The moors of Lessay are a remarkable site, situated to the south of the town. It is a vast stretch of flat land where gorse, heather and grasses grow.


Author Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly used the Lessay moors – "the terrible moors" – as a setting for several of his novels. In “Bewitched” (1852), he describes this natural space in the following words:

"The heathland of Lessay is one the most considerable portion of Normandy called Cotentin peninsula. (...) Located between La Haye-du-Puits and Coutances, this Norman desert, where one meets no trees, no houses, no fences, no traces of men or beasts other than those left by the passer-by or the morning herd in the dust, if it was dry or in the wet clay, if it had rained, displayed an immense sense of loneliness and sadness that was not easy to forget. (...) In the opinion of the whole country, it was a dreadful passage... '


Don't miss:


Abbey of the Trinity


A 11th Century abbey-church: a fine example of Romanesque art, displaying ribbed vaults.


Classical music festival at the abbey:  “les heures musicales”


Internationally renowned ensembles, such as “Arts Florissants” or “Cercle de l’Harmonie”, propose concerts each year in the abbey of Lessay.


Lessay fair


The millennial agricultural fair takes place each year on the second week end of September, attracting several thousands of people.


Chevaux à la foire de Lessay