Places to Visit



Les Hirondelles is ideally situated to explore Normandy and parts of Brittany too.


The Landing Beaches of Utah, Omaha and Arromanches are approximately an hour’s drive away. See our suggested itinary 


Bayeux, with its famous Tapestry, Cathedral and English War Cemetery, is within easy reach too. 


Mont Saint Michel is the second most visited attraction in France after Paris.  It is being returned to its original island status and the Abbey is definitely worth the climb for the panoramic view at the top.  Approximately 45 minutes.


At Mortain, you will find the Grand Cascade and the Petit Cascade - pretty waterfalls especially welcome and cooling on a hot summer's day.  Mortain is also popular for its walking trails, one along the disused railway line.  About 15 minutes.


Saint Hilaire du Harcouet is a large market town (Wednesday) and has a pretty park and lake with the River Selune running by.



Within an hour’s drive inland are the pretty towns of Domfront, with its
medieval walls, and the spa resort of Bagnolles de L’Orne. 






Just over the border in Brittany, DINAN is a beautful town approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes from Les Hirondelles.  Enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants set along the River Rance, take a boat ride, drive up to the ramparts and the medieval town and see the centuries-old buildings on the cobbled streets.


Heading back towards Saint Malo, DINARD on the coast offers spectacular views across the sea to Saint Malo, particularly from the Creperie on the spit.  Around 1 hour distant.







For lots of activities including canooeing, kayaking, horse-riding, VTT and bathing, visit Base de Loisirs de Chenedet on the route to Fougeres.


Closer to home, visit SAINT SEVER FOREST for marked walking trails  through the forest and around the lake.  Around 30 minutes from Les Hirondelles.                                                

The Barrage at Lac Dathy, just outside VIRE, is a lovely spot for walking and cycling, with marked VTT trails.  Around 20 minutes distant. 


A new Activity Centre will open in April 2014 in AVRANCHES.  The indoor site will offer Karting, a Laser Game, games areas for children up to 3 and 3-12, billiards, table football and more.  A Bar will offer drinks and snacks.  Ideal visit in wet weather!


Many more interesting places to visit can be found at the Normandy Tourist
Board website –


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