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La Manche, in Normandy, must rank as one of the finest holiday playgrounds in northern France – and it’s our region of the month.

Literally translated as ‘the sleeve’, this peninsula extends like an arm into the south west English Channel and contains some iconic sites, appealing resorts, beautiful beaches and lovely countryside.

At the start of the peninsula is the evocative Mont St Michel. The popularity of this landmark cannot dim its magic as you walk across the causeway and climb the medeival cobbled pathways in the footsteps of monks, fugitives, merchants and modern visitors.

Moving round the coast, you reach the very French resort of Granville, buzzing with shops and excellent restaurants, and beyond it some beautifully sheltered sandy beaches. The mild micro-climate means this area can be very pleasant in spring and autumn as well as during the warm summer. Also don’t miss the cathedral at Coutances and the zoo at Champrepus.

On the eastern coast you’ll find Bayeux, the atmospheric market town with the world-famous tapestry. Moving on in time, you can also visit the beach known as Utah, where one of the first Normandy landings took place during WWII, and the village of Ste Mere Eglise. The visitor centre for Utah is well worth seeing.

Manche’s countryside is rich with peaceful woodland and meadows and there are some great cliff-top walks. At its northern tip is the port of Cherbourg, with Cité de la Mer, a large aquarium complex where you can visit the nuclear submarine 'La Redoutable'.

Ferries sail to Cherbourg from Poole, Portsmouth, Rosslare and Dublin. The ports of Caen and Le Havre are also nearby and La Manche is about a 4 hour drive from Calais. We have a great range of places to stay, from a family friendly chateau to converted barns and country cottages. Just follow the link below.