The Coutances – Saint Lo area of France is a fascinating place to visit, and gives a real insight into this part of Normandy. Both cities have a lot to offer the tourist, and they are situated quite close together. Self catering accommodation in Coutances – Saint Lo is best found between the two cities, where a cottage in the country is the ideal place to stay.
This area of France suffered a great deal in the last years of the war, and in Saint Lo in particular, almost the only building left standing was the Notre-Dame church, with its amazing Gothic architecture and design. This really is a must see whilst on holidays in Coutances – Saint Lo. Over in Coutances, the cathedral was designed and built during the Norman period in history, and again, its design is to be admired. If staying in a cottage in this area between the two cities, you most likely will be enjoying the countryside and peace and quiet, whilst taking day trips into the surrounding areas. You may also choose to indulge in activities such as swimming, tennis, nature walking, horse riding, cycling and golf.
Renting a self catering cottage in Coutances – Saint Lo, gives you the opportunity to travel further afield to explore the rest of the Normandy region. A car is the best way to do this, either a rented one, or one that you have driven there yourself. You will be able to perhaps take a tour of the D-Day landings beaches, or visit Bayeux to view the world famous Bayeux Tapestry. Throughout history, this area of France has been linked with England, and the many museums in the area will be able to give in more detail the links between the two countries from Norman times and onwards. If you are interesting in seeing just how good the French cuisine is, then this is the region to visit! There are many dishes and drinks that are produced locally, and in particular, the foie-gras is particularly noteworthy. Keep your eye out for the local version of rice pudding as well!
Whilst this area of France cannot claim the same wonderful weather that the Med does, its climate is best during the summer months of May to September, when the temperature is usually in the mid-twenties degrees Celsius. Heavy rainfall can occur in the autumn months, and temperatures, whilst rarely dropping below freezing, do average out at about 8 degrees Celsius during the winter months. The average rainfall for this part of France is around 22 inches per year.
Being so close to the United Kingdom, many people choose to travel to the Normandy area by ferry. This gives the added advantage that their own car and not a hire car can be used during their holidays in Coutances – Saint Lo. The ferry services run from Portsmouth and Poole into Cherbourg, which is just a short drive away. Some people may decide to fly via Paris, but this would entail a three hour journey from the French capital to the area. Rennes (RNS) is a nearby airport, and Flybe operate services there from Southampton (SOU) and Manchester (MAN).