Vains tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Mont-Saint-Michel at 9 km from Vains

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Vains 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 Vains in Normandy.

Popular places to visit nearby include Mont-Saint-Michel at 9 km and Granville at 22 km.

Vains, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Heritage Site at 9 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Mont-Saint-Michel guide


Seaside resort at 22 km (direction north-west)

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

See Granville guide


at 29 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Mont Dol is a small village with a hill top on which stands a...

See Mont-Dol guide


at 29 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

The lovely old town in Dol-de-Bretagne ensure it remains one of the most popular...

See Dol-de-Bretagne guide


at 30 km (direction south), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Most visitors to Saint-Brice-en-Cogles also enjoy the tour of the local castles and manor...

See Saint-Brice-en-Cogles guide


at 30 km (direction west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

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

See Cancale guide


at 39 km (direction south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Combourg is best known for the Chateau de Combourg, once home to Chateaubriand, the...

See Combourg guide


at 40 km (direction south-south-east), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

The castle and historic lower town are the main attraction, but be sure to...

See Fougeres guide


at 40 km (direction south-south-east)

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

See Coutances guide


at 42 km (direction east-north-east), in the Calvados department

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

See Vire guide


Most Beautiful Village at 43 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Saint Suliac is a beautiful village on the estuary of the River Rance in...

See Saint-Suliac guide
Emerald Coast

Emerald Coast

at 44 km (direction west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

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

See Emerald Coast guide


at 44 km (direction west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

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

See Saint-Malo guide
Dinard Pointe du Moulinet

Dinard Pointe du Moulinet

at 47 km (direction west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

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

See Dinard Pointe du Moulinet guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Manche

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Markets in and near Vains

  • Avranches: market Saturday (4km)
  • Ducey: market Tuesday (12km)
  • La Haye-Pesnel: market Wednesday (13km)
  • Carolles: market Thursday (13km)
  • Jullouville: market Friday & Tuesday - seasonal market only (15km)
  • Pontorson: market Wednesday (16km)
  • Brecey: market Friday (19km)
  • Saint-Pair-sur-Mer: market Thursday (19km)
  • Saint-James: market Monday (19km)
  • Granville: market Wednesday & Saturday all day (22km)

More information about Vains, Normandy

Tourist attractions near Vains, France

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

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du château de Bonnefontaine (25km)
  • Jardin du château de La Ballue (28km)
  • Parc floral de Haute-Bretagne (32km)
  • Argences (37km)
  • Jardins du château de la Bourbansais (48km)
  • Jardins de la Pellerine (49km)
  • Parc du château de Caradeuc (58km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Couesnon (10km)
  • Embouchure - Couesnon (10km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Marais de Sougeal (20km)
  • Île des Rimains (30km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Sever (31km)
  • Île des Landes (31km)
  • Pointe du Grouin (32km)
  • Chausey (33km)
  • Île du Guesclin (36km)
  • Côte de Cancale à Paramé (36km)
  • Forêt de Fougères (37km)
  • Havre de Rothéneuf (40km)
  • Île Besnard (40km)
  • Étangs du canal d'Ille-et-Rance (42km)
  • Pointe de la Varde (42km)
  • Estuaire de la Rance (43km)
  • Îlots Notre-Dame et Chevret (45km)
  • Roches de Ham (47km)
  • Source - Couesnon (49km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Champrepus (18km)

Geography and distances

Vains is in the north of France at 54 kilometres from Saint-Lo, the department capital (general information: Vains is 276 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Vains

Canton: Avranches

Arrondissement: Avranches

Department: Manche

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 50300

Distance to Vains

from Saint-Lo (prefecture): 54 km

from Paris: 276 km

from Calais: 344 km

from Nice: 867 km

from Bordeaux: 432 km

from Strasbourg: 673 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 Vains from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 15 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Avranches, Bacilly, Ceaux, Champcey, Chavoy, Courtils, Genets, Le Val-Saint-Pere, Lolif, Marcey-les-Greves, Pontaubault, Ponts, Saint-Jean-de-la-Haize, Saint-Martin-Des-Champs and Saint-Senier-sous-Avranches.

This page in French: Visiter Vains