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Small town of the Channel, Normandy, Pirou takes place about forty kilometers from Saint-Lô, on the shores of the Channel Sea. It is close to Créances, Coutances and Lessay.

Full of charm, the Norman city is today mainly turned towards tourism, revealing numerous infrastructures of reception and quality leisure activities. In addition to its pleasant beaches, Pirou also reveals an interesting architectural and cultural heritage rich in tradition and history.

Water sports enthusiasts will find their happiness on the spot, with the opportunity to learn bodyboarding, sand yachting, kitesurfing or windsurfing, in addition to baths. Pirou also has an important activity in the oyster and oyster culture and mussels.

Geographical information

Latitude49.1811570 (N 49° 10’ 52”)
Longitude-1.5745240 (W 1° 34’ 28”)
Surface area29.11 km²
Population1536 inhabitants
Density52 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Lô (27 mi, 44 min)
Insee code50403
IntercommunalityCC Côte Ouest Centre Manche

Nearest cities & towns

Créances1.5 mi (4 min)
Geffosses4.4 mi (11 min)
Saint-Germain-sur-Ay5.2 mi (8 min)
Lessay5.3 mi (11 min)
La Feuillie5.9 mi (14 min)
Muneville-le-Bingard7.2 mi (15 min)
Gouville-sur-Mer7.8 mi (13 min)
Bretteville-sur-Ay8.4 mi (15 min)
Vesly8.9 mi (17 min)
Millières9.3 mi (16 min)
Blainville-sur-Mer9.6 mi (14 min)
Laulne9.6 mi (18 min)

Things to see and do

Strong castle of the twelfth century, the castle of Pirou is now in restoration. Listed as a Historic Monument, it still has remarkable roof beams and ceilings, as well as lauze roofs. Deeply reworked in the seventeenth century, the building takes the form of an old stately home surrounded by a polygonal enclosure and moat. You can also discover on the spot the bakery, the press, the chapel, the room of Plaids with the very beautiful tapestry of Pirou in summer which traces the conquest of the Italy of the South by the Normans, the old house or the path of round with shale roofs. Castle Pirou is also the place of one of the oldest legends of all Normandy, the famous geese of Pirou. Besieged by the Normans, the inhabitants of the castle asked the enchanter for help. The latter metamorphosed them into geese with his grimoire, but a year later, when they returned to the castle to read the formula upside down, the latter had burned with the rest of the building. This story helps to explain the annual migration of wild geese in March in the Cotentin.

Part of the thirteenth century, the church of St. Martin is home to several objects classified like a statue of St. Marcouf of the fifteenth century, and a sixteenth century homo ecce.

As you walk through the town, you can also admire the chapel Saint-Michel near the beach, the remains of a windmill of the sixteenth century or the beautiful mill Turtle.

Pirou-Plage is one of the main tourist attractions of the town, offering a breathtaking view of the Channel Sea, as well as many leisure activities such as kite surfing or windsurfing. Fishing on foot is also one of the attractions of the place.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

The market is held every Sunday morning. A second market is offered on Wednesday morning in July and August.

Pirouésie takes place at the end of February and the end of July, offering two weeks in the year devoted to activities, writing and reading workshops in schools and associations. In summer, shows are also offered in the evening.

Every year in April, Pirou hosts its two-day Whore Fair, offering sales of seafood, a local market, exhibitions, a carnival, a garage sale or even a festive evening and concerts.

Open House: the art in itself Pirou
Conference and Visit
Play With Your Senses In Pirou's Dunes
"Field of Battle" Evening - Hell of the Hurdles


Castle Pirou from the sky (© Y. Leroux)
Castle Pirou from the sky (© Y. Leroux)
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Tuesday 23 may
Min. 11°C - Max. 20°C
Wednesday 24 may
Min. 10°C - Max. 19°C
Thursday 25 may
Min. 12°C - Max. 20°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Bike hire near your accommodation
Sports sensations10 € to 25 € Quettreville-sur-Sienne (16.4 mi)
River boat ride to discover the Cotentin Marshes
Nature and the great outdoors10 € to 15 € Carentan-les-Marais (17 mi)
Horse ride on the paths of Saint Michel
Sports sensations280 € Bréhal (19.7 mi)
Horse-drawn carriage ride on the Champeaux cliffs
Entertainment49 € to 79 € Champeaux (31 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The promontories of Siena
All-terrain bike itineraryEasy1h25Regnéville-sur-Mer (11.8 mi)
Circuit of the mountains and valleys
HikeEasy2h00Orval sur Sienne (12 mi)
The marsh circuit
HikeEasy3h00Regnéville-sur-Mer (12 mi)
Circuit of lime kilns
HikeEasy1h40Regnéville-sur-Mer (12.3 mi)
Circuit of mills
HikeEasy2h00Orval sur Sienne (12.5 mi)


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