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, Portbail

Thirteen Arches Bridge - Portbail

Agon-Coutainville (25 kms) with its long promenade, restaurants, ice-cream parlour and salon de thé with panoramic views out to sea. It also has a popular 18-hole golfcourse and a casino (don't forget your passports).

Regneville-sur-mer (33kms) A sleepy little village on the south bank of the Sienne estuary with a ruined Chateau where exhibitions, concerts and speciality markets are held throughout the summer. There are also historic lime kilns to visit as well as a maritime museum.

Granville (55 kms). Stroll in the medieval streets of the Old Town on its hilltop, the walls are still intact even to drawbridges and watchtowers. It is famous for the villa and gardens of the Christian Dior Museum where he spent part of his childhood.

It has a thriving harbour area and ferries to the Isles de Chausay and car-ferry to Jersey depart from here.

Coutances Cathederal

Inland the town of Coutances (27kms) with its shops lining the main street up to the cathederal, musuem and lovely little park (jardin des plantes) is worth a visit. The largest hyper-market in the area is situated on the edge of town as well as a busy depot vente.


For day trips, Bayeux, the World War II Landing Beaches and Mont St Michel are all within easy reach.

Mont St Michel


Please note that many of the shops in this area of France are closed on Monday mornings and some of the Monday afternoon as well.


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