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In the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, in Normandy, halfway between Caen and Rennes, Granville is a small town of 15,000 inhabitants with all the advantages of a larger one, and the sea to boot! With 30 km of beaches, an archipelago, independent shops and a lively events scene which is very popular with neighbouring Parisians, Granville can offer you a new lease of life.

Feel like you’re on holiday all year round

A few key statistics

  • 7 Blue Flag beaches
  • 3 hrs from Paris
  • 5 watersports centres
  • France’s 3rd largest sailing school

Top 5 reasons to move to Granville

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Swap the commute for the seaside

and say au revoir to traffic jams. Here, you may even find yourself using the boat, the free bus and your bike more than the car.

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Treat yourself

Try your luck at the casino, go shopping in the many shops in the town centre, stroll along the Plat Gousset promenade after a great meal, or get pampered at the spa.

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A pleasant climate

Granville, like the rest of Normandy, enjoys a temperate oceanic climate that is neither too cold nor too hot. And contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t rain that often: less than in Paris or London, anyway!

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Everything you need to stay in shap

If you’re into sport, you’re bound to find an activity that’s right up your street (or treadmill). Water sports are of course a major feature, but not the only one. The Cité des Sports in Granville and the gymnasium at Saint-Pair-sur-Mer are home to a wide range of sporting activities. And if hiking is your thing, you’re in for a treat.

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A packed cultural calendar

There’s always something going on in Granville. Carnival, festivals, concerts, nights out, shows, theatre and exhibitions attract a large number of visitors all year round.

Move to Granville with peace of mind: we’re here to help!

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Before you pack your bags, do you need help finding a home in Granville, a job, a school, childcare or just finding your way around? Sit back and let us guide you!

  • AVF Granville Terre et Mer : guidance on moving to Granville and a range of activities and outings to help you make new friends and settle right in.
  • Granville Town Hall : for all your day-to-day needs (schools, transport, finding services and shops, housing, local planning, etc.)
  • Granville Terre et Mer : the community of municipalities that assists your everyday life.
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What not to miss in Granville

From the corsair town to the neighbouring coastal towns and rural villages of Donville-sur-Mer, Bréhal, Jullouville and Carolles, Granville is full of hidden gems.

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The beach and the Plat Gousset promenade

The place to be for any Granville residents going for a stroll. The casino can also be found here.

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Granville old town

Climb up to the ramparts above the town, and soak in the magnificent view. Immerse yourself in the history and atmosphere of this old corsair town. Today, the Ville-Haute is home to artists’ workshops and private mansions.

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The Chausey archipelago

A group of 400 islets, including a small fishing village where cars are prohibited. It can be reached from the Granville ferry terminal, where there are also links to the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

And also…

The Christian Dior museum

Sur les hauteurs de Donville, la maison natale du célèbre couturier a été convertie en musée et en jardin public avec une exceptionnelle vue mer.

Mont-Saint-Michel and the bay

These two Unesco World Heritage gems host the spectacle of Europe’s highest tides, several times a year.

Granville Regional Nautical Centre
For both leisure and competitive sailing, France’s 3rd largest sailing school offers catamaran, optimist and windsurfing lessons and courses all year round.

Working by the sea in Granville

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Is the beach calling you? It’s time – you’ve decided that you want to move to Normandy!
If you don’t already have a job lined up, you should be able to find one or set up your own business in Granville without any difficulty.

The top sectors and companies recruiting in Granville

Water sports

Water-based activities are one of the key drivers of Granville’s economic appeal. The 4-star watersports centre is also home to a popular marina.

Fishing

Granville is France’s leading shellfish port and the 2nd largest port in the Manche department after Cherbourg. Its fleet comprises 50 fishing boats and some 250 fishermen. The port is also home to a fish market (known as a “criée”, because of how sellers used to shout to sell their fish).
The local farming of shellfish (oysters, bouchot mussels and clams) is also one of the most successful in France.

Tourism

As a popular nautical destination, Granville benefits from a thriving tourist economy. You’ll have no trouble finding a job in the hotel and restaurant industry.

Fashion and luxury goods

In Saint-Pair-sur-Mer, Ateliers Grandis produces luxury and haute couture clothing using traditional methods.
In Granville, Macon & Lesquoy’s embroidered patches are a roaring success, leading them to develop partnerships with major brands such as Le Parapluie de Cherbourg, Vanessa Bruno and others.

Food industry

Thousands of tonnes of crackers and biscuits are produced by the Mondelez factory in Granville every year. In Cérences, Lis (Lesaffre group) specialises in producing baker’s yeast. 

 

Food industry in Normandy >

Healthcare

Granville is home to a highly acclaimed marine rehabilitation and occupational therapy centre. Its “Le Normandy” centre has two sites and employs 500 people.
The Avranches-Granville hospital has almost 800 beds. 

 

Healthcare sector in Normandy >

Are you an entrepreneur or freelancer who wants to develop your business in Granville?
Networking and coworking spaces are available (Granville Digital, la Station in Donville, the HEP Espace Partagé in Brécey).

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Studying in Granville: the good student life!

As well as an ideal living environment, Granville offers its students a wide range of high-quality courses.

Academic establishments in Granville

FIM/CCI Formation Normandie – Hotel and catering, industry, business

Training institute for nursing and care staff

Institution Sévigné – BTS in Banking

Lycée hôtelier Maurice Marland – Specialist programme

Julliot de la Morandière High school – Comprehensive high school (BTS in consultancy and marketing of technical nautical solutions, BTS in Cybersecurity, IT and networks & Electronics, BTS in electrotechnics

Maison Familiale et Rurale de Granville – Business, mixed farming, breeding and equine activities, business management

 

The GRETA and the Granville Regional Nautical Centre also offer qualifications (nautical, industrial, construction, etc.), as both initial training and CPD.

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