Manche places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Manche department of Normandy. See also our Manche travel guide

photo of Barfleur


Barfleur is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' and the harbour area in particular is very pretty
See guide

photo of Cherbourg


The port town of Cherbourg has several monuments and museums of interest and a visit is recommended
See guide

photo of Coutances


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

photo of Granville


Granville is best known for its long sandy beach, and the 19th century villas that follow the seafront
See guide

photo of Lessay abbey

Lessay abbey

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

photo of Mont-Saint-Michel


No visit to Normandy would be complete without visiting the iconic Abbey and island of Mont-Saint-Michel
See guide

For more information see the Manche guide

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Market towns & days in Manche

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Agon-Coutainville: Tuesday & Saturday
Avranches: Saturday
Barneville-Carteret: Thursday (high season only)
Barneville-Carteret: Saturday
Brecey: Friday
Brehal: Tuesday & Sunday
Bricquebec: Monday
Carentan: Monday all day
Carolles: Thursday
Cherbourg: Tuesday & Thursday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday
Coutances: Thursday & Saturday
Ducey: Tuesday
Gavray: Saturday
Gouville-sur-Mer: Friday
Gouville-sur-Mer: Monday (high season only)
Granville: Wednesday & Saturday all day
Jullouville: Friday & Tuesday (high season only)
La Haye-du-Puits: Wednesday
La Haye-Pesnel: Wednesday
Les Pieux: Friday
Marigny: Wednesday
Periers: Saturday
Pontorson: Wednesday
Portbail: Tuesday
Quettehou: Tuesday
Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet: Wednesday
Saint-James: Monday
Saint-Lo: Saturday & Friday
Saint-Pair-sur-Mer: Thursday
Saint-Pierre-Eglise: Wednesday
Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue: Saturday
Sainte-Mere-Eglise: Thursday
Sourdeval: Tuesday
Torigni-sur-Vire: Monday
Valognes: Friday
Villedieu-les-Poeles: Tuesday

Tourist attractions to visit in Manche

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Champrepus

4* Towns in Bloom

Cherbourg: See tourist guide


Ville d'etape




Towns of Art and History

Coutances: See tourist guide


Sites of Natural Beauty

Cap de la Hague

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'


Château de Beaurepaire

Jardin botanique du château de Vauville

Jardin Jacques Prévert

Parc du château de Nacqueville

Parc du château des Ravalet

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Forêt (Cerisy-la-Foret)

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Granville: See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Barfleur: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Mont-Saint-Michel (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue tours (Vauban fortifications)

Grand Sites of France

Baie du Mont Saint-Michel: See tourist guide