Our cottage weekly stays are often located in small villages & upon arriving the first step is to check out the local resources. There’s usually a pub & we’ll also take in the shops, although this was the only “shop” in our Yorkshire village.
Some villages have shops that are really geared towards the day tourists & when the tide is out extra shops can be mobilised.
Villages, towns & cities can all be fascinating. Tidal conditions can change things drastically but a harbour with water is usually preferred.
With Yorkshire hosting the TdF start in 2014, some research was devoted to towns & villages along the stage routes.