LA HALLOTIÈRE

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Christine and Neil's TOP DAYS OUT FROM

LA HALLOTIÈRE

 

 

 

 

THE MONT ST MICHEL

 

Mt St Michel is 32 miles about 1 hour.    It is unique and startlingly wonderful.

On a practical note: it is NOT push-chair friendly, it has a lot of steps, so a baby carrier is a much better idea.

Mont St Michel A street in Mt St Michel Mt St Michel

  

ST MALO and DINARD

(with diversion to Dol de Bretagne)

Dinard is 61 miles and about 1hr 20 mins               St Malo is 60 miles and about 1 hr 20 mins

From Saint Malo you can get a “Water Bus” ferry (takes 10 minutes) to the seaside town of Dinard, which has lovely walks and a great beach. 

      For ease of parking: drive to Dinard and take the Water Bus to St Malo.

St Malo St Malo, showing the thickness of the walls. boat trip from Dinard to St Malo

 

On your journey back from St Malo/ Dindard it is not much of a diversion to turn off for Dol de Bretagne and -- visit the, externally, ugly cathederal! It is quite different inside and has many wonderful, original, stained-glass windows.

Dol de Bretagne Dol cathederal Wonderful windows

For those who want a really full day out: try Dinard, St Malo and the histoic town of Dinan in one day. This needs an early start and late finish.     Two days is a better idea.

   
 Dinan historic streets  Dinan  Dinan little train

 

 

DOMFRONT  then BAGNOLES DE LORNE and ST-FRAIMBAULT (known as "town of flowers")

Domfront is 26 miles about 50 mins.               Bagnoles is a further 11 miles about 20 mins.

St Fraimbault is another 17 miles takes 38 mins.  Then to return to La Hallotière is 27 miles takes 50 mins.
Bagnoles de Lorne, lake and casino Domfront - historic town church at Bagnoles de Lorne
St Fraimbault lake, boats and cafe St Fraimbault St Fraimbault church

 

Villedieu les Poeles (God’s Town of the Frying Pans!) and the Zoo at Champrepus.

Villedieu is under 30 mins from La Hallotiere. The zoo is only ten minutes from Villedieu.

It is one of the more attractive local towns as it was not destroyed in the allied invasion.  Its market day is Tuesday. 

  Its name is because of the brass and copper made there. It is also internationally famous for the manufacture of the bells of Notre Dame in Paris.

The excellent zoo at Champrepus is under ten minutes drive from Villedieu on the Granville road.

The zoo publishes times of feeding for some animals so you can get a closer look.

Admission is about 13 Euros for adults and 7 for children but this can be a whole day out. (prices for 2013)

Villedieu les Poeles market day - Tuesday Copper and brass
   
 The zoo  children's play area  camels at the zoo
   At the zoo there are childrens’ play areas at no extra charge, there is a café also tables provided for you to have a picnic.
     

 

 

Bayeux tapestry.  Unique. 1000 years old and wonderful. Not to be missed.

Bayeux 64 miles just under 1 hr 30 mins.

With an early start, combine a trip to the British and Canadian landing beaches They are only 15 mins away. See below

      

        

"D" DAY BEACHES

Not far north of Bayeux is Arromanches (Arromanches-les-Bains) where the British forces landed on D Day. There are Gold and Sword beaches and, between them, Juno (Canadian)  beach. You can see the remains of the artificial MulberryHarbour

 

Arromanches is  81 miles from La Hallotiere and takes about 1hr 40 mins.

However, Arromanches is 6 miles from Bayeux and is only about 15 mins. 

 

If doing a full tour of the invasion coast, do bear in mind that the Amecain Cemetery on the north/west coast closes at 5.30pm.         

 

Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet the Wednesday morning market.

St Hillaire is 13 miles and about 25 mins.

A pleasant town. The market is very French. It would not exist in this form in Great Britain  It is big and interesting.

Markets in Normandy are not cheap and often more expensive than the shops!

The market is worth seeing but animals are traded over market stalls and it is not for those who might be upset by this sight.

It is possible to combine a morning at the market at St Hilaire with an afternoon visit to the American cemetary at Saint-James

St James is about 30 mins from St Hilaire down the D30 (west).

Beautifully and lovingly kept.                        CLICK FOR MAP              Overwhelming and informative.                    

 

Avranches and the coast

Avranches is a pleasant town and is further described on a separate document in the folder provided for guests.

Do not miss Notre Dame church or the Botanical Gardens (opposite). This is also a good place to park.

Market day is Saturday.

The sea-side at Carolles (north of Avranches) and (further up the same coast) Jullouville and St Pair-sur-Mer all are on the sea and have good beaches. Carolles is 28 miles about 50 mins from La Hallotiere but only 12 miles from Avranches.

Genets is about 7 miles (15 minutes) west of Avranches.   Carolles-Plage is about 8 miles north of Genets (17 minutes).
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The beach at Carolles-Plage From Genets you can walk to Le Mont with a guide. beach on the Genets coast

 

Museum Christian Dior at Granville

 Rose arches with an ocean backdrop.  Dior  The rose garden courtyard.

The museum is the preserved house and gardens of Christian Dior the famous fashion and scent designer of the early 1900s.

The gardens are free to visit and are fabulous with a breathtaking display of roses. You can sample the aroma of the Dior scents but none is as lovely as the smell of the roses. The gardens close at 6pm. There are signposted walks to the "point" and to a nearby town.

The visit to the house is €6 and not worth doing unless you are interested in fashion and dresses. There is no attempt to show the house as it was.

Dior museum is just over an hour from La Hallotiere. You can get there via Avranches or Villedieu.
 

 

Special attractions for children are shown on a special children's page.