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Coutances is a town on the Cotentin Peninsula of Lower Normandy, south of Cherbourg.

The town has existed since Roman times, functioning mainly as a market town for the surrounding agricultural area.


Get in[edit]

Roads connect the town to other places on the peninsula: Cherbourg to the north, Saint-Lô to the east, Granville and Avranches to the south. Cherbourg has ferries from the UK and Ireland. From Avranches, roads go west to Saint-Malo and beyond or south to Rennes and beyond.

Get around[edit]


Notre Dame cathedral, Coutances

There is a fine Norman cathedral.


There is an annual jazz festival in the spring (normally the 1st week of Ascension).


  • 1 E.Leclerc (Supermarket), 9027 Ave de la Division Leclerc, 50200 Coutances, +33 233 76 63 63. M-Th 09:00-19:30, F 09:00-20:00, Sa 09:00-19:15. To the N of the town




  • 1 Municipal Les Vignettes, +33 233 45 43 13. Municipal camp site. Office times vary (from official published times). Open all year round.


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