Meet the Monaco of the North: Granville

Discover the city nicknamed the Monaco of the North

Located in the Manche department, our team invites you today to discover the charming city of Granville, also nicknamed "The Monaco of the North" and its unmissable visits.


What to visit in Granville?

Escape during a stay in Normandy and visit the emblematic city of Granville. If you're wondering why Granville is called the Monaco of the North, it's because the upper town is built on a rocky promontory similar to the famous Monegasque "Rock".

The city has a very rich historical heritage, a sublime architecture, a beach and is located near the Chausey islands. During your stay, you will discover its museums, its commercial port and its marina.


The charm of the Upper Town

Granville is composed of a "lower town", which includes the commercial port and the marina, as well as the "upper town" which includes all the historical districts, where you will find a particular architecture, cobbled streets and breathtaking panoramas. It is also while walking in these alleys that you will discover the square of the church Notre-dame du Cap Li-Hou but also the aquarium of Roc des Armonies.


Discovering the museums


The Christian Dior Museum

The famous French fashion designer Christian Dior was born here in Granville. During your visit, you may have the opportunity to discover this sumptuous museum, which was originally Christian Dior's childhood home in Granville, in the "Belle Époque" style.

In an idyllic setting perched on a cliff ridge overlooking the sea, it is one of the only "Musée de France" entirely dedicated to a fashion designer.

A visit to this splendid house will allow you to discover its delicate garden, laid out in the English style by his mother, Madeleine Dior, where the flowers and scents will awaken the senses of everyone. Every year, the museum hosts exhibitions dedicated to the designer, presenting the behind-the-scenes of Dior's creations.


The Richard-Anacréon Museum of Modern Art

This museum, housed in the buildings of the former Paul Bert school, presents to the public a collection of permanent artworks and regular temporary exhibitions.

Among the permanent collections of modern art, you will be able to see paintings put on deposit by the National Museum of Modern Art as well as works by local artists.

Want to know more about the Richard-Anacréon Museum of Modern Art? Check out our more detailed article now.


Want to organize a trip to visit the surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel?

Take advantage of your stay to visit Granville which is 13 km from Villa les Dunes in Saint-Jean-Le-Thomas. Villa les Dunes offers rooms and suites for a unique and relaxing stay on the bay of Mont Saint-Michel.

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