The bustling seaside town of Granville is built on a rocky headland on the far eastern point of the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay.
The delightful Islands of Chausey and nature reserve lie 15 kilometres off the coast.
Fortifications were built on the town of Granville by the English in the 15th century. Traces of this military and religious history can be seen in the remparts of the Old Town.
Granville is a busy fishing port and has regular ferry links to the Islands of Chausey and the Channel Islands.
Worth a Visit
- Musée Christian Dior: The world renowned couturier, Christian Dior, was born in Granville. A visit to his villa «Les Rhumbs» and its gardens with a breathtaking seaview, is a must for any visitor. The villa is also home to a fashion musem with regular haute couture exhibitions inspired by Dior's creations
- The Old Town: wander through the meandering narrow streets with 15th and 16th century houses and stunning sea views on either side
- Musée du Vieux Granville: local history musem with traditional arts and crafts
- Musée Richard Anacréon: modern art museum with impressive resident collection of works of Colette and Cocteau
- Aquarium marin du Roc des Harmonies: sea lions, fish and shells galore on show at this family run aquarium in the Old Town.
- Regular ferry links with the Chausey Islands and the Channel Islands: Chausey is a group of 350 small islands at low tide and 50 at high tide. The only inhabited island is the main one where a handful of fishermen live. This granite island is where the stones which built the Mont-Saint-Michel were quarried. Today, granite has given way to a fisherman's paradise of abundant shellfish. Chausey is also a nature reserve for marine birds.
- Centre régional de nautisme: facing the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay, the regional sailing school offers yachting lessons
- Granville Carnival, the biggest Carnival in Normandy (website in French) : legend has it that local sailors started the Carnival tradition in Granville. Frequently ships would set sail from Granville for the New World around the time of Mardi Gras. As a long and arduous journey lay ahead of them, the sailors celebrated before leaving Normandy and from this time onwards the townfolk of Granville have continued with the fun of a February Carnival.
You too can join in the Carnival fun, with the thousands of partygoers at Granville's Carnival, famous for its confetti fights, concerts, street parades and fancy dress from 28th February to 4th March 2014!