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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Manche

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

Tourism labels
Latitude49.0478080 (N 49° 2’ 52”)
Longitude-1.4452609 (W 1° 26’ 43”)
AltitudeFrom 12m to 150m
Surface area12.51 km²
Population10614 inhabitants
Density848 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Lô (29 km, 34 min)
Insee code50147
IntercommunalityCC du Canton de Coutances
RegionLower Normandy

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
Performance halls

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 08 to 16 may 2015


Jazz under the Apple Trees (© Eric Quesnel - TCPC)
Jazz under the Apple Trees (© Eric Quesnel - TCPC)
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Sunday 29 march
Min. 9°C - Max. 10°C
Monday 30 march
Min. 10°C - Max. 11°C
Tuesday 31 march
Min. 9°C - Max. 10°C

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
Maiden two-person parachute jump
Sports sensations316 € Lessay (18.6 km)
Segway ride
Nature and the great outdoors35 € Bréville-sur-Mer (22 km)
Cross the Bay of Mont Saint Michel
Nature and the great outdoors680 € Genêts (41 km)


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)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals