Your holidays by the sea

Treasures await you on the coast of la Manche
Photo, © Captain Yvon

Walking in rugged coves, lazing on sandy beaches, taking an invigorating climb to the top of Gatteville Lighthouse or a trip to an island paradise: so many ways to recharge your batteries during your stay by the sea in la Manche.

Depending on the season, you can watch as the spring tides transform the coastline. There are plenty of experiences for you to enjoy during this event, including shellfish gathering and crossing the bay of Mont Saint-Michel.

Discover the beaches of la Manche: from family-friendly destinations to those with an exotic feel. Every beach has a unique setting; choose your favourite.

Are you planning a family holiday in la Manche? Our seaside resorts await you, with a host of activities for all ages. From Granville to Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, you’ll find everything you could need for a fun, lively and relaxing break. All set for a holiday in la Manche?

Here are some suggestions to get the most out of your holiday by the sea:

Enjoy life by the sea

For a weekend or for the holidays, there are lots of unique experiences for you to try here. Reconnect with the elements and unwind to the sound of waves: that’s life in la Manche!

Photo, © Best Jobers

Admiring the sunrise and sunset

In la Manche, you can follow the course of the sun throughout the day. Watch as it rises in the east, over the Vauban towers in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, then admire the sunset in Gouville-sur-Mer, with the sand between your toes.

The best sunrises and sunsets
Photo, © Xavier Lachenaud

Gathering sellfish

With the huge tides and coefficients in la Manche, shellfish gathering is a very popular activity here. But be careful, you need to comply with the regulations.

Sellfish gathering
Photo, © David Daguier - CD50

Lazing on the beach

La Manche is surrounded by the sea. With its vast coastline, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect spot to relax in the sun.

Top 10 best beaches
Photo, © Captain Yvon

Visiting the lighthouses

La Manche is a maritime land, with a number of lighthouses beaming out from its coastline. Gatteville Lighthouse is one of the emblems of the territory.

Gatteville lighthouse
Photo, © Captain Yvon

Escaping to an island

Chausey, Tatihou or the Channel Islands: cast away for a day or more for a complete change of scenery on one of the nearby islands!

Islands and islets


For fantastic family holidays

Granville, Barneville-Carteret, Agon-Coutainville and Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue are the main seaside resorts in la Manche. They’re family-friendly, with lots of different activities for all ages. For your holidays or for a weekend, soak up the seaside charm of la Manche!

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Photo, © Xavier Lachenaud

Admiring the spring tides

The spring tides are an exceptional event that you can watch at different times of the year. La Manche has the biggest tides in Europe.

Spring tides

Some of the best eateries

Tucking into a seafood platter by the sea, enjoying a drink with the sand between your toes, sampling the famous moules-frites, and of course with products that are freshly fished off our coast. You’ll want to live by the sea all year round!

Photo, © Best Jobers

10 places to treat yourself to a seafood feast

Do you want to try some delicious seafood fished in la Manche? Then head to one of these great eateries.

Where to eat seafood ?
Photo, © Captain Yvon

Where to have a drink by the sea?

Choose your next spot for a sundowner with a sea view!

Where to have a drink by the sea ?