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An astonishingly diverse landscape bordered by 470 kilometres of coastline: vast sandy beaches, rocky headlands...
The ideal environment for swimming, walking, fishing and wind & sea sports.
89 sites identified by the Conservatoire du Littoral (coastal protection agency)



From Honfleur in Calvados to the Mont-Saint-Michel in Manche, Normandy's 470 kilometre coastline is one of its most lively and popular assets, offering an astonishing variety of landscapes: vast sandy beaches, rocky headlands...
Today, a great number of French and foreign tourists visit the Normandy coast each year, enjoying its charming coastal towns and villages from family resorts to in vogue destinations alike.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES
Over and above simply swimming, the coast also offers the opportunity to enjoy many wind and sea sports (sand sailing, skimboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, fishing, sailing...). One of Normandy's trump cards is the presence of its 30 marinas, providing some 9,652 berths.
Many a pleasant evening can be spent in the region's resort towns, a number of them offering casinos overlooking the seafront (slot machines, boule, blackjack, French or English roulette, craps, stud poker...) and comprising bars, restaurants and discotheques to enjoy till dawn.

For walking and hiking enthusiasts, Normandy's coast offers a profusion of marked paths.

Thalassotherapy centres in Deauville, Luc-sur-Mer, Ouistreham and Granville offer tailored packages for care and thermal cure.


ARCHITECTURE AND HERITAGE
Resort architecture is a style in its own right. Normandy's coastline has succeeded in preserving some fine examples: chalets, villas, Louis 13th style villas, Neo Norman or Neo Mauresque style villas, all of them quite audacious, any style was permitted.
The coastal villas built in the early 20th Century were often extravagant, enhanced with bow windows, roof crests, finials, balconies and cornices.

The "Marvel of the Western world", the Mont-Saint-Michel dominates the heart of an immense bay braving Europe's highest spring tides. Recognised in 1979 by UNESCO as "World Heritage", this prestigious tourist site attracts over 3 million visitors each year. In 2006, a network of Vauban fortifications was set up in support of a request for recognition as "World Heritage" by UNESCO, and including the Tatihou and Hougue towers. A similar request has been made concerning the Port Winston artificial harbour in Arromanches.


ENVIRONMENT
Natural riches: estuaries (the River Touques, the Orne, the Vire, the Dives, the Sélune and the Douve), two internationally renowned wetlands, the first of which is the Marais du Cotentin (Cotentin peninsula marshlands) stretching virtually from the coast on the western border to the Vey Bay on the eastern border, the second being the Mont-Saint-Michel - Parc Naturel Régional (Regional Natural Park) du Marais, du Cotentin et du Bessin, Mont-Saint-Michel Bay. 89 remarkable sites have been identified by the Conservatoire du Littoral – Normandie (www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr) (coastal protection agency).







  • Hôtel et tour Vauban de l'île de Tatihou
  • Littoral
  • Roches
  • Mer
  • Pointe rocheuse du nez-de-Jobourg