Le-Mont-St-Michel

A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations, this holy mount is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is its breathtaking bay.

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Remarkable Towns

Villedieu-les-Poêles is one of the essential stops for artisanal tourism in Normandy and La Manche. Fruit of a history of copper and metal working dating back to the Middle Ages, Villedieu is an important place to visit. L'Atelier du Cuivre (the copper workshop), la Maison de l'Etain, (House of Pewter), le Musée de la Poeslerie (Museum of copper pots and pans), la Fonderie des Cloches (Bell foundry) honour through their know-how this Arts and Crafts Town. Woodworking, cabinet-making and lace-making also occupy an important place in the local economy. The Museum of Norman Furniture and the lace workshop (Maison de la Dentelière), bear witness to the wealth of these ancient activities.

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D-Day Beaches

The D-Day Landings were the most vital part of the greater Operation Overlord to liberate Europe from years of German military occupation. Allied planning for a massive invasion of German-held France had got underway as early as 1943. The Normandy coast west from the Orne River Estuary to the Cotentin Peninsula was chosen for its flat, firm beaches, and to take the German military off guard – German intelligence thought an Allied invasion would occur much closer to Britain, on France’s most northerly beaches. As plans developed, the Allied commanders, Eisenhower and Montgomery, decided to extend the landing sectors to east and west.

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Cycling

On a Bicycle - Are you a leisure rider or true competitor? La Manche attracts cyclists of all abilities and of all kinds: on a road bicycle or a mountain bike, cycling is a great way to explore the department: There are 1200 km of waymarked bike trails, a bikeway from Cherbourg to Mont Saint-Michel, and 230 km of greenways (voies vertes)...

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Beaches - St Jean Le Thomas

This modest sandy beach at Saint-Jean-le-Thomas offers views of Mont-Saint-Michel in the distance. and is 38 minutes drive from Gite La Roche 

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