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Manche is part of the Basse-Normandie (lower Normandy) region. It includes the Cotentin peninsula and is bathed by the Manche (Channel) on the 350 km of its coastline. Geologically, the department is linked to the Armorican Massif and is above all a land of bocages (farmlands).
Manche is the first agricultural department in France for breeding, fruit and vegetables. Cherbourg-Octeville is an important port (fishing, yachting, French Navy, transport, commerce and shipbuilding). Nuclear industry has taken a major part in the department's economy. Tourism is also a major asset.
Km 1.5 : Saint-Martin-Des-Champs
Deserted until the 1970s, when its school closed down, St Martin des Champs has been growing again in recent years and the school reopened in 2005. The resurrection of the village coincided with the installation of several shops while St Martin remains proud of its agricultural past and avoided an excessive urbanisation.
Basse-Normandie, created in 1956, includes three departments: Calvados, Orne and Manche. It coincides with the Western part of the old province of Normandy and includes part of the Perche. The split of Normandy into two entities – Base and Haute-Normandie – is a reality dating back from the 16thcentury. Basse-Nromandie is France's number one region for the production of butter, fresh cheese (camembert, pont-l'eveque), cider, leech and turnip. It is also the region with the most horses with 12 pc of the country's population and the fourth for the automobile industry.
Tour de France of the Monuments Nationaux
Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel
A unique site and architecture.
The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century. The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the “Merveille” (Marvel) since the 12th century.
In summer, the Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel is best seen in all its splendour after sunset during the special “sons et lumières” shows.
Designated world heritage site by Unesco.
Jersey wearers after the stage 21
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