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Manche

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MancheManche is a department in the region of Basse-Normandie. It is surrounded on three sides by the English Channel and has over 350 km of coastline. Manche is named after La Manche ("the sleeve"), which is the French name for the English Channel. Inland Manche borders the departments of Calvados, Orne, Mayenne, and Ille-et-Vilaine.

Manche has an oceanic climate warmed by the western gulf stream. Winters in Manche are mild and rarely fall below freezing. Summer temperatures are normally around 25°C. Many Mediterranean plants (mimosas and palms) have naturalised along the coast of Manche.

The first capital was Coutances until it was replaced by Saint-Lô in 1796. Saint Lô was virtually destroyed during World War II and during its reconstruction Coutances became the capital once more.

Mont Saint Michel, Manche, Normandy Mont St Michel

Prefecture - Saint-Lô

Places of Interest:

St-Vaast-la-Hougue- picturesque fishing village and marina
Cherbourg - largest man-made harbour in the world and historic town
Utah Beach, Ste-Mere-Eglise - D-day sites
Coutances - historic town with a thirteenth century cathedral
Mont St Michel - Benedictine abbey
Granville and Villedieu-les-Poeles - historic towns

Weather in Manche

 


Travelling to the Manche

 

Ferry

Nearest Ferry Port:

French Terminal Caen Cherbourg Le Havre St Malo Dieppe Roscoff Calais Dunkerque
Approx. journey time to Saint-Lô 50min 1hr 5min 1hr 45min 1hr 30min 2hr 35min 3hr 15min 3hr 55min 4hr 15min


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Plane

Nearest Airports:

Airport Cherbourg Dinard
Rennes Tours Angers
Approx. journey time to Saint-Lô 1hr 05min 1hr 30min 1hr 30min 3hr 3hr 10min

 

 

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Train

TGV Stations in Lower Normandy:

Laval, Le Mans

Non TGV Stations:

Caen, Cherbourg, Lisieux