Coutances is a town on the Cotentin Peninsula of Lower Normandy, south of Cherbourg.

The town has existed since Roman times, functioning mainly as a market town for the surrounding agricultural area.

Get in

Roads connect the town to other places on the peninsula: Cherbourg to the north, Saint-Lô to the east, Granville and Avranches to the south. Cherbourg has ferries from the UK and Ireland. From Avranches, roads go west to Saint-Malo and beyond or south to Rennes and beyond.


Notre Dame cathedral, Coutances

There is a fine Norman cathedral.


There is an annual jazz festival in the spring.

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