Located 500m from the campsite, the town of Barfleur invites you to discover its history (William the Conqueror, the Sainte-Catherine court, etc.), its patrimony (church, chapel, etc.) and its art and craft industry (pottery, etc.) through a discovery tour.
Located 3.5km from the campsite on the GR223, the Gatteville lighthouse is the second highest lighthouse in France and the third in Europe.
It is 74.5 metres high. It has a range of 29 nautical miles.
The lighthouse architects had fun installing a staircase with 365 steps, the number of calendar days in a year. There are also 52 windows. A reference to the number of weeks in a year. The staircase also has 12 landings which make up the months of a year.
Located 12km south of Barfleur, Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue has two monuments built on the plans of Sébastien le Prestre, the Marquis of Vauban in 1695. The construction of the two towers was supervised by his student Benjamin de Combes. They are 3 km apart and their firepower is crossed with the battery located near the sailors’ chapel to protect the port of Saint-Vaast from invasion following the Battle of La Hougue.
Gosselin's fine grocery shop
Since 1889 in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, the Gosselin delicatessen has stayed loyal to its tradition of excellent products.
Quality is the competence of the specialist and the relevance of his advice. It is the constant concern to offer the same guarantee for all products, from the most modest to the rarest.
Here, the greatest care is taken in the selection and presentation of the products and reflects a true celebration of the “Art de la Table“.
Its reputation is its spirit, so let yourself be guided along the shelves to discover the activities and traditions of this unique place that has become an institution. Enjoy your discovery!
Do not hesitate to visit their website for more information.
Marie Ravenel's water mill
A family place, located 10 km from the campsite, where you can watch the baker at work, learn how to bake your own bread, buy local specialities, enjoy guided tours and entertainment, experience a 1950s classroom, go for a walk and have a picnic.
Saint-Martin Animal Park
Created in 1983 in the heart of the Normandy bocage, the Montaigu La Brisette animal park welcomes you in a wooded and natural area.
A multitude of animals from the 5 continents will join you for a great walk in a 15 hectare park bordered by magnificent ponds.
You will meet 45 species of animals including wolves, zebras, lemurs, baboons and many other wild and domestic species.
La cité de la mer
A theme park, located 30km from the campsite, for young and older people dedicated to the underwater world and its exploration. You should allow at least half a day’s visit to take advantage of the various areas of the oceanographic museum: diving equipment, visit to the submarine Le Redoutable, exhibitions, aquariums, etc.
The landing beaches
The only beach in La Manche dedicated to the D-Day landings is Utah Beach, at 35 km from the campsite.
The first beach to be stormed by the Allies on the morning of 6 June 1944, Utah Beach was chosen to establish a beachhead in the Cotentin region in order to take the town of Cherbourg and its deep water port.
At the end of the day, more than 23,000 American soldiers landed to fight a huge battle and liberate France.
The Utah Beach Landing Museum preserves the memory of these men.
To see and do a little more away
- The View from the belvedere of La Pernelle, a panoramic view from Gatteville to Saint Vaast la Hougue.
- The waterfalls of Le Vast, a magical place in the middle of the Normandy bocage.
- The castle of Bricquebec, Valognes and Saint Sauveur le Vicomte. Remains of 2000 years of history, medieval castles, ruins of Gallic villages, private mansions.
- Come and enjoy nature thanks to 223 hectares of state-owned forest in Saint Sauveur le Vicomte with a landscaped arboretum.
- The Cap de la Hague, the customs path, a wild coastline that gives the impression of being somewhere else.
- Sainte Mère Église and the D-Day landing beaches, which give you an appointment with history.