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Granville commands stunning views of the Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel from its fortified headland. Enjoy this invigorating resort’s wonderful array of ports, quarters and beaches, plus its museums, one devoted to local genius Christian Dior.

Ferries from Granville serve the magical Chausey Islands archipelago, like a mirage 15km out to sea, plus the Channel Islands.


A fortified town

Le Roc is the gritty name given to Granville’s dramatic headland. Walk around it not just for fantastic sea views across the Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel (although the holy mount itself remains just out of sight), but also to get an overview of this strategic port’s history. English forces built the earliest fortifications here, in the Hundred Years War. The French took the place back, Granville going on to produce many admirals and corsairs. At the headland’s western tip, hulking concrete blockhouses recall the German occupation in World War II.

East along the headland, the striking silhouettes of the Gothic church and a many-turreted house draw you inside the walled Ville Haute, packed with fine, solid stone mansions, plus boutiques, galleries, crêperies and restaurants. The Musée du Vieux Granville tells the story of port and resort via a mass of objects. At Le Roc’s eastern end, the major art museum, the Musée Anacréon, stands in a breath-taking location.

North, below Granville’s headland, spreads the beach resort. A tidal sea-water swimming pool stands out from the broad sands backed by white beach huts and some extravagant buildings. On the slope above, the pink villa where the 20th-century’s most famous fashion designer, Christian Dior, lived as a child is now a delightful museum. Dior’s love of fashion was partly inspired by the Granville Carnival, for which, as a boy, he would make lavish costumes for himself and his friends. The Granville annual extravaganza is still going strong.

South below Granville’s headland, the ports line up, with fish restaurants clustered behind them. The sailing school beside the big marina is highly regarded. Ferries connect Granville to the Channel Islands, and to Granville’s own archipelago, the Iles Chausey, a magical place to visit, ever changing with the tides.


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