Granville and the islands of Chausey
Granville and its port
It is the most southerly port of the west coast of Cotentin, marina, trade and fishing.
Discover Granville: its port, its museums and the Haute-Ville.
Granville is the most southerly port on the west coast of Cotentin. The port of Granville was started under the reign of François 1st, from 1490, the boats go fishing in Newfoundland. The activity develops in the sixteenth and seventeenth century and it is at the end of the nineteenth century that Granville was born, the transatlantic company. Damaged in 1944, restored later, it is in 1975 that the marina was built now offering 1000 pontoons.
Granville is at the same time a port of commerce, fishing and pleasure. From Granville you'll travel to Jersey by ferry or Chausey aboard a star or the Marité, the latest Newfoundland heritage. Granville, with a fleet of 54 vessels is the first fishing port in Lower Normandy and remains the first shell port of France.
Granville is also a cultural city with 3 museums: the Museum of Modern Art Richard Anacréon located on the historic site of the Haute-Ville, the Christian Dior Museum, home of the famous couturier's childhood and the museum of art and art history.
To visit also the church Notre Dame of the Cape Lihou (district of the High-city).
Inescapable place for all the walkers "La pointe du Roc" which starts in the bay of Granville.
For more information: municipal tourist office: 4 cours Jonville BP 621 - Tel: 02 33 91 30 03 - www.granville-tourisme.fr
The Chausey Islands from Granville in Normandy
You will spend several days in the bay of Mont St-Michel and you might miss an excursion to your program.
Do not hesitate, the Chausey Islands located 16 km from Granville are waiting for you.
A sailboat or a motorboat (www.manchetourisme.com/en/manchenautisme) will take you there in less than an hour and Chausey will offer you what nature has most wild and authentic.
The archipelago of Chausey Islands is an elliptical plateau 12 km long and 5 km wide. This dry plateau at low tide offers a practicable area of 4000 ha while at very high tides it is almost completely covered.
Chausey is also a paradise for walkers because there is no traffic. A 3.5 km trail goes around the island in the bend of sumptuous and changing landscapes.
In this little corner of paradise, there is never the same landscape, the same height of water, the same light. What makes this site a very special place.
What to do?
The cliffs of Champeaux and Carolles
The view is unparalleled, the cliffs of Champeaux and Carolles face the bay of Mont Saint-Michel. They benefit from a great ecological diversity by the richness of their fauna and their flora.
Carolles, located between Granville and Avranches, offers a long beach of fine sand raised at the end of cliffs covered with gorse and broom.
You can practice sailing, fishing, hiking on the GR 223 hiking trails to reach Champeaux, then Saint-Jean-le-Thomas.
Information at the Tourist Office of Carolles:
02 33 61 88 66 - www.ville-carolles.fr
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Granville : Wikipédia