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Saint-Gilles tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Coutances at 22 km from Saint-Gilles

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Saint-Gilles 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 Saint-Gilles in Normandy.

Popular places to visit nearby include Coutances at 22 km and Lessay abbey at 29 km.

Saint-Gilles, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 22 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Coutances guide
Lessay abbey

Lessay abbey

Abbey at 29 km (direction west-north-west)

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

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at 36 km (direction south-east), in the Calvados department

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

See Vire guide
Normandy landing beaches

Normandy landing beaches

at 37 km (direction north-east), in the Calvados department

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

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

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

See Bayeux guide


Seaside resort at 43 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Granville guide


at 48 km (direction east-north-east), in the Calvados department

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

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at 51 km (direction east-north-east), in the Calvados department

The medieval Chateau de Creully is the highlight in Creully...

See Creully guide


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

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

See Cancale guide

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Map of places to visit near Saint-Gilles


Markets in and near Saint-Gilles

  • Marigny: market Wednesday (5km)
  • Saint-Lo: market Saturday & Friday (6km)
  • Torigni-sur-Vire: market Monday (16km)
  • Periers: market Saturday (19km)
  • Coutances: market Thursday & Saturday (21km)
  • Carentan: market Monday all day (23km)
  • Isigny-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Saturday (25km)
  • Gavray: market Saturday (25km)
  • Le Molay-Littry: market Thursday (27km)
  • Gouville-sur-Mer: market Monday - seasonal market only (29km)

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Tourist attractions near Saint-Gilles, France

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

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (24km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Forêt (Cerisy-la-Foret) (21km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame (Bayeux) (39km)
  • Prieuré (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy) (46km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Rucqueville) (46km)
  • Prieuré de Saint Gabriel Brécy (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy) (49km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Argences (21km)
  • Plantbessin (30km)
  • Jardins du château de Brécy (49km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Roches de Ham (13km)
  • Forêt de Cerisy (23km)
  • Baie des Veys (31km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Sever (34km)
  • Chausey (52km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Torigni-sur-Vire (16km)
  • Villedieu-les-Poeles (30km)
  • Villers-Bocage (38km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Domjean (17km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Champrepus (32km)
  • Parc zoologique de Jurques (33km)

Geography and distances

Saint-Gilles is in the north of France at 6 kilometres from Saint-Lo, the department capital (general information: Saint-Gilles is 259 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saint-Gilles

Canton: Marigny

Arrondissement: Saint-Lô

Department: Manche

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 50180

Distance to Saint-Gilles

from Saint-Lo (prefecture): 6 km

from Paris: 259 km

from Calais: 298 km

from Nice: 882 km

from Bordeaux: 477 km

from Strasbourg: 655 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 Saint-Gilles from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 15 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Agneaux, Amigny, Canisy, Carantilly, Gourfaleur, Hebecrevon, La Chapelle-en-Juger, Le Mesnil-Amey, Le Mesnil-Eury, Marigny, Montreuil-sur-Lozon, Quibou, Rampan, Saint-Ebremond-de-Bonfosse and Saint-Martin-de-Bonfosse.

This page in French: Visiter Saint-Gilles


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