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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“What can one say? Many ways to get there. Bus. Horse drawn carriage. By foot. Also guided walking tours across the bay to the Mont (prepare to get wet in the process). A unique experience. ”
  • 253 locals recommend
Museum
“Sous-marin, aquariums, exposition Titanic, profondeur des océans, voici 3 heures à une journée complète à vous émerveiller. It's a great sea museum with a submarin, Titanic exhibition, aquariums...”
  • 43 locals recommend
Archipelago
“You can get to this lovely island from Granville and also have a meal onboard during the one hour crossing. vedettesjoliefrance.com”
  • 59 locals recommend
Beach
“There are many D Day beaches and tours all within just over an hours drive. Depending on when you are here will depend on events being held. Please check online for details. Museums often charge entry fees. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Cemetery
“The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. The long lines of white marble Latin crosses and stars of David symbolise the sacrifices that the Allied nations - and here in particular the United States of America - have made for our freedom. The cemetery is an exceptional site, not in the least because of its impressive location dominating Omaha Beach, where the Americans suffered their worst losses. It take around 45 minutes to drive to the American Cemetery from La Forge and is well worth a visit.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Museum
“If you are a fashion aficionado then the Christian Dior Museum is a must see whilst in Granville. The Belle Époque mansion was originally the Dior family home before they moved to Paris and continued as a sea-side holiday home (and a retreat during the ravages of the First World War) until the Diors were forced to sell it to the town of Granville in 1932. There are magnificent sea views from the cliff top and in a clear day you can see the islands of Chausey and even Jersey. Perfume workshops are held in September. Open: May to October Address: 1 Rue d'Estouteville, 50400 Granville, France”
  • 40 locals recommend
Food
“Artisan manufacture and sale of traditional quality local produce and very quirky gift shop. Inside the shop, you will see the decor is still in the old fashioned style, to whisk you back to yesteryear ! The French influence reigns supreme over the displays of gourmet food, regional and local produce. Savoury or sweet, there is something for everyone ! Here and there, the shop's style will take you back to another era, and the delicious aromas you tempt you to stop at our wonderful deli in La Manche, Normandy. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Zoo
“This was one of our favourite places to visit when the kids were younger, especially the goats! It will take about 1 1/4 hours to drive there from La Forge.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“La pointe du Grouin, et son magnifique panorama, un incontournable de la destination Saint-Malo - Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Beach
“Utah Beach is one of the two American landing zones in Normandy. This beach was created by British general Bernard Montgomery who wished to establish a beachhead directly in the Cotentin peninsula in order to capture Cherbourg faster, because of its deep water harbor and its major logistic importance.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This really surpassed our expectations. The story of the D Day landings is beautifully captured - you can walk into the bomb craters and shelters. Fantastic views too. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Nature
“WWII Normandy Landings (US) Three D-Day museums. Musée D-Day Omaha features an Enigma machine”
  • 27 locals recommend
Beach
“The WWII Normandy landing beaches need no introduction. Your choice as to where you go. Lots of different museums. Re-enactments are usually carried out around the annual anniversary of the landing date (6th June 1944). All very sobering. Lamentably much of historic Normandy was destroyed in the process - mainly from Allied bombings prior to and during the Landings. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Zoo
“Zoo de Jurques We’re generally not a fan of zoos but I highly recommend this one. It has active breeding programmes with a heavy influence on education. Set in a huge forest it feels far from ‘zoo like’. The enclosures are huge, appropriate and well kept. Animals are all in very good condition and the keepers are friendly and helpful. There are 2 paths to complete with various feeding times to view, which are easy to follow. Parking is free. There are lovely play areas by the cafes and gift shops. The picnic area is well appointed by car park area P5. *Go in to the gift shop and request to leave for your picnic. They will stamp your hand and let you out!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“La Hague, la petite Irlande Normande La Hague, cap à l'ouest du Cotentin est le site incontournable de vos vacances en Normandie. La commune d'Auderville est située à la pointe de la Hague longée par le Raz Blanchard, l'un des plus forts courants de marée du monde dus aux hauts fonds entre le cap de la Hague et les îles Anglo-Normandes. A découvrir à pied sur le sentier des douaniers, à partir de Landemer en passant par Omonville-La-Rogue, port aux nombreuses maisons de granit, Port-Racine, petit port atypique, vers Goury puis le majestueux Nez de Jobourg, et, au-delà vers les landes de Vauville ou encore Biville et son formidable espace dunaire, ou en parcourant ses villages authentiques, comme Omonville-La-Petite, vous serez séduit par les paysages grandioses et ses points de vue sur les falaises, ports et plages sauvages, phares et paturages où les moutons appellés "les roussins" race typique et rustique de la Hague, profitent des embruns.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Ces falaises parmi les plus hautes d'Europe qui donnent au Cotentin un petit goût d'Irlande. A moins que ce ne soit l'inverse ! A Jobourg ou ailleurs, partout dans la Hague, profitez du chemin des douaniers.”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“this is a high-end hotel and restaurant which is a good spot for a little indulgence!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Snack Place
“Dans un cadre de rêve, très bon restaurant à un prix très correct réservation obligatoire”
  • 22 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This lovely place in Grandcamp is a real treat. It’s good for any group but particularly good value in terms of kids set menu. Food is consistently excellent and service is also very accommodating. You need to book in advance, it’s very popular. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“This is about an hours drive from Les Fieffes in Blainville but well worth it to be right by the sea in spring and summer months. It’s essentially a shabby chic sea side shack selling pub like fare but with French style (and the occasional singalong). Choices are basic but good quality (Moules Frites). Only a short drive up from here to Pointe D’Agon or Agon-Coutainville Resort to make part of highly enjoyable day out.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Ce restaurant de fruits de mer haut de gamme au décor simple dans des tons clairs offre une belle vue sur le port.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Brewery
“Dans la haute ville, coin piéton, bonne carte et bonne ambiance, souvent des concerts; ”
  • 14 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“8 mn' 6 km by car Super-chef Olivier Roellinger’s sumptuous restaurant is housed in the impressive Château Richeux, 4km south of Cancale. Roellinger’s creations have earned him three Michelin stars (though he renounced them in 2008), and the food takes in the culinary highlights of Brittany and Normandy, all beautifully cooked and imaginatively served. Roellinger's son - Hugo - took over from his father in 2014 to focus on fish, vegetables and seaweed. Book well ahead. Sompteux restaurant du chef Olivier Roellinger, repris par son fils Hugo en 2014, qui le consacre désormais aux poissons et aux algues (pas de viande). Réserver à l'avance. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Diner
“Salon de thé pour déjeuner ou déguster une patisserie et un thé. Innombrables thés à la carte, moelleux délicieux et pasteis de nata à tomber...”
  • 16 locals recommend

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