Curiosities of Granville!!

This is a nice town which we visited as a family and have several posts in my blog. However, there are some pictures missing and will tell you all about it here to do more credit to wonderful Granville. Hope you enjoy the post as I remembering of it.

The city of Granville is in the Manche department 50 in the Normandie region. It is a seaside and climatic resort in the bay of Mont Saint-Michel at the end of the Côte des Havres, a former cod fishing port and the first shellfish port in France. It is sometimes nicknamed the “Monaco of the North” due to its location on a rocky promontory, the presence of a casino and several large luxury hotels. Granville owes its name to the Grant family, to which Duke William the Conqueror (king of England) allotted land.

Today you can come into the city by the road RD 924 towards Villedieu-les-Poêles of which we take always, The road RD 973 from Avranches is also a good choice. Granville is 25 km from the A84, a free highway/autoroute which we take. It is also crossed from north to south by road RD 911, the coastal road to Avranches. The Paris-Granville train line, departing from Paris-Montparnasse station, terminates at Granville station. It is used by Intercités Normandie and TER Normandie , By boat, the port of Granville serves the Chausey and Channel Islands.


Let me tell you a bit about its wonderful streets we enjoy walking and driving on them in our visits.

The Place du Général-de-Gaulle is the point marking the heart of the city center. It overlooks rue Lecampion, cours Jonville and rue du Docteur-Letourneur. It is crossed by Rue Paul-Poirier, the extension of the latter to the south leading to rue Couraye and rue Saint-Sauveur. The first city/town hall was erected here in 1692,still is and the tourist office too. It pays homage to General de Gaulle, leader of Free France and President of the Republic from 1959 to 1969.


The Cours Jonville name is in tribute to Gilles Méquin-Jonville, doctor and former mayor of Granville. Cours Jonville is a central artery of Granville, with a single east-west traffic direction, which starts from the bottom of Boulevard d’Hauteserve for end on the Place du Général-de-Gaulle. An extension of Cours Jonville should be noted coming from rue Ernest-Lefrant. It receives the rue du Boscq, the rue du Docteur-de-La-Bellière, which crosses it, the rue du Docteur-Letourneur and the passage de l’Abreuvoir. You have the interesting building at No 7 of the Banque de France built in 1890. It opened in the 1920s before closing in 2004. There is ,also, a nice open air market on Saturday mornings.


The Rue Paul-Poirier is name after Paul Poirier, surgeon who bequeathed a maternity hospital to the city of Granville. Former rue du Pont, rue Paul-Poirier is a shopping street in the city center. Oriented south-north, it rises from the Place du Général-de-Gaulle to the intersection between the rue des Corsaires, the rue des Juifs and the rue Georges-Clemenceau. At the top of the street, the motorist then heads respectively towards the port district, towards the Upper town and towards the casino. In its lower part, it extends beyond the Place du Général-de-Gaulle and overlooks the rue de l’Abreuvoir, the rue Couraye, the rue Saint-Sauveur, the rue des Carrosses, and the rue Clément-Desmaisons. The rue du Pont, a historic crossing of the Boscq, dates back to the 17-18C, at the time of the growth of the port and the development of suburbs in the Lower Town. It takes its current name of Rue Paul Poirier in 1907.


The city of Granville on its heritage

The Granville tourist office on the must sees

There you go folks, another dandy tour which can be done on foot of Granville by the bay of Mont Saint Michel, gorgeous countryside of my belle France. Again, hope you enjoy the tour and see you soon by Granville.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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