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Granville town guide

Granville

The visitor who is exploring Normandy in a hire car will find this pretty little sea side town by travelling west from Avranches.

ike many French coastal towns, Granville is in two parts, the newer is the seaside and the older the medieval part of the town. Granville was founded by the English in the fifteenth century when they were trying to attack and occupy the nearby Mont Saint Michel. This was far too easy a place to defend for the English to be successful. Granville was, however, perfectly placed for the pirates, smugglers and privateers to set out on their nefarious voyages and this gives the town its history. The Musee de Vieux Granville is open from Wednesday to Monday during the summer season and is full of seafaring artefacts. Although it requires some effort, a walk up to the top of the old ramparts is worth it for the view of the Bay of Mont Saint Michel.

In the newer part of town visitors will find the usual seaside attractions including some relaxing gardens. From the harbour you can get a boat to Mont Saint Michel or even, if you are feeling adventurous, to the Channel Islands.

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