Chateaux de Lez-Eaux is a picturesque five star Castels campsite. It is a peaceful and spacious campsite for those who want to relax and enjoy their holidays.
The site is in an excellent situation near the West Coast of Normandy close to some excellent beaches and very close to Brittany, Mont St Michel, Granville and the Channel Islands.
The site is at Saint-Aubin des Préaux which is only 4km inland and a short drive from St Pair Sur Mer, a small town of only 3,000 inhabitants and which has a beautiful long sandy beach where you can take part in watersports.
The larger town of Granville is 5.5 kms to the North. The campsite is situated not far from a main road, but is surprisingly quiet.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
A magnificent abbey on an island. One of the first sites to be included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. This is busy but well worth a visit if you haven't already been to this most visited Tourist Attraction in France ! The narrow streets can get busy in high season and you may find them difficult with very young children and buggies. If you have young children and are desperate to see it then it might be a good idea to try and get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
A small leisure park for children, with a swimming pool, slides, roundabouts, miniature train and play area. There is also mini-golf, a bouncy castle and pony rides. It is situated at Le bois du Cobac, 35720 LANHELIN. Website
At Villedieu-les-Poêles in Normandy, this is an excellent zoo with 50 different species in 7 hectares. To visit the website Website
Contains some of the precious ancient manuscripts from the Abbey at Mont St Michel. Website
A lovely small town, famous as a yachting centre. It is just five and a half miles north of the Campsite. Here you will also find the Christian Dior and Richard Anacreon Museum.
An interesting village or small town to visit at in central Normandy. An American paratrooper landed on the steeple during WW2 (and survived !). To this day a model of a parachuting soldier hangs from the steeple in the town centre. There is also an excellent military museum to visit, the Airborne Museum, dedicated to American Paratroopers - Website. There are also a few excellent take-away sandwich shops and restaurants!
There are many sites to be seen in Normandy, related to World War 2. There are numerous WW2 sites which can be seen in Avranches such as the Avranches museum and for information about the General Patten memorial click here. The D-Day celebrations take place this year from 5th to 7th June. Bayeux also has an excellent museum and of course all along the northern coast of Normandy you will find the D-Day landing beaches. Here is a picture of part of the Atlantic Wall, the German wartime defence which you can see at Granville :
Worth a visit. Website
Takes place every May in Coutances. Jazz lovers from all over Europe flock to this festival where they will enjoy eight days of music and partying. It is now in its 34th year and the bill is bursting at the seams with music greats as well as plenty of up-and-coming talent. There will be promenade concerts and jam sessions as well as ad hoc performances where the music literally spills out onto the streets. Information can be found on the Coutances Tourist Office Website.
Many local producers of cheese, cider etc can be visited throughout Normandy.
87 kms away is the walled town of St Malo which would be worth a day out. There is also an excellent aquarium at St Malo.
The walled town of St Malo is definitely worth a visit. There are many fantastic shops and restaurants within its walls. You can also enjoy watching the artists or if you are brave enough you can have your caricature painted!
The town has a fantastic history stretching back to the days of pirates, or corsaires, who set off from here, and leading right up to the recent history during the second world war in 1944 when many buildings within the walled town were bombed. The restoration job is so well done that you would never guess that many of the buildings have been restored.
The 2 hour walk around the ramparts will give you some magnificent views of the coast and islands. There are many access points to the ramparts so you can chose to join or leave them at many points.
The photograph shows a view of the port of St Malo taken from the walk around the ramparts.
There is always something to see around the port area. Here is a tall ship from when we were lucky enough to see the Tall Ships Race at St Malo.
St Malo has an excellent bus Park and Ride facility which is a great way to get into the walled city.