Manche is French for the ‘English Channel’ which surrounds its shores and it is here arrivals at the busy port of Cherbourg get their first taste of Normandy and France.
There is a welcome in Manche that will tempt you to remain on the Cotentin Peninsula. Sandy beaches, like Barneville-Carteret warmed by the Gulf Stream, and fishing villages are easy to find.
A trip to Jersey takes one hour, or visit Granville, a popular family and sailing resort and birthplace of Christian Dior.
Feast on Manche’s wonderful mussels, oysters and crepes. Stunning World Heritage Site, Mont St Michel rising from its rocky pinnacle is a ‘must’.
The lamb grazed on the surrounding salt marshes a celebrated Normandy delicacy. Inland, Coutances is famous for its cheese and fine cathedral. Remember D-day at the Utah Beach museum.