Some of the towns which can be found a little further away from St Germain sur Ay are:
Cherbourg (55 kms). Used to be the port of departure for transatlantic liners (including the Titanic), and its deep-water berth still frequently hosts cruise ships. The port is the world's biggest artificial harbour, and was a major objective for the allied forces after D-day.
The town of Cherbourg is charming; not too large, with pedestrian streets, picturesque quaysides and good shopping, and a spectacular view from the Fort du Roule on its cliff above the town. Don't miss La Citie de la Mer - Cherbourg's latest attraction with underwater displays and interactive exhibits of sonar, sharks, scuba diving, and a guided tour of a nuclear submarine !
Carteret (25 kms). A little seaside town, with excellent seafood restaurants, two beaches and cliff-top views to the Channel Islands.
Portbail (16kms) with its lively Tuesday market has several restaurants with both indoor and outdoor eating areas. The old medieval church holds exhibitions throughtout the summer months, which change on a weekly basis. The Thirteen Arches bridge separates the town from the beach and yachting harbour and is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink or meal
Thirteen Arches Bridge - Portbail