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In 1855, Granville was the first port of registry of the Compagnie Générale Maritime. Today it’s harbour is home to 77 fishing boats with almost 500 families directly or indirectly relying on the fishing industry.
Written May 26, 2007
The best beaches in this area are those to the south of Granville (St Pair sur mer, Jullouville and Carolles plage). These are all in one long stretch with a long 6 km promenade for a pleasant walk/cycle.
Written May 24, 2007
Classified as one of the National Celebrations of 2005 by the Ministry of French Culture & Communication, the Christian Dior museum & gardens celebrates this year the centenial anniversary of his birth, marking the event with a major exhibiton recalling his designing decade, 1947-1957, through the 22 collections of his creation. Set up in the family estate the "Rhumbs", true master pieces are brought together for the first time, from prestigious museums. The exhibiton also presents the dressmaker's sources of inspiration, his childhood passed in Granville with the different fashions at the turn of the century and with the friendships he tied during the inter-war period. The exhibition illustrates the influence of Christian Dior throughout the world and even to this day with the creations of its successors, from Yves Saint-Laurent to John Galliano. Through it's multi-disciplinary charater this 2005 exhibition marks the objectives of the museum, Villa "Rhumbs" for years to come which are to closely associate couture, perfume, visual & decorative arts.
Updated May 26, 2005
Address: Villa "Les Rhumbs", 50400 Granville
Phone: 33 (0)2 33 61 48 21
Quite nice, in the old town, can't go wrong here.
Favorite Dish: Comfort food from Normandy, so close to the border of Brittany that you can indeed eat at the creperie
Written Jan 22, 2006
50406 Granville cedex
Written May 27, 2007
Phone: 02 33 91 30 03
If you believe the popular expression, you could say the Chausey archipelago is a "heaven paved of bad intentions". Anchored 9 miles north-west of Granville and about 15 miles north-east of St-Malo, the Norman archipelago is indeed marvelously wild, authentic and safe from envy since it is a "classified site". However, this mineral Eden has to be deserved: the crossing from the continent remains a small adventure, spiced with an impressive marling and strong currents. Once on the spot, these ingredients mixed with the chaos of islands, grunes, sand banks, mudholes, shallow waters and tortuous channels require nautical competence and wise navigation. Chausey is the largest archipelago of Europe and carries the strongest tides of the Old Continent. Set sail on adventure if you dare the tides, then admire them coming in and out from Granville's ramparts.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Phone: 02 33 91 83 72
One of France most enjoyable tradition is the frequent markets you can visit. French people have a tradition of eating fresh and shopping almost everyday for their food. You will find markets in Granville to be a feast for the fish and sea food lovers, but lots of other produces come in a wide variety. Very friendly experience with the rural inhabitant of the place. They take place on a regular basis on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Cours Jonville, close to the port, take the Rue de la Libération until Rue Paul Poirier or Saint-Sauveur.
Updated May 26, 2005
Favorite thing: Located south of Cherbourg and west of Paris, Granville is divided into upper and lower towns. The fortified upper town stands on a promontory overlooking the Baie du Mont-St-Michel. The lower town, is a seaside resort featuring a casino, gardens and promenades. Granville also serves as an embarkation point for travel to the Channel Islands.
But for some peace and quiet, the lovely garden created by the family of the couturier Christian-Dior, and now open to the public, is a good place to visit.
Tourist Office: 4, Cours Jonville50400 GranvillePhone: 33 2 33 91 30 03Fax: 33 2 33 91 30 19
Fondest memory: There is a lighthouse in the Granville Bay.....so i had to stop!
Written Sep 9, 2003