From Mont Saint-Michel to the D-Day beaches and the tip of the Cotentin Peninsula, this territory in Normandy stands out for its exceptional coastline, the variety of its unspoilt landscapes, its rich heritage and its unique mindset. The assets of La Manche shape lifestyles and life choices.
La Manche is the place to be for your holidays
LA MANCHE, NORMANDY PENINSULA
The territory of la Manche is a granite peninsula surrounded by water on all sides. The department is therefore resolutely focused on the sea, and most of its residents have some connection with it. The ocean is omnipresent here. It gives its name to the department (La Manche being the French name for the English Channel) and regulates its climate. Wherever you are in the territory, the coast is never very far away.
La Manche in a few key figures
- 5 951 km²
- 495 045 inhabitants (INSEE census 2019)
- 674kilometres of coasts
- 19 ports
- 14 stations connected to the national rail network
- 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
What to do in La Manche?
Visits, walks, discoveries, activities, relaxation: between land and sea, La Manche is a territory with endless possibilities. You can roam the different hiking paths and take in the breathtaking views. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, try sand yachting on the huge beaches, or have a go at kitesurfing, wingfoiling or sailing. Head off to discover the biggest visitable submarine in the world in Cherbourg, explore Mont Saint-Michel, stroll around the local markets and sample the finest products of La Manche: there’s so much to see, do and experience here!