Places to visit and leisure activities during your holiday in Normandy
Normandy has many special places and beautiful natural landscapes to discover with friends or family. L’Anse du Brick is located in the heart of the Cotentin region of Manche, from where you can discover museums, parks, castles and gardens, as well as hike, go to the attraction parc for tree climbing courses or practice water sports.
The Cotentin, from the point of La Hague in the West to the tip of the Saire in the East, a paradise for tourists. There are varied landscapes, bocages and marshy areas in the Marais and the rugged coastline with the atmosphere of Ireland at La Hague, everywhere villages full of flowers. It is a heritage rich in history and culture, lively and it offers you a warm welcome.
The treasures of Val de Saire
Discover the Val de Saire along the banks via the GR223 walking path or the customs paths. You will end up in Barfleur and you can enjoy beautiful landscapes by the sea.
- Lighthouse Gatteville
One of the highest lighthouses in Europe with 75 meters and 365 steps. Here you will be surprised by a panoramic view between the Normandy countryside on one side and the other side the sea of Manche.
Small traditional fishing port. Local production of oysters, mussels and shells St Jacques, a tasty walk that you should not miss as lover of seafood. With the carriage, pulled by draft horses, you can make a nice ride through the city.
Island with untouched nature accessible by amphibious boat or on foot at low tide from the port of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. Botanical gardens, maritime museum , telling the history of the battle of La Hougue or visit to the Vauban tower (UNESCO World Heritage).
- Barfleur: Most beautiful villages of France
- Cap Levi: natural tourist town with its small harbor, its lighthouse, its fort and its semaphore.
- Moulin Marie Ravenel: 18th century water mill by the poet Marie Ravenel in Réthoville. Learn how to make bread and taste local products.
The point of La Hague, a rugged atmosphere that makes an impression, unforgettable for nature lovers
The region of La Hague, which stretches to the northwest of Cotentin, offers beautiful wild landscapes and has retained its traditional villages and customs. The jagged and steep cliffs are a pleasure for walkers along the customs path. Discover its natural sites to visits
The nose of Jobourg
On the cliff of Nez de Jobourg, you are 128 meters above the sea. It offers fantastic views of Cap Flamanville and the island of Alderney. You can join an organized walk and climb to the caves of Jobourg.
The dunes of Biville
An area protected by the Conservatoire du littoral, the Dunes of Biville are part of an exceptional natural massif that offers an atypical environment between sand and tides.
Manoir du Tourp
Former mansion from the 16th century, now decorated as a cultural space, dedicated to the territory: exhibitions, events for young and old.
Visits and activities for children
The Cité de La Mer
Museum with activities with the theme of the discovery of the ocean and life at sea. Experience an adventure as a marine on a submarine and visit the sea aquarium, with a column of water, which is the deepest in Europe, as well as a real nuclear submarine, which you can visit: the Redoutable!
The planetarium Ludiver
An interesting museum with the mysteries of space, head to the stars, you can participate in visits with a guide, which explains. Several workshops are organized for children.
The zoo of Montaigu
Fantastic walk through the park in the middle of the animals.
Zoo of Champrepus
Zoo, structured by theme, the atmosphere is informal, you get to see how the animals live and can get close to them.
Adventure park where you take a climbing tour through the trees at Saint Sauveur le Vicomte, via bridges, suspension bridges, nets and cables. There are courses on every level.
The excursions in Normandy that you should not be missed!
Discover the different characters of each of these islands: Chausey, Sark, Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney leaving from Barneville-Carteret.
Mont Saint Michel
The symbol of Normandy, the Mount becomes an island time and time again during tides: a natural spectacle that you should not miss! Guided tour of the abbey and its bay.
Visit Utah Beach and its D-Day Landing Museum or the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mère-Eglise, dedicated to US Airborne D-Day troops. Also worth visiting is the Museum of Liberation in Cherbourg.
German battery to visit in Saint-Marcouf
Sporting activities for your holiday by the sea
Enjoy your stay on the coast to practice water sports. The nautical center of Barfleur and the bay of Saint-Vaast offer you the rental of kayaks, surfboards for windsurfing, catamarans, sailing dinghies and stand-up paddle.
The equestrian center Ecuries de la Gare in Quinéville proposes different horse riding tours, independent of your level, also rental of ponies for children.
Perfect your golf swing at Cherbourg-en-Cotentin on a beautiful 9-hole course. Or for a view of the sea while golfing, book a green fee at the Gulf of the Cotentin peninsula in Fontenay-sur-Mer, an 18-hole golf course with sea views.
Norman gastronomy and products of the region
Taste the richness of the Normandy country and choose a table where specialties are presented:
- La Maison Rouge at l’Anse du Brick is one,of the best restaurants in the region
- The Panoramique: Restaurant with sea view at La Pernelle
Norman specialties to discover
- The biscuit factory with nice shops in Sortosville en Beaumont: a museum dedicated to tasty things. Absolutely recommended.
- The Gosselin store: selling local products, nice gifts to bring home.
- Brioche from Le Vast
- Shop with cider from Théo Capelle: here is artisinal cider made, visit is possible on reservation.
- Oysters from Barfleur & Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue