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What To Do In La Manche Region of Normandy

Published on February 24, 2019 by Chris Robinson

La Manche is the most westerly of the five departments that make up Normandy. It's named La Manche because it juts out into the English Channel (La Manche in French). So, what is there to do in La Manche?

Mont-Saint-Michel is at the top of most visitors' to-do list. It's located in the south of the region and is an island commune with a stunning abbey on the top.

Mont St Michel, Normandy

The impressive island of Tatihou is in the north of the region. The coastline to the east of Cherbourg takes in Tatihou, Barfleur and Saint Vaast La Hougue.

 

Vauban Tower

Heading south down this coastline is Utah Beach - one of the D-Day landing beaches. You'll also find Sainte-Mère-Église which is home to the Airborne Museum.

D-Day Sainte-Mère-Église church in Normandy

The towns and villages are full of history and heritage each with its own story to tell. Hambye has a fantastic abbey, Granville is the childhood home to Christian Dior, Villedieu-les-Poêles is an artisan town and Coutances boasts an impressive abbey.

Whether you enjoy water sports, beach activities, horse riding, cycling or walking, the region, with it's mix of coast and countryside offers plenty of opportunities. 

Take a peek at the video below for a glimpse of what to do. alternatively, you can visit the website.

 

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Until 2014 I worked in central London as a marketeer for a membership organization. Years of watching property renovation programmes on TV sparked a dream to do this in France having studied French and worked there previously. I left my job and completed the sale of my house on the same day (a stroke of luck rather than good planning) and headed off to Normandy. I undertook a barn renovation project managing the artisans’ workload. The result is a 3 bedroom gite which I now market all year providing me with endless opportunities to increase my skills and knowledge.
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