Coutances tourism and travel guide

Photo of Coutances in Manche

Visit Coutances: highlights and tourist information

France This Way comment: Coutances is well known for its impressive cathedral, built in the 113th century

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Coutances. For detailed visitor information see the Coutances travel guide

Coutances is situated in the Manche, Normandy region, in the north of France at 27 km from Saint-Lo, the department capital. (General information: Coutances is 278 km from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Coutances include "town of art and history".

Popular places to visit nearby include Vire at 47 km and Cancale at 50 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Coutances, France: places to visit and attractions

Some places that we or our contributors have visited and reviewed and can recommend when sightseeing close to Coutances in Normandy. Note that all distances shown are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater.

 
 

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Map of places to visit near Coutances

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Markets in and near Coutances

Market days in Coutances: weekly market: Thursday & Saturday;

Local markets

  • Coutances: market Thursday & Saturday (0km)
  • Agon-Coutainville: market Tuesday & Saturday (11km)
  • Gouville-sur-Mer: market Monday - seasonal market only (11km)
  • Gouville-sur-Mer: market Friday (11km)
  • Periers: market Saturday (15km)
  • Marigny: market Wednesday (16km)
  • Gavray: market Saturday (17km)
  • Brehal: market Tuesday & Sunday (18km)
  • Granville: market Wednesday & Saturday all day (26km)
  • Saint-Lo: market Saturday & Friday (27km)

More information about Coutances, Normandy

Tourist attractions to visit near Coutances, France

Below we show places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Coutances and wondering what to do next!

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (30km) [Map]

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Forêt (Cerisy-la-Foret) (41km) [Map]

Remarkable gardens

  • Argences (5km) [Map]

Sites of natural beauty

  • Roches de Ham (30km) [Map]
  • Chausey (33km) [Map]
  • Forêt de Saint-Sever (39km) [Map]
  • Baie des Veys (43km) [Map]
  • Forêt de Cerisy (43km) [Map]
  • Île des Landes (47km) [Map]
  • Pointe du Grouin (47km) [Map]
  • Île des Rimains (49km) [Map]
  • Île du Guesclin (51km) [Map]
  • Côte de Cancale à Paramé (52km) [Map]
  • Île Besnard (55km) [Map]
  • Havre de Rothéneuf (55km) [Map]
  • Pointe de la Varde (57km) [Map]

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Villedieu-les-Poeles (29km) [Map]
  • Torigni-sur-Vire (34km) [Map]

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Champrepus (26km) [Map]

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Coutances

Canton: Coutances

Arrondissement: Coutances

Department: Manche

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 50200

Distance to Coutances

from Saint-Lo (prefecture): 27 km

from Paris: 278 km

from Calais: 317 km

from Nice: 894 km

from Bordeaux: 473 km

from Strasbourg: 675 km

Getting here

Coutances is in the north of France. Most visitors arrive by car, often from the ferries at Saint-Malo, Cherbourg or Caen on the coast here which are very convenient. For driving distances to Coutances from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 15 other places listed nearby (within 6 kilometres of Coutances): Ancteville, Brainville, Bricqueville-la-Blouette, Cambernon, Courcy, Gratot, Heugueville-sur-Sienne, La Vendelee, Montchaton, Monthuchon, Nicorps, Orval, Saint-Pierre-de-Coutances, Saussey and Servigny.

This page in French: Visitez Coutances