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Coutances

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Manche

Coutances - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Manche
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Cultural and historical capital of the Cotentin, Coutances has developed a harmonious complementarity between culture, heritage and tourism. Dominated by its cathedral, the old Episcopal city invites you to discover and to linger.

Between the woods and the endless open sea, the coast of the country and its dunes Coutances notched harbors deep is one of the wildest of the Normandy coast. Annoville of the dunes, the tip of Agon, the havens Regnéville and Saint-Germain-sur-Ay are all landscapes in the rugged beauty that constantly renew the vagaries of water and light.

Geographical information

MunicipalityCoutances
Postcode50200
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Latitude49.0478080 (N 49° 2’ 52”)
Longitude-1.4452609 (W 1° 26’ 43”)
AltitudeFrom 12m to 150m
Surface area12.51 km²
Population10469 inhabitants
Density836 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Lô (29 km, 34 min)
Insee code50147
IntercommunalityCC Communauté du Bocage Coutançais
DepartmentManche
RegionNormandy

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Pierre-de-Coutances2 km (5 min)
Bricqueville-la-Blouette3.3 km (6 min)
Gratot4.4 km (8 min)
Nicorps4.5 km (8 min)
Monthuchon4.5 km (8 min)
La Vendelée4.9 km (9 min)
Saussey5.6 km (9 min)
Courcy6.1 km (12 min)
Cambernon6.2 km (11 min)
Orval6.2 km (12 min)
Brainville6.6 km (10 min)
Hyenville7 km (10 min)
Servigny7.2 km (10 min)
Montchaton7.9 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

The churches of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Nicolas, Quesnel-Morinière museum, park, old streets lined with old shops and mansions give the city a charm that has not lessened the reconstruction of the postwar period.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Every spring, Coutances lives to the rhythm of world music: in almost 30 years of existence, the Festival Jazz under the apple trees has become one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

Every summer: the Summertime offer concerts, visits, discoveries and Coutances Country Coutances ...

Detailed information

Jazz under the Apple Trees
Eclectic jazz festival in NormandyFrom 30 april to 7 may 2016

Photos

St. Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
St. Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
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South Gate Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
South Gate Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Lantern tower of the Cathedral, to the cross (© Jean Espirat)
Lantern tower of the Cathedral, to the cross (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the old St. Nicolas church (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the old St. Nicolas church (© Jean Espirat)
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Coutances the mayor of
Coutances the mayor of
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Facade of the Notre- Dame cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Facade of the Notre- Dame cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
Saint Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Jazz under the Apple trees (© Eric Quesnel - CPAT)
Jazz under the Apple trees (© Eric Quesnel - CPAT)
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Former Church Saint- Nicolas (© Jean Espirat)
Former Church Saint- Nicolas (© Jean Espirat)
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Saint Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
Saint Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
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Arrows Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Arrows Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Near the town of Argences gardens, museums Saussey of the manor, castle Gratot are invitations to wander off the beaten track.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit the aquarium -museum The rock harmonies
Culture and education6 € to 9 € Granville (27 km)
Cross the Bay of Mont Saint Michel
Nature and the great outdoors680 € Genêts (41 km)
Flight over Mont Saint-Michel Bay on Ultralight Trike or Autogyro – 30 mins
Sports sensations120 € Le Val-Saint-Père (43 km)
Flight over Mont Saint-Michel Bay by Ultralight Trike or Autogyro – 20 mins
Sports sensations80 € Le Val-Saint-Père (43 km)
Premium Flight over Mont Saint-Michel Bay by Ultralight Trike or Autogyro – 1 hr
Sports sensations190 € Le Val-Saint-Père (43 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Cotentin Peninsula
Car itineraryEasy7h00Carentan (32 km)
Cape Circuit
HikeIntermediate3h00Barneville-Carteret (42 km)
The Willows
Village visitEasy1h00Fresville (44 km)
Crossing of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay
HikeIntermediate3h30Le Mont-Saint-Michel (46 km)

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