Granville is a genteel seaside resort where you can relax on sandy beaches, stroll around the atmospheric Old Town and devour ocean-fresh seafood. Nicknamed the “Monaco of the North”, the city is filled with elegant villas and mansions.
Things to do in Granville
In the 19th century, Granville emerged as a popular seaside resort for well-heeled holidaymakers. Plage du Plat Gousset remains one of the most beautiful beaches, fringed by gold sand and a breezy promenade.
Granville has been an important cod fishing port since the 1400s. Le Marite, a beautiful wooden schooner built in the 1920s, recalls the city’s maritime heritage. Step aboard Le Marite while it’s docked in the harbour or set sail on a tour of the Bay of Granville or the Chausey Islands.
Surrounded by ramparts, the Old Town is the most atmospheric neighbourhood in the city. It’s filled with beautiful historic villas and is home to attractions like the Richard Anacréon Modern Art Museum, where you can admire works by masters such as Picasso, Claudel and Dufy. If you love fashion, don’t miss the Christian Dior House Museum dedicated to the iconic French designer. It occupies Dior’s childhood home and features exhibits on his life and legacy.
Granville is famous for shellfish, with clams, scallops and cockles just some of the local specialties. Indulging in a mixed platter is one of the best ways to enjoy the city’s famous ocean-fresh seafood. Find some of the best seafood restaurants dotted around the main harbour.
Escape the city and spend the day exploring the postcard-perfect Chausey Islands. The archipelago is a one-hour boat ride from Granville and boasts sandy beaches, crystal-clear water and a handful of historic forts and castles.
Getting around Granville
Granville is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The city is a 1.5-hour drive from Caen and 4.5 hours from Paris. Gare de Granville offers connections to Paris and other cities. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a four-hour drive away.