Granville is a seaside resort in Normandy. Its architecture, in particular, stems from the Art Deco period. The train station is a wonderful example of this and the town itself, was often referred to as the Monaco Of the North, for its glamourous celebrities and lifestyle.
It hosts a casino, many fabulous boutiques, restaurants, bars and is renowned for its seafood. You can also catch a ferry to the beautiful island of Chausey for the day – a bird lovers paradise. It is the largest archipelago in Europe. You can also take a ferry to Jersey during the summer months. Then there is the Christian Dior House/Museum, gardens and the lighthouse of Cap Lihou. And, of course, you can stroll along one of the many beautiful sandy beaches, for example, the Plage du Plat Gousset at Granville. Or walk along the Port de Plaisance and admire the yachts and boats nestling in the dock. It really does have it all for a grand day out or a weekend.
Not only that Granville is renowned for its Carnival! The biggest in the West of France and, this year (2023), it runs from 17 February to 22 February. You will find a full link to the programme of events on their Facebook page (all links at the bottom of this page) it will include live music, concerts, the procession, kids activities, an evening disco and much more. It is steeped in tradition, history and heritage. Thousands of people will attend over the 5 day period and the floats are spectacular. In keeping with tradition, the winning float is set alight at the port side.
All the main roads to the town will be blocked off, so you can just simply park up on the main road and the maximum you would have to walk would be about 10 minutes. Alternatively, you could wait for the free buses that will take you into the town centre.
There are lots of street sellers – selling fog horns, confetti, silly string, balloons etc. Lots of frites, sausages in bread rolls and crepes – the usual fare at events. Tabacs, restaurants and Boulangeries are open all day! So there is no need to bring a picnic and do remember it is February and can get quite chilly. You will find many people who are watching the carnival, get into the spirit of things, by also dressing up. The onesie is very popular!
The floats set off from different starting points, but will come together and follow the procession along the main street. The most congested area is around the tourist office but you still have have plenty of room to manoeuvre and it is a great day out.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Granville and it’s very famous Carnival.