] MONT SAINT-MICHEL 50170

OFFICE DE TOURISMEBP 4 - Tel. +33 (0)2 33 60 14 30 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 60 06 [email protected] PIEUX 50340

POINT INFORMATION TOURISME31 route de FlamanvilleTel. +33 (0)2 33 87 68 00 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 52 93 [email protected] 50430

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVE COMMUNAUTAIRE DU CANTON DE LESSAY11 place Saint Cloud - BP 26Tel. +33 (0)2 33 45 14 34 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 45 77 [email protected] 50570

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVE DE LA CTÉ DE COMMUNES DE MARIGNY1 rue Auguste EudelineTel. +33 (0)2 33 55 08 13 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 55 69 [email protected] 50310

OFFICE DE TOURISME INTERCOMMUNAL DE MONTEBOURG2 place Charles de GaulleTel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 41 15 [email protected] 50140

OFFICE DE TOURISME DU CANTON DE MORTAINRue du Bourg LopinTel./Fax +33 (0)2 33 59 19 [email protected] 50410

SYNDICAT D'INITIATIVECommunauté de CommunesTel. +33 (0)2 33 61 29 61 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 61 92 [email protected] 50770

OFFICE MUNICIPAL DE TOURISME46 place des Bocagers - Tel. +33 (0)2 33 46 30 47PONTORSON 50170

OFFICE DE TOURISMEPlace de l'Hôtel de VilleTel. +33 (0)2 33 60 20 65 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 60 85 67tourisme.pontorson@wanadoo.frwww.mont-saint-michel-baie.comPORTBAIL 50580

OFFICE DE TOURISME26 rue Philippe Lebel - BP 3Tel. +33 (0)2 33 04 03 07 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 04 94 [email protected]

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M A N C H E T O U R I S M ECOMITÉ DÉPARTEMENTAL DU TOURISME

Maison du Département - 50008 SAINT-LÔ CedexTel. +33 (0)2 33 05 98 70 - Fax +33 (0)2 33 56 07 03

[email protected]

www.manche-tourism.com

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