Fontenay-sur-Mer tourism and travel guide

Photo of Fontenay-sur-Mer in Manche

Photo is of Barfleur at 20 km from Fontenay-sur-Mer

Visit Fontenay-sur-Mer: highlights and tourist information

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Fontenay-sur-Mer 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 Fontenay-sur-Mer in Normandy.

Popular places to visit nearby include Barfleur at 20 km and Cherbourg at 27 km.

Fontenay-sur-Mer, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Most Beautiful Village at 20 km (direction north-north-east)

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

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at 27 km (direction west-north-west)

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

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Normandy landing beaches

Normandy landing beaches

at 33 km (direction east-south-east), in the Calvados department

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

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Lessay abbey

Lessay abbey

Abbey at 34 km (direction south-west)

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

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at 50 km (direction east-south-east), in the Calvados department

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

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at 51 km (direction south-south-west)

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

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at 53 km (direction east-south-east), in the Calvados department

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

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Map of places to visit near Fontenay-sur-Mer


Markets in and near Fontenay-sur-Mer

  • Sainte-Mere-Eglise: market Thursday (9km)
  • Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue: market Saturday (11km)
  • Valognes: market Friday (12km)
  • Quettehou: market Tuesday (12km)
  • Saint-Pierre-Eglise: market Wednesday (21km)
  • Carentan: market Monday all day (21km)
  • Grandcamp-Maisy: market Sunday (22km)
  • Bricquebec: market Monday (23km)
  • Isigny-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Saturday (24km)
  • Cherbourg: market Tuesday & Thursday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday (27km)

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Tourist attractions near Fontenay-sur-Mer, France

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

Heritage sites

  • Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue tours (Vauban fortifications) (12km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (21km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Forêt (Cerisy-la-Foret) (43km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame (Bayeux) (50km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du château des Ravalet (26km)
  • Château de Beaurepaire (28km)
  • Parc du château de Nacqueville (37km)
  • Jardin botanique du château de Vauville (42km)
  • Plantbessin (49km)
  • Jardin Jacques Prévert (50km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baie des Veys (18km)
  • Forêt de Cerisy (45km)
  • Cap de la Hague (48km)

Towns of Art and history

  • Valognes (12km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Fontenay-sur-Mer is in the north of France at 45 kilometres from Saint-Lo, the department capital (general information: Fontenay-sur-Mer is 275 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Fontenay-sur-Mer

Canton: Montebourg

Arrondissement: Cherbourg-Octeville

Department: Manche

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 50310

Distance to Fontenay-sur-Mer

from Saint-Lo (prefecture): 45 km

from Paris: 275 km

from Calais: 278 km

from Nice: 917 km

from Bordeaux: 520 km

from Strasbourg: 668 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 Fontenay-sur-Mer from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 19 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Aumeville-Lestre, Azeville, Ecausseville, Emondeville, Eroudeville, Foucarville, Fresville, Joganville, Lestre, Montebourg, Octeville-l'Avenel, Ozeville, Quineville, Ravenoville, Saint-Floxel, Saint-Germain-de-Varreville, Saint-Marcouf, Saint-Martin-d'Audouville and Vaudreville.

This page in French: Visiter Fontenay-sur-Mer