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The Manche department is surrounded on three sides by the English Channel (La Manche in French).

The 320km coastline makes it perfect for touring by car or bicycle. Find unspoiled sandy beaches with rugged headlands around Cap de la Hague and Nez de Jobourg. This is the ideal spot for bird-watchers, with gannets and shearwaters nesting here.

The port of Cherbourg still acts as a naval base and is home to some worthwhile museums.

On the western tip stands one of France's most venerated attractions, Mont-St-Michel - the awesome island abbey! Inland the land becomes fertile, ideal for cattle & dairy farming & cider orchards.

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Days Out in Manche
  • Mont-St-Michel - drawing over one million visitors a year this soaring abbey was once named the Mount in Peril from the sea. Benedictine monks still live here today!
  • Hill-top Town of Coutances - plenty of history to be tasted here, from the Cathedrale of Notre Dame to the churches of St Nicholas & St Peter with their public gardens & rare plants.
  • Fashion & design at Granville - Le Musee Christian Dior is housed in 'les Rhumbs' where the fashion designer was raised, surrounded by cliff gardens.
  • Life on the Cotentin Avranches - The Musee Municipal is an insight into life on the Cotentin Peninsula over the ages.
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1 star ratingLe Petit Clerval
( Self Catering )

Dragey-Ronthon Granville 50530

Le Petit ClervalLocated next to the castle of Brion and at the bay of the famous Mont St. Michel, a small and modestly furnished house on a p...

1 star ratingles Hortensias
( Self Catering )

Dragey-Ronthon Granville 50530

les HortensiasLocated next to the castle of Brion and at the bay of the famous Mont St. Michel, a small and modestly furnished house on a p...

2 star ratingClaire 1
( Self Catering )

Moon-sur-elle Saint-Lo 50680

Claire 1A large seventeenth century farmhouse which has been converted to provide a most attractive gte with beamed ceilings in all ...

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