Places to Visit
Saturday St Lo
Monday – Carentan
Wednesday - Isigny
Pierre is a local fisherman who sets up tall in the main square of Isigny sur Mer most days selling the mornings catch. Great value fresh fish which comes highly recommended. Please note he often sells most of his catch by about 11am.
St Lo is by far the largest and best of the markets. However, all the markets sell a good variety of local produce including dairy, vegetables, fruit, meat, bread and fish.
Locally caught seafood is recommended, particularly mussels, oysters and lobster.
The Contentin Peninsular has spectacular coastal scenery with many beaches but also dramatic cliffs in the north near Cherbourg.
The closest beaches to Chateau Neuilly are near the pretty fishing port of Grandcamp Maisy. They form part of Omaha beach. and are approximately a 15 minute drive. The wilder and less populated Utah beach is about a 20 minutes drive. The magnificent Atlantic coast beaches around Coutainville and Barneville/Carteret can be reached in 40 minutes.
Ferries to the Channel Islands leave from both Barneville/Carteret and Granville.
In June 1944 Normandy became the launching point for the liberation of German controlled Europe. The Allied invasion of Normandy (D Day) is one of the key events in world history. The French government has done justice to its importance with an extensive network of museums, historical attractions, war cemeteries, and tourist routes which cover the history of D Day and the subsequent events that lead up to the liberation of France.
As previously mentioned the American landing beaches of Omaha and Utah are nearby whilst the British and Canadian beaches of Gold, Sword and Juno can be reached in 45 minutes by car. Other nearby places of interest associated with D Day are:
- Allied and German Cemeteries
- Pointe du Hoc
- Ste Mere Eglise
- Pegasus Bridge
- Utah Beach Museum
- Bayeux Military Museum
The cradle of the Dukes of Normandy, this old town suffered no damage during the war. Its key points of interest include the early Gothic cathedral and, of course, the Bayeux tapestry - an outstanding medieval “comic strip”
The nearest town to the chateau with shops for routine food purchases and some restaurants. It is also a centre for the Normandy dairy industry.
Mont St Michel
The original abbey dates back to the 8th century but by 1811 it had become a prison. Later in the 19th century it was declared a historic monument and is now a World Heritage Site. It has regained a small population of monks.
This unusual part of Normandy bears little resemblance to Switzerland inspite of its name. It is, however, a popular tourist area for walkers and canoeists.
The old judicial centre for the region, the town is built on top of a hill with one of the finest early Gothic cathedrals in France. Of particular merit is its octagonal lantern tower.
Inspite of extensive damage during its liberation in 1944 the town has many sites of interest. These include the castle, its abbeys and the Caen Memorial to the Battle of Normandy.
Cite de la Mer, Cherbourg
Built on the site of the old transatlantic maritime terminal this complex comprises a submarine museum and an aquarium.