Out and About
Calvados, France has many different attractions for holiday makers; it is a rural retreat renowned for cider, camembert cheese and Calvados.
1 hour away from La Porte is Bayeux a beautiful village and the home of the famous Bayeaux Tapestry. The D Day landing sites are within reach and are well worth a visit.
To the west there are wonderful sandy beaches lined by some of the best fish restaurants France has to offer. Just 45 minutes car ride away from La Porte there is a small theme park that caters for the trainee white knuckle rider, (Festy Land just outside Caen).
There are two zoos, one outside Villedieu-les-Poeles (Zoo De Champrepus) and Zoo De Jurques near Vire. Also near Vire is Viaduc De La Souleuvre, here you can go on the adventure course, do a bungy jump or go on the 400 metre long high wire.
Mont St. Michel is about 1 hour away from La Porte and is well worth a visit, especially at night, (particularly high season when the shops/restaurants/bars stay open till 11pm). Close by Mont St. Michel is Alligator Bay, the home of a number of alligators and tortoises.
St. Malo is just along the coast from Mont St. Michel and is a beautiful walled town. Between Villedieu and Avranches is Curcuit Bois Du Parc, providing 'go carting' fun fun for the family. 30 mins away from La Porte is Lac De La Dathee where you can go on the lake using boats of all kinds and where you'll find the nearest golf course.
This picture (left) was the main entrance to the town of Vire in the middle ages (from the 13th century). The belfry was added in the 15th century. A room in the south tower houses a memorial to the 500 inhabitants killed during the bombings on 6th June 1944 and throughout the summer (July, August and September) it houses a special exhibition.
Granville, within a 45 minutes drive, provides the chance to visit the Channel Islands by ferry or the nature reserves of the Chausey Islands archipelago just 17km off shore.