The Chausey Islands in Normandy
The Chausey Islands are an archipelago of 365 islets at low tide and 52 at high tide in Normandy. The Grande Ile is located 17km/10m from Granville and is the only inhabited island. Technically it is part of the Channel Islands and has been the object of much rivalry between England and France over the centuries. The island has a hotel, restaurants, a fort, beautiful white sandy beaches, a lighthouse, and a chapel built in 1840. Apart from tourism, fishing is the main activity. From its thriving fishing village, lobster and shrimps are caught and mussels and oysters are farmed. Granite from the islands was quarried and used in the construction of Mont St Michel exported. Chausey can be reached by boat in less than an hour from Granville.