Escape to Chausey
Chausey is one of the hidden gems of La Manche, and the Grande Ile is a great place to drop anchor for a day or a weekend, just a hop away from Granville. Spring is the ideal season to visit Chausey and to admire its stunning scenery as everything begins to bloom again.
Leave the crowds behind and unwind in a place that’s a world apart. There are no cars on the islands, just plants, wildlife and the sound of the sea: what better place to reconnect with nature and get back to basics? Our tip: relax on the beach at the end of the day and take in a fantastic Chausey sunset.
Join the D-Day commemorations
Spring in La Manche is marked by festivities linked to the Normandy landings. On the symbolic date of 6 June, head to Carentan, Utah Beach or Sainte-Mère Eglise to take part in the commemorations.
Every year, there’s a whole programme of events, including parades of old vehicles and costumes, ceremonies and air shows. You can also take the opportunity to delve into the history of the Battle of Normandy and the Second World War as you explore the different museums dedicated to D-Day.
Watch the return of migratory birds
After the winter, the marshes turn green again in spring. The “white marsh” phenomenon gradually gives way to grasses, the first buds appear, the birds return and so do the hikers!
Spring is back in the marshes, with a host of activities for families to enjoy: kayaking, cycling, boat trips and birdwatching. In spring, the migratory birds come back to the Regional Nature Park and the nesting birds settle in. It’s also the perfect time to spot white storks. Don’t forget your binoculars!2
Live it up at the Papillons de Nuit festival
This unmissable musical event in the Manche is held every year during the Whitsun weekend. For two or three days, party to the biggest hits by the national and international acts that hit the stage there every year. The Papillons de Nuit is the first of the many festivals held in La Manche throughout the year. What are you waiting for, book your tickets!
Stroll around the parks and gardens of La Manche
In La Manche, lots of gardens are open to the public. Spring is the ideal season to enjoy their magical atmosphere, gorgeous colours and sweet scents. These gardens are a great place to find inspiration or to just get away from it all.
Because of its unique climate, bathed by the Gulf Stream, some unusual plants grow in the parks and gardens of the Cotentin Peninsula. You’ll be surprised to discover the exotic species growing in the Jardin Botanique de Vauville, or the plants flourishing in the shelter of an old lazaretto in Tatihou. The parks and gardens of La Manche are also home to numerous bird species, and some even boast a château. Take the opportunity during your visit to discover the heritage of La Manche.