Granville

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A seaside resort that used to be famous for cod fishing and shellfish. With a similar landscape to rocky Monaco founded by William the Conqueror. It is a ferry terminal and has two yacht basins overlooked by the Notre Dame church.




"Granville (French pronunciation: [ɡʁɑ̃.vil] (listen); Norman: Graunville) is a commune in the Manche department and region of Normandy in north-western France. Chef-lieu of the canton of Granville and seat of the Communauté de communes de Granville, Terre et Mer, it is a seaside resort and health resort of Mont Saint-Michel Bay at the end of the Côte des Havres, a former cod fishing port and the first shellfish port of France. It is sometimes nicknamed "Monaco of the north" by virtue of its location on a rocky promontory.

The town was founded by a vassal of William the Conqueror, on land occupied by the Vikings, in the 11th century. The old privateer city and fortification, for the defence of Mont Saint-Michel, became a seaside resort in the 19th century which was frequented by many artists, and equipped with a golf course and a horse racing course.

Home of the Dior family of industrialists, an important commune which absorbed the village of Saint-Nicolas-près-Granville in 1962, port and airport of South Manche, it has also been a Douzelage city since 1991, twinned with 20 European cities. Administratively, the islands of Chausey, the French Channel Islands, which include a small harbour, are part of the commune of Granville.

The town is populated by 13,021 inhabitants, who are called Granvillais." Wikipedia









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Herel Marina
1 . Herel Marina

A large marina with a tidal sill on the tip of Granville. the quayside offers a few restaurants in a commercial setting, while several more are found 15min walk into town.

Granville - Basin du Commerce
2 . Granville - Basin du Commerce

A large busy drying offering sheltered anchorage and an entrance into the Basin a Flot used by local fishing vessel.

Les Blainvilles
3 . Les Blainvilles

A series of buoys in the tidal channel alongside the rocky Grande Ile. One restaurant near the fortress and ferry point.

Port de la Houle
4 . Port de la Houle

A drying harbour with few vessel. One or two seen alongside the harbour wall. Plenty of restaurants around the harbour.

Rotheneuf Bay
5 . Rotheneuf Bay

A natural sandy harbour behind a rocky narrow approach. Many boats dry out in the western side of the bay with a collection on the eastern side.

Port Vauban St-Malo
6 . Port Vauban St-Malo

A marina tucked into the northern corner of the Vauban Bassin behind a double gated lock accessed from the northern side of the outer ferry terminals. Good access to the old town full of restaurant...

Les Bas-Sablons Marina
7 . Les Bas-Sablons Marina

Just south of the main ferry terminals in a large bay protected by a solid breakwater below the Fort d'aled. Holding just short of 1300 berths on long pontoons with a sill to keep the basin flooded...

Dinard bay
8 . Dinard bay

A large field of buoys in the bay with a more compact group of fore and aft mooring closer to the floating walkway next to the quayside. No visitors.

Plouer Marina
9 . Plouer Marina

A small marina behind a narrow flood gate with pontoons near Le Port Saint-Hubert in the western bank of the river Rance.

Lyvet Marina
10 . Lyvet Marina

A marina with six pontoons and two mooring fields on the river Rance behind a tidal barrage that provides high-water access out past St Malo. Limited facilities and a couple of restaurant in the vi...

Gorey Harbour
11 . Gorey Harbour

A sandy drying harbour under Mont Orgueil Castle on the eastern coast of Jersey with a collection of drying buoys outside the breakwater. Several restaurants around the pretty harbour.

Saint Catherin's Bay
12 . Saint Catherin's Bay

A large sand sea bead bay with some partly submerged rocks on the approach.

Saint-Cast Port d'Armor Marina
13 . Saint-Cast Port d'Armor Marina

A large marina south of the tip of the headland, north of the large beach.

Dinan. Quay
14 . Dinan. Quay

A long quay on the west bank of the river Rance as it narrows up towards Dinan. Some aft-to mooring leading on to a series of restaurants in a pleasant leafy surrounding. A 20min walk into the town...

La Collette Marina
15 . La Collette Marina

A basin south of the ferry terminal and home to local boats. Fuel station on Victoria pier.

Saint Helier Marina
16 . Saint Helier Marina

Five pontoons behind a tidal sill with a number of visitor berths at the far end. Good access to town.

Elizabeth Marina
17 . Elizabeth Marina

A large busy marina for local boats with a shallow approach. Overlooked by the Waterfront hotel.

Portbail Yacht Basin
18 . Portbail Yacht Basin

A drying harbour in the sandy estuary with basic facilities. The town of Portbail is a 15min walk away for supermarket and a couple of restaurants. Otherwise La Plage on the beach is a little close...

Belcroute Bay
19 . Belcroute Bay

A sandy sea bed bay south of Saint Aubin Harbour and Fort.

Bouley Bay
20 . Bouley Bay

A popular anchorage on a sandy sea bed overlooked by Fort Leicester.

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16 . Saint-Brieuc
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17 . Herm
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19 . Binic
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