L’anse du Brick
Nestled amongst verdant granite hills, the beach in this cove is well-loved by inhabitants of Cherbourg and is a sheltered spot for a picnic. Located between Fermanville and Maupertus-sur-Mer, it is also a popular surfing spot.
Between this typical Val de Saire port and the tall lighthouse of Gatteville, the Fort of Cap Lévi is at the heart of a vast protected natural landscape near Fermanville. Built in the 19th century as part of the defence of Cherbourg harbour, the fort is now a guesthouse. Cap Lévi also has a sheltered harbour with 82 moorings, a semaphore and a lighthouse.
Gatteville lighthouse is the 2nd tallest in France at 75 m. Climb the 365 steps and from the top there is a magnificent panorama of the Val de Saire and the sea, overlooking the strong currents of raz de Barfleur [Barfleur race], less well-known but just as formidable as the raz Blanchard [Aldernet race].
This fishing port with granite houses and quays stacked with lobster pots is one of the most beautiful villages in France. It was a very important port in the Middle Ages and has welcomed some illustrious visitors; William the Conqueror pulled up anchor here to sail to England and Richard Lionheart embarked here to be crowned King of England. Today it is a popular village for holiday-makers and a beautiful place to walk. To find out more...
Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and Tatihou island
Reputed for the quality of its oysters and classed a Unesco world heritage site for its Vauban fortifications, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue is a popular stop-over for yachtsmen. Snuggled next to this charming port and modern marina, the island of Tatihou is an outstanding site mixing historical heritage and nature conservation. Each summer, the island pulses to the rhythms of the world music festival “Les traverses de Tatihou”. To find out more...
The Saint-Marcouf islands
Each winter on the Saint-Marcouf islands, Terre and Large, 30 000 seagulls land to nest and rest. There are also colonies of cormorants, a few families of herons and other species of sea birds. It is forbidden to land… but not to admire.
On the doorstep of the Cotentin, the “capital of the marshes” benefits from a port and marina at the end of a canal that crosses countryside and marshes. An unusual stopover at the western end of the bay of the Seine. To find out more...
The D-day landing beaches
Opposite the Saint-Marcouf islands are the famous landing beaches; Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Here the events of 6th June 1944 witnessed the start of the battle for Normandy which led to the liberation of Europe. Places full of historic memories but also a wild coast just waiting to be discovered.