Coutances tourism and travel guide

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

Coutances is situated in the Manche department and Normandy region.

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.

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

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Granville at 26 km and Mont-Saint-Michel at 46 km.

Coutances, 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 20 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Lessay abbey guide


Seaside resort at 26 km (direction south-west)

Granville is best known for its long sandy beach, and the 19th...

See Granville guide


Heritage Site at 46 km (direction south)

No visit to Normandy would be complete without visiting the iconic Abbey...

See Mont-Saint-Michel guide


at 47 km (direction east-south-east), in the Calvados department

When you visit Vire be sure to also explore the Route des...

See Vire guide
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at 50 km (direction south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Cancale is the perfect place to try the famous Brittany oysters, fresh...

See Cancale guide
Normandy landing beaches

Normandy landing beaches

at 54 km (direction east-north-east), in the Calvados department

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

See Normandy landing beaches guide
Emerald Coast

Emerald Coast

at 61 km (direction south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

The Emerald Coast in northern Brittany is extremely popular with visitors and...

See Emerald Coast guide


at 61 km (direction south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

We were pleased to discover that Saint-Malo, often considered a ferry port,...

See Saint-Malo guide
Dinard Pointe du Moulinet

Dinard Pointe du Moulinet

at 63 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

The Pointe du Moulinet in Dinard is visited for the imposing neo-gothic...

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Dinard Pointe de la Malouine

Dinard Pointe de la Malouine

at 64 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

The Pointe de la Malouine in Dinard is a promontory west of...

See Dinard Pointe de la Malouine guide


at 65 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Dinard, estblished as a fashionable resort in the 19th century, is still...

See Dinard guide


Seaside resort at 67 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Saint-Lunaire is a small resort, established west of Dinard in the 19th...

See Saint-Lunaire guide


Seaside resort at 69 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

The resort of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer is an attractive destination with lovely views, several...

See Saint-Briac-sur-Mer guide

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Markets in and near Coutances

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

  • 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 near Coutances, France

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

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (30km)

Churches and religious monuments

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

Remarkable gardens

  • Argences (5km)

Sites of natural beauty

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

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

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

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Champrepus (26km)

Geography and distances

Coutances is in the north of France at 27 kilometres from Saint-Lo, the department capital (general information: Coutances is 278 kilometres from Paris).

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

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 as being close (less than kilometres from ): 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: Visiter Coutances


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