Carentan tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Lessay abbey at 23 km from Carentan

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Carentan is situated in the Manche department and Normandy region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Carentan in Normandy.

Popular places to visit nearby include Lessay abbey at 23 km and Normandy landing beaches at 27 km.

Carentan, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Lessay abbey

Lessay abbey

Abbey at 23 km (direction west-south-west)

The abbey church at Lessay is an important example of roman style architecture...

See Lessay abbey guide
Normandy landing beaches

Normandy landing beaches

at 27 km (direction east-north-east), in the Calvados department

70 years on and the Normandy Landing Beches still attract thousands of visitors interested...

See Normandy landing beaches guide


at 33 km (direction south-west)

Coutances is well known for its impressive cathedral, built in the 113th century...

See Coutances guide


at 39 km (direction east), in the Calvados department

Best known for its world-famous tapestry, Bayeux also has an imposing cathedral...

See Bayeux guide


Most Beautiful Village at 41 km (direction east)

Barfleur is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' and the harbour area...

See Barfleur guide


at 45 km (direction east), in the Calvados department

Arromanches is well known as the town where the Mulberry Harbour was built during...

See Arromanches guide


at 45 km (direction north-west)

The port town of Cherbourg has several monuments and museums of interest and a...

See Cherbourg guide

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Map of places to visit near Carentan


Markets in and near Carentan

Market days in Carentan: weekly market: Monday all day;

  • Carentan: market Monday all day (0km)
  • Isigny-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Saturday (11km)
  • Sainte-Mere-Eglise: market Thursday (13km)
  • Grandcamp-Maisy: market Sunday (17km)
  • Periers: market Saturday (18km)
  • La Haye-du-Puits: market Wednesday (22km)
  • Marigny: market Wednesday (23km)
  • Saint-Lo: market Saturday & Friday (24km)
  • Le Molay-Littry: market Thursday (28km)
  • Valognes: market Friday (28km)

More information about Carentan, Normandy

Tourist attractions near Carentan, France

What to do at Carentan? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Carentan.

Heritage sites

  • Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue tours (Vauban fortifications) (32km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (4km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Forêt (Cerisy-la-Foret) (26km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame (Bayeux) (39km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Plantbessin (34km)
  • Argences (35km)
  • Château de Beaurepaire (44km)
  • Parc du château des Ravalet (45km)
  • Parc du château de Nacqueville (55km)
  • Jardin botanique du château de Vauville (57km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baie des Veys (11km)
  • Forêt de Cerisy (29km)
  • Roches de Ham (34km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Torigni-sur-Vire (36km)
  • Villers-Bocage (50km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Jurques (49km)

Geography and distances

Carentan is in the north of France at 24 kilometres from Saint-Lo, the department capital (general information: Carentan is 266 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Carentan

Canton: Carentan

Arrondissement: Saint-Lô

Department: Manche

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 50500

Distance to Carentan

from Saint-Lo (prefecture): 24 km

from Paris: 266 km

from Calais: 287 km

from Nice: 900 km

from Bordeaux: 499 km

from Strasbourg: 661 km

Getting here

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 Carentan from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Angoville-Au-Plain, Auvers, Brevands, Catz, Houesville, Meautis, Saint-Come-du-Mont, Saint-Georges-de-Bohon, Saint-Hilaire-Petitville and Saint-Pellerin.

This page in French: Visiter Carentan