10 good reasons to stay in la Manche


1. Spend the night at Mont Saint-Michel

Who hasn’t dreamt of spending the night on the Mont, taking a stroll in the medieval streets, and at dusk having the place to yourself...

treat yourself to a week end break 2 days / 1 night on Mont Saint-Michel



2. Surf on the tidal bore

A tidal bore - a wave a few centimetres high – travels up the rivers Sée and Sélune at a speed of 10-15km/hour. This rare phenomenom occurs during Spring tides and attracts many surfers for the delight of spectators !

Surfing spots :
> La Pointe du Grouin du Sud
> Pontaubault


Sur par Mathilde Lebarbenchon


3. Walk on quick sand

Quick sands... Even today, they are the source of many questions. In the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, accompanied by an experienced guide, will you dare to walk on quicksand?

Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint Michel


Traversée dans les sables mouvants de la baie du Mont Saint-Michel

4. The long sandy beaches


Running, sand castle building, sand-yachting, picnicking, or simply relaxing... the activities are endless on the beaches of la Manche.

> Dragey-Ronthon and its unique panorama over Mont Saint-Michel !

> Carolles, and the overlooking cliff of Champeaux, a magical spot!

> The cove of Vauville, in la Hague, spreads over 11 kilometres. The long sandy beach is a little corner of paradise for all lovers of water- and windpowered sports.

> Barneville-Carteret, a charming seaside resort sheltered by the cape of Carteret.

> Chausey, is situated an hour off the coast of Granville, and offers pretty creeks and long sandy beaches.
> The beach of Hauteville-sur-mer, classed “Famille Plus” offers many activities : catamaran sailing, kayaking, sand-yachting, longe-côte, stand up paddle and more…
> Utah-Beach : the beach of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont was given the code name of “Utah Beach” in June 44 and is one of the 5 beaches which saw the landing of Allies on 6th June 1944.

>  Agon-Coutainville, is one of the prettiest seaside resorts in the region...

> In Jonville, the beach is tucked away and offers a beautiful view over Tatihou.
> Bretteville-sur-Ay, with its vast and unspoilt beach is a paradise for nature lovers.



5. Go kayaking in the Chausey Islands


With crystal clear water as far as the eye can see, observe seals and look out for dolphins... Amateur or novice, discover Chausey while kayaking around the many islets..


Canoë Chausey par Mignard


6. Treat yourself to a seafood platter

Gourmets can enjoy seafood on the harbour quays, facing the sea, or directly on the beach. A delightful experience! It couldn’t be simpler, just follow the coast and stop in one of the best restaurants of the region.
> The restaurants
> Where to eat in la Manche



7. Hiking trails and exceptional panoramas


Along the coast or in the countryside, discover breathtaking scenery on your walks...



8. Re-live the Normandy Landings


La Manche is laden with history. There are many museums and sites which retrace the landings of 6th June 44. Every year, many events are held to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day in Normandy !


Parachutistes dday


9. Walk up the 2nd highest lighthouse in Europe

Situated 2 kilometres to the North of Barfleur, the lighthouse of Gatteville – 75 metres high – is the 2nd tallest in France and Europe. Walk up the 365 steps and enjoy a magnificent panorama !

Phare de Gatteville par Yvon


10. Visit one of the most beautiful villages in France : Barfleur


Barfleur is the smallest village in la Manche and has been listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.