the Cotentin are found many highlights of Normandy. The Mont Saint
Michel, the battlefields of the 6th June 1944 D-Day, The tapestry of
Bayeux. Oyster bays & great seafood. Scenic hidden trout valleys
and salmon rivers. Eveb good pike fishing and bird watching in the
wetlands of Carentan.
|What we consider as the northwestern part
of the Cotentin, is the seashore between Isigny and Saint Vaast la
Hougue. To take big cities it would be comprised between Caen and
Cherbourg. It also includes the inland marsh lands around Carentan. In
this area are located all the beaches, battlefields, cemeteries of the
the D-Day, (Sword, Omaha, Utah, Sainte Mère Eglise,
Colleville and hundreds of other places). Visitors also like to
admire the Tapisserie de Bayeux recalling older battles of
William the Conqueror. This is a perfect place for a holiday sharing
time between culture and history with pleasures making you feeling that
it is good to be alive and to live in peacetime. There is great seafood
gastronomy, oysters, picturesque towns and villages. The marshy lands
provide goals of excursions and excellent
pike fishing. The trout streams described in the next chapter
(inland Cotentin) are not too far and offer excellent fly fishing.
If you are staying
in this area, it is also possible to visit the Mont Saint Michel on a
long day excursion.Wildfowl currently fly above the inland marshes
traveling between the Bay des Veys and the Bay du Mont Saint Michel...
tapestry of Bayeux must be visited
Prices & Accommodation
for the specific Normandy Cotentin rates
Choice of accommodation for the
Country hotels - Manor
B&B - Cottage (gîtes) rental.
Brown trout & pike fishing, guided or "self guided".
or 3 days it is easy to combine the Cotentin with the other streams of
cemetary of Colleville sur Mer
Region Villedieu, Granville
There are many advantages to staying in this area of the
central Cotentin. Firstly you are halfway between the D-Day sites &
the Mont Saint Michel. Then the hotel that we recommend is directly on
one of the best trout & grayling rivers of the area. It is very
easy to spend the day away visiting everything and come back in the
early evening for an excellent dinner and a fishing party after dinner.
The hotel is also situated in a very pristine and quiet setting with a
a full lot of curiosities very close. The fishers port of Granville,
highspot for seafood gastronomy is only a few miles away. Very
attractive picnic shopping is possible right on the river, as there is
an andouille smoking craftshop selling also cheese, chilled cider and
Fishing for trout and grayling
on public river with a very attractive No kill & Fly only
stretch. Fishing period March 15 to September 20. Dry fly from mid-may
to the end of the season.
Inland Cotentin alternative
Gîte rural in the region of Vire
We have selected a 3 épis Gîte
Rural. Quality lodge on the premises of an old ivy covered
watermill. River is of course in the garden. 1km is totally private for
the Lodge. Your license allows you to fish miles of river, on stretches
of neighbour fisher's associations. Superb scenery in the "Gorges de la
Vire". Price includes no meal, you make your own shopping and cooking
or choose one of the restaurants that we have selected for you. There
are two lodges, for a couple with childrens or two couples.
Fishing, on private
lodge's stretch of 1km. + all the neighbour local club's stretches.
Very nice opportunities on pike and chubs on the fly on the lower
stretches. Easy access to the trout and grayling stretches described
parts near the Mont Saint Michel
Le Mont Saint Michel, along with the Tour Eiffel and
Notre-Dame de Paris, remains one of the most visited monuments of
France and probably of the world. It sometimes needs courage to join
the crowds in the narrow climbing streets. There are wonderful views to
the mount from the cliffs of the Genêts in the north or from the
salted marshy meadows of Sainte Anne et Cherrueix in the south. The bay
is a reputed wetland for wildfowl nesting and wintering.
The two hotels we recommend are highly enjoyable gourmet
retreats also. The surroundings of the bay are reputed for the lambs
and for the oysters. Cancale is one of the best production center for
oysters in France. In Cancale is found the Guide Michelin rouge awarded
Maison Bricourt, but a full lot of simplest but delicious houses is
When you (ever) finish le Mont Saint Michel, you can
choose Cancale or Saint-Malo and all the D-Day memory sites. There are
also many other local villages, churches etc...
Fishing on public rivers for brown trout & salmon.
Trout on dry fly from June to the end of season. Spring salmons from
March to June.
owner and keen chef with salmon angler (The chef is also a salmon
angler, un vieux saumonnier). Good rooms, all kinds of excellent menus,
outsdanding good value table. A wonderful place to stay.
View of the Mont Saint
Michel from the salted meadows (les prés salés)
Kitchen of the
restaurant La Mère Poulard
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