The beautiful Lindbergh beach is the ideal starting point for your walks and strolls. Here the natural surroundings come in every shape and size :
Dunes, beaches with fine sand, bays, havens, caps, cliffs lay before you.
You will be amazed by the Cotentin’s ever-changing light and scenery with the turn of the tide and passing seasons.
There is a wide range of walking trails like the GR223, coastal footpaths, or even La Hague, a ntotious smuggling spot for the French and the English between the 17th and 19th centuries, with its 250 km of marked trails.
The fact that the sea is nearby enables you to do watersports:
In Portbail or Barneville-Carteret, you will be able to go:
Sailing, sand yachting, paddle, kite surfing, surfing, canoeing and kayaking, and sea rowing amongst others.
More sports activities include horse-riding, tennis, golf, ultralight flights, cycling (bike rentals are available in Portbail)
You will also be able to enjoy sailing on a tall ship (La Neire Mâove) or cross over to the archipelago of Chausey and The Ecrehous or the Channel islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney.
The Cotentin is a historical land of castles (Bricquebec, Saint Sauveur Le Vicomte, Crosville sur Douve, Pirou), manor houses and mansions (Valognes or “the Norman Versailles”), churches, cathedrals and abbeys (Canville la Rocque, Portbail, Coutances, the Mont Saint Michel Abbey…), but also windmills (Fierville les mines), forts (the Napoleonic Fort of Cap Lévi, Fort Vauban on the island of Tatihou, classed as a Unesco world heritage site), lighthouses (Gatteville with its 365 steps), ports and picturesque villages.
You will also be able to discover the Normandy landing beaches and their museums (Utah beach, Sainte mère Eglise, Saint Côme du mont).
Music festivals take place every year (Jazz sous les Pommiers, Les Traverses Tatihou, Jazz en Baie). The lights, colours and tranquility of the Cotentin have inspired many artists whose museums you will be able to visit (Jean-françois Millet, Jacques Prévert) and there are many other places to visit…the must-see Mont Saint Michel and its marvelous walks across the bay.
The Cotentin Peninsula benefits from a micro climate because of the Gulf Stream. Forever green, you will be surprised to find a rich variety of and even exotic flora. Several gardens and parks belonging to remarkable castles open their doors to you (Vauville, a tribute garden to Jacques Prévert, les Ravalets …)
The Norman gastronomy is particularly rich and varied.
With products of the sea (Fishes and Shellfish); and products of the ground: the lamb of salty meadows, the products of truck farming (carrots and leeks of Créances), the typical milky products (butter and cream of isigny, camembert cheese, pont-l'Evêque, livarot) and the famous teurgoule (rice in the good slowly cooked milk of Normandy in the wood fire). Without forgetting the apples under all its forms (cider, Pommeau, Calvados) .
For the greedy, the house of the biscuit, cookie factory at Quinéville, has a wide range of local specialities.
You will find all the local products on the stalls of the weekly markets, in grocer's shops and on the tables of restaurants.
Markets are held every morning from 8 am till 1 pm every day:
On Monday Briquebec ( charming typical market)
On Tuesday Portbail (in 3 km with numerous producers)
On Wednesday La Haye du Puits (in a village very trading)
On Thursday Carteret (in summer with possibility of going by taking the tourist train of the 30s from Portbail there) On Friday Valognes (in the heart of the city)
On Saturday Barneville-village
On Sunday Agon-Coutainville, Denneville (in summer) You will find products of local producers in organic farming there.