For the children
Unique to this beautiful relatively unknown peninsula
in Normandy is its coastline of over 300 km. The comforts of the mainland , but the charm of an
Le Cotentin peninsula of La Manche , with its beautiful golden sand beaches,stretch for miles and miles. The area is characterized by rugged cliffs, untouched nature, beautiful bays and charming harbor towns, where the fishing boats at low tide lie drying in bright colors.
Due to its
location in the Gulf Stream near the Channel Islands a maritime climate with
mild winters and pleasantly warm summers reigns here. In July and August the average temperature is around 23 degrees .
Traffic jams and parking problems are unknown.
There is only peace and beauty .
The interior is characterized by green hills , valleys , meandering rivers and tracks with beautiful views of the ocean .
On the west coast is Carteret ( 25 km ) , a cozy fashionable seaside resort with a wide sandy beach and lots of nice fish restaurants. From Carteret ferry boats go to the Channel Islands : Guernsey and Jersey. In the summer you should book in advance by credit card and an identity card per person is required . Pets are not allowed .
On the other
coast is St-Vaast-la -Hougue , known for its mussel and oyster farms . A harbor
town with excellent seafood restaurants , located in
an idyllic bay where you can visit Ile de Tatihou . You have a beautiful walk around the fortress of La Hougue. Here you can enjoy the salt air and the screeching seagulls .
All the way north in La Hague you will find a unique botanical garden on the seafront in Vauville and the famous ’sentiers pédestres’ . Here you can walk along the coast on the former custom paths that were used by customs officials to stop the smugglers from the nearby islands.
Slightly further south are the landing beaches
for instance Utah Beach with various war memorials . Or a little further on the
landing route the impressive American Cemetery and
the German cemetery , a lasting reminder of World War II.
During the summer months there is a market almost
every weekend with many antiques
and bric-a - brac . There are several supermarkets in the area as well as nice restaurants .
A few Tips:
- Do you like to
play golf ? Near Brix is a 9 -hole golf course and there
are more within a radius of 25 to 65 km.
- Abbeys and
cathedrals including the beautiful towns of Bayeux and Coutances .
- Mont Saint Michel
- The typical
French morning markets with local products .
- Waterfall at Le