From 1450, ships from and around Granville fished for cod off Newfoundland. Through the centuries, Granville became an important cod port, like its Breton neighbour Saint-Malo.
Home-port of the "Marité"
Notably, Granville is the home-port of the 'Marite', the last wood-built Newfoundlander. Witness to the great fishing fleets off the banks of Newfoundland, 'le Marite' has found its home-port in Granville. After having served as a coaster, as a pleasure-boat and even as a television studio for the programme "Thalassa", the old rigged wooden ship had been undergoing restoration since 2006. Work began at Cherbourg, continued at Saint-Vaast and was completed at Granville in June 2012.
Under Louis XIV, Granville, then a dynamic port swarming with sailors, furnished a number of corsairs for royal service and 15 Admirals including Pleville Le Pelley, the "Wooden Legged Corsair".
The Upper Town
A detour to the old town is a must when visiting Granville ! Sheltered by ramparts, you will find elegant private residences, the Richard Anacréon Modern Art Museum and a museum dedicated to the Old town of Granville (musée du Vieux Granville). From the historical centre, take a stroll to the Roc, where you can visit the aquarium Le Roc des Harmonies and the Semaphore.
Granville, seaside resort
Granville became a popular seaside resort in Normandy, at the end of the 19th Century. It is pleasant to stay there and to be lulled by that ambiance uniquely found in ports, but with a touch of elegance brought by holiday makers from the city.
The archipelago of Chausey is the insular quarter of Granville, and the pride of its inhabitants! The island, with its idyllic landscapes is only an hour off the coast of Granville. Landing there is a pure delight... Set off to Chausey, and enjoy a visit to the beautiful sandy beaches. Paradise!
First French harbour for shell fishing
Granville is the leading French shell fishing harbour for whelks, scallops, clams, dog cockles, cuttlefish and sea bream. Stop off in Granville and treat yourself to a mouth-watering seafood platter.
One of the key events of la Manche, the Carnival attracts each year 130 000 visitors around some 40 carnival floats and several tons of confetti during 5 very festive days. Cavalcades, concerts, confetti fights, children’s bal, a dance, and intrigues...
On the coast... from Carolles to Donville-les-Bains
The sea air is a companion to every activity - sailing, fishing, beach games, swimming – and even in the pleasures of the table, around a plate of seafood...
Come and sample this gentle way of life, also found in the neighbouring resorts of Jullouville, Saint Pair-sur Mer and Donville-les-Bains. Just off Granville, make sure you visit the town’s gem, its island quarter: the archipelago of Chausey. To land there is to live a moment of grace.
Along the coast... from Carolles to Donville-les-Bains
Miles upon miles of sandy beach... picturesque villages, and beautiful walks. The neighbouring resorts are well worth a visit !
> Carolles: the beach, the cliffs, the Lude valley, the valley of painters...
> Jullouville: the summer markets, the long sandy beaches, and entertainment for children...
> Saint-Pair-sur-mer: the casino, and a church listed Historical Monument...
> Donville-les-Bains: the beaches and the Prévithal Thalasso centre...
> And much more...
Christian Dior house
And then there are meetings with the celebrities, for example the couturier Christian Dior whose childhood home is here. Now a museum, the house hosts each year an exhibition dedicated to the stylist.