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Brécey - a well located market town

The charming market town of Brécey is found in the south-west of Lower Normandy, in the Manche department. Surrounded by a gentle and idyllic Norman countryside, Brécey is within easy reach of the coast and the many attractions of the region. It's also located close to the ferry ports for easy travel from the UK.

Shopping, eating and sports in Brécey

While many small French towns have few shops and services, Brécey boasts excellent local amenities in addition to its colourful Friday market. There are supermarkets, banks, bakers, bars and restaurants. It's also got good sporting facilities, with access to horse-riding stables and swimming. The nearby towns of Villedieu les Poles and Avranches offer more shops, services and leisure facilities.

History and heritage of Brécey

The town has its roots in the Middle Ages, when it was a port on the River Sée. Its heritage includes a chateau (a listed historical monument), a ruined castle, a Romanesque church and the Abode of Semondière, a moated house that was built in 1590.

What to see and do near Brécey

Brécey enjoys a fantastic location in the popular region of Lower Normandy. From a base in the town you can spend time on the beautiful beaches of France's north-western coast, and visit the remarkable heritage site of Mont St Michel. There are numerous attractive towns and villages nearby, including the "copper town" of Villedieu les Poles, famed for its copper pots and pans, and the stunning mediaeval town of Avranches. For those who enjoy outdoor activities and sports, there is also plenty of choice. Golf courses, swimming pools, horse-riding stables, fishing lakes, tennis courts, walking trails and go-karting can all be found nearby.

How to get there

The nearest airports are Dinard and Rennes. Nearby ferry ports include St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg and Le Havre. If you're driving, you'll find the town from the A84, which is the nearest major road.

Property prices and availability in and around Brécey

Property in and around Brécey is usually a little cheaper than that on the coast, so it's well worth considering. Brécey property is generally traditional in style, with old stone cottages predominating.

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WHERE IS Brécey?

Brécey is situated in the north-west of France, in the south of the Manche department.

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Population: 2,177

Access: By air: Fly to Dinard or Rennes. By boat: The nearest ferry ports are St Malo, Caen and Cherbourg. By road: The nearest major road is the A84.

Economy: The town's economy is boosted by a factory producing rubber products for the medical industry, and also a wood and carpentry company. Small commerce is present.

Interesting fact: The town, which is bisected by the River Sée, has its origins in the Middle Ages.


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