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At the beach; Among nature; Near water
Morsalines, former fishing village, lies in the Bay of Saint Vaast la Hougue, facing the fort of La Hougue, a Unesco World Heritage monument, and the island of Tatihou. In the extreme north of the Cotentin peninsula, Morsalines is the most northern town of the Cotentin Regional Natural Park.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Tatihou Island. 7 km. Just off the coast from the little port of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, an inhabited and fortified island with maritime museum. Also a paradise for nature lovers and in particular birdwatchers.
St Vaast la Hougue. 7 km. Fishing harbour renowned for its oyster production and popular seaside resort with marina.
Barfleur. 12 km. Attractive and unspoilt little seaside resort and active fishing port.
Valognes. 20 km. Market town at the heart of the Cotentin Peninsula with Gallo-Romain ruins, 11th-18th century churches and 18th century private mansions when Valognes was the Versailles of Normandy.
THINGS TO DO:
Golf de Cherbourg, La Glacerie. 25 km. Golf course. 9 holes Par 72 - 5780m. A beautiful course on the heights of Cherbourg with tree-lined and narrow fairways and small well-protected greens.
Forest Adventure en Cotentin, St Sauveur le Vicomte. 35 km. Tree top adventure park. At the heart of the forest, in the Marais du Cotentin and Bessin National Park, many trails offering adventures from tree to tree, with zip lines, nets, walkways and bridges. Different courses, tailored to the levels and tastes of all, for both adults and children. Night courses also available but by reservation only.
Chateau de Pirou. 65 km. Beautiful little castle, thought to be the oldest in Normandy, dating back to the earliest Viking raids.
Ste Mère Eglise. 25 km. First town to be liberated after the D-Day landings hosting athe Airborne Troops Museum with memorabilia of the time.
Cherbourg. 30 km. Lively city with many shops, restaurants and bars. Not to miss, the Cité de la Mer showing the many facets of underwater exploration with human adventure as its main theme. It includes the "Redoutable", a former French Navy submarine, now a museum and the largest submarine in the world open to the public.
Coutances. 75 km. Old hill town overlooked by its stunning half-gothic half-Norman cathedral. No to miss on Summer evenings when a sound and light show makes the most of this dramatic building.
Bayeux. 80 km. Attractive town with well-preserved medieval centre and a renowned cathedral. Also famous for its tapestry depicting the story of the conquest of England and King Harold by the Norman William the Conqueror, in the Battle of Hastings. D-Day landings memorial museum.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Low cost flights from UK to Rennes (3 hrs).
Ferries to Cherbourg (40mn) and Caen (1 hr 45mn).