THINGS TO SEE, DO & TASTE
Gites Du Pont is ideally situated for exploring all that Normandy has to offer, nestled in beautiful french countryside with stunning scenery all around. There are plenty of attractions and places to visit while your here. Below we have highlighted some of our favourite places to visit:
The Krill, La Baleine
The Krill is very traditional French bar restaurant and delicious food is cooked on the open fire. Very friendly and great atmosphere with an outside dining area for summer nights.
10 minute drive
The 12th century Hambye Abbey is well worth a visit for its beautiful setting, gardens and buildings . There are also regular exhibitions and events throughout the summer. You can also enjoy the walks through the woods and the view down to the river Sienne from the hill above the Abbey. There is also a very good restaurant, the Auberge de L'Abbaye next to the Abbey.
7 Minute Drive
Gavray is our local market town and has many good bars and restaurants to enjoy. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday and there is a real buzz in the air on market days. In the summer there live singers playing outside some of the bars. Visit mid-October for the huge Foire St Luc.
Mont St Michel
72 Minute Drive
Normandy’s most popular tourist attraction Mont St Michel is a site to behold and must not be missed. French kings supported the development of a major Benedictine abbey on the Island of Mont St Michel. There are fine buildings along the quaint village streets. Now converted into museums, hotels, restaurants, and boutiques for today’s tourists to discover and enjoy. While busy during the day it is a delight to visit on a summer night.
30 Minute Drive
Granville is a seaside resort and is often referred to as “Monaco of the North” and even has a Casino. There is a very picturesque marina with fish restaurants and bars. A ferry trip can be taken to Jersey and this is well worth visiting. There is an annual Granville Carnival in February before Shrove Tuesdaythat attracts 130,000 visitors with around 40 floats and several tons of confetti.
25 Minute Drive
Coutances is dominated by its Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral It is the most famous monument of Gothic art in Normandy. There are the most beautiful botanical gardens and many shops bars and restaurants too. Music lovers can enjoy the famous Jazz Sous Pommiers festival in May..
15 Minute Drive
This pretty little market town is known for its craft trades, especially copper. Stroll through the narrow streets and hidden courtyards. You can visit the bell making foundry, tin museum and see copper pans being made by hand in the factory.
60 Minute Drive
Bayeux is a commune in Normandy and is the home of the Bayeux tapestry which depicts the events leading up to the Normandy conquest of England. A visit to this medieval town is a must. In the heart of Bayeux is the Notre Dame Cathedral and is packed with local history. Botanical gardens dating back to 19th century are delightful. Visitors to the town often combine their trip with a visit to the nearby D-Day beaches and museums.