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Mont-Saint-Michel, a profusion of art and history

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The Mont Saint-Michel, marvel of the Western world, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site:
- 3 million visitors per year
- 9th place among France's finest cultural sites
Districts classified as steeped in "art and history": Pays d'Auge, Pays du Clos du Cotentin, Pays de Coutances


Marvel of the Western world, the Mont Saint-Michel dominates the heart of an immense bay braving Europe's highest spring tides.
It was upon the request of Archangel Michael, "prince of the celestial militia" that Aubert, Bishop of Avranches had the first church built and consecrated in 709. In 966, a community of Benedictine monks settled on the rock. Hence, the Pre-Romanesque church was built before the year 1000.
Simultaneously to the abbey's development, a village began to form as early as the Middle Ages, sheltered by the high walls many of which date from the Hundred Years War.
Recognised in 1979 by UNESCO as "World Heritage", this prestigious tourist site attracts over 3,000,000 visitors each year. Work to restore the Mont Saint-Michel's maritime character was launched in June 2006.


Bordering both the Calvados and Orne departments, the Pays d'Auge embraces several towns and beaches whose reputation stretches far beyond national frontiers: Cabourg, Deauville, Honfleur, Lisieux, Livarot, Pont-L'Evêque.
Some of its small towns have very famous names: Camembert, Cambremer, Beuvron-en-Auge.
Considered as the epitome of Norman character, with its cows, apple trees and thatched cottages, its proximity to the Paris basin ensures significant tourist frequentation.


Situated in the heart of the Cotentin peninsula. Of its three county towns including Bricquebec and Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, only Valognes can boast an ancestral history dating from antiquity. These three listed towns share the "Town of Art" quality label. Valognes, a genuine district capital with an exceptional cultural diversity, was nicknamed "Normandy's Versailles" thanks to its impressive villas. Bricquebec is quite rightly proud of its fortress which is one of the best preserved examples in Manche. And finally Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, with its striking 10th Century castle, for many years occupied a strategic position on the frontiers of the marshy bocage.


Coutances Cathedral is a remarkable example of Norman Gothic architecture. Its magnificent French gardens are well worthy of a visit.
Other sites not to be missed include the Abbey Church of Hambye, the Regnéville-sur-Mer lime kilns and Agon-Coutanville with its magnificent 19th Century villas, a few of the many sites which contribute to the Coutances district's great diversity.

  • Hébergement à l'Ile de Tatihou
  • Auberge à Beuvron-en-Auge
  • Château de Bricquebec
  • Cathédrale de Coutances
  • Randonneurs au Mont-Saint-Michel