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Second largest city of the Channel, just after Cherbourg, Saint-Lô is the Prefecture of the Normandy department. City martyrdom of World War II, it was severely affected at this sad time, obtaining the nickname Capital of Ruins.

At the heart of the Cotentin peninsula, a few kilometers from the sea of ​​the Channel, the city of Saint-Lô is now considered the capital of the Horse. Proud of its roots, which date back to Viking times, the city can appreciate a rich heritage and beautiful buildings. Surrounded by ramparts, the prefectural city still allows to realize the former wealth of the city before its destruction.

City Saint-Lô is resolutely turned towards the future city. In the middle of the old stones, modern buildings stand, blending perfectly with past, present and future.

Between walks in Normandy, and tasting a rich and subtle cuisine that blends seafood and local produce such as cream, milk or butter, visitors have plenty to enjoy their stay Saint-Lô.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude49.1160380 (N 49° 6’ 58”)
Longitude-1.0913980 (W 1° 5’ 29”)
AltitudeFrom 7m to 134m
Surface area23.19 km²
Population20116 inhabitants
Density867 inhabitants/km²
Insee code50502
IntercommunalityCA Saint-Lo Agglo

Nearest cities & towns

Agneaux2.3 km (7 min)
Saint-Georges-Montcocq2.3 km (6 min)
Le Mesnil-Rouxelin4.8 km (8 min)
Baudre5.2 km (10 min)
La Luzerne5.4 km (8 min)
La Barre-de-Semilly5.4 km (9 min)
Villiers-Fossard6.3 km (12 min)
Rampan6.5 km (12 min)
Saint-Pierre-de-Semilly6.8 km (12 min)
Thèreval6.9 km (12 min)
Saint-Gilles7.5 km (12 min)
Pont-Hébert8.1 km (13 min)
Sainte-Suzanne-sur-Vire8.6 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

If Saint-Lô suffered greatly during the Second World War and lost part of its architectural heritage, the town does not have one less beautiful sites to discover.

Built in the late thirteenth century, the church Our Lady of Saint-Lô is a superb gothic monument. Listed historical monument, it is located in the enclosure surrounded the city walls. If the building has suffered bombings, it has retained its beautiful stained glass windows, filed in the Second World War.

Many Saint-Lô sites were listed as Historic Monuments, like the Magdalen Chapel, Castle Vaucelle that greeted the three kings, Edward III, Francis I and Charles IX, or of the Holy Cross Church. The National Stud and its grounds, are also classified. Erected between 1882 and 1890, the current buildings were rebuilt identically after the Second World War. Today the site hosts nearly forty stallions Norman cobs and French stool. Many events are organized in the summer.

Public hospital, the hospital memorial France - United States was classified as an historic monument in 2008. It was built after collecting donations, from 1947, following the horrors of World War II.

The city walls of Saint-Lô remain on three of four sides of the Yard. Their heights, one can enjoy an amazing view over the Vire and the Powder Tower, a military relic.

The Museum of Fine Arts houses since the late 1980s the collections of the city including paintings by Corot and Eugène Boudin to.

Set in a seventeenth-century farmhouse, the Normandy museum aims to trace the history and ethnography of agriculture in Normandy. A workshop, stables, a barn or a butter have been rebuilt there.

Many parks situated throughout Saint-Lô, like green beach, Vire Islands, the towpath, or public garden located in the Yard.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Saint-Lô, despite its painful past, has retained a love of life that permeates all the events offered by the city.

In June, the feast of the Vire and Associations and the opportunity to enjoy numerous festivities. A regional market offers the best products of the area, village associations to discover the different activities of the city, while traditional wooden games or sports activities are offered.

The appointments are an ambitious sonic festival full of originality. In November, the city of Saint-Lô offers concerts of all kinds of music, be it pop, folk, hip-hop or electro.

Many markets Saint-Lô take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays morning in different places of the city. From June to early September Virées offer local regional market and crafts on the green beach, Thursday evening.


Friday 28 october
Min. 16°C - Max. 16°C
Saturday 29 october
Min. 15°C - Max. 15°C
Sunday 30 october
Min. 16°C - Max. 16°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Jeep Ride along the D-Day Landing Beaches
Culture and education40 € Asnelles (44 km)
Quad Tour along the Cliffs of the Landing Beaches
Sports sensations55 € Asnelles (44 km)
Buggy Tour along the Cliffs of the Landing Beaches
Sports sensations55 € Asnelles (44 km)
Quad or buggy on the D-Day beaches
Sports sensations55 € to 210 € Asnelles (44 km)
Canoe-kayak at the heart of Swiss Normandy
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Le Hom (47 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Cotentin Peninsula
Car itineraryEasy7h00Carentan-les-Marais (23 km)
The Willows
Village visitEasy1h00Fresville (41 km)
Cape Circuit
HikeIntermediate3h00Barneville-Carteret (55 km)


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