Listed below are places nearby, many on the picturesque Normandy coast, that you might also
like to consider visiting while you are on the Cotentin peninsula, north western France.
Places nearby on the Cotentin Peninsula
Other houses and gardens
Other houses and gardens nearby are:
The botanical garden of the Chateau de Vauville (site in French), Vauville (about 20 mins. by car from the
Chateau of Nacqueville).
Quite close to Vauville is the
House of Jacques Prévert (in French) and the Garden of Jacques Prévert, a celebrated
french playwright and poet of the last century. The house and garden are at
Omonville-la-Petite, Cap de La Hague, (about 20 mins. by car).
Links are to
sites in English, where available.
The Manoir of Dur Ecu (in French) lies just outside Urville-Nacqueville (about 5 mins. by car from the Chateau of Nacqueville).
The Chateau des Ravalet and its park is at Tourlaville, on the eastern side
There are a number of other
botanical and other gardens
Other places nearby
a small picturesque village, with stone foot bridges over the streams running
through it. A small nature reserve (in French) can be found nearby, with views over to the
Channel Islands. A cafe-restaurant lies in the centre of the village - see below.
Cap de La
Hague, the top left corner of the Cotentin peninsula (30 minutes from the Château
and Park of Nacqueville) has many scenic coastal areas and paths (see Alternative activities,
Voted the Second
Merveille de La Manche and classed as an Historic Monument, the
massive Vauban fort on the island of Tatihou defended the port of St.
Vaast-la-Hougue from 1694. It is reached by
Just to the north is the
pretty fishing port of Barfleur (in French), overseen 2 kms. to the north by one of the
highest lighthouses in the world at the Pointe de Barfleur.
The region's capital in
the Middle Ages was Bricquebec (in French) which lies
in the centre of the Cotentin.
Places further away
An outpost of the UK,
though each is largely self-governing, the Channel Islands lie just off the French
coast to the west and can be reached by Manches Iles Express (from Diélette,
Barneville-Carteret or Granville) or by Condor Ferries' fast ferry
service (from St. Malo, about 30 mins. to Jersey). Flights from France operate from
Dinard, near St. Malo.
Utah beach, one of the
principal D-day landing beaches, and its museum can be found in the
south-eastern corner of the peninsula, about 40 minutes drive away. Omaha, Gold and Juno
beaches, which stretch eastwards towards le Havre along the north-facing Normandy coast, were
the other springboards for the counter-offensive that led to the end of the Second World War
The history and
background of Mont St. Michel, a Benedictine Abbey, is described on this religious
site as "unquestionably
the finest example both of French medieval architecture and of a fortified abbey". The
spectacular monastery on its rocky mount 1 mile from the shore has an informative page on the
Normandy tourist office website (with an aerial video tour).
The invasion of England
by William the Conqueror in 1066 is depicted on the 70 metre long Bayeux tapestry,
a description of which can be found here. On the site,
links take you to views of the tapestry.
For a break from seeing houses, gardens, churches, etc., here are a few
Many stunning sea views
and interesting sea-shore walks can be found at Cap de la Hague. The map also
traces the coastal path known as "Sentier des Douaniers" (Path of the Customs
Officers) around the spectacular rocky headland with its sandy coves.
Cherbourg boasts the
largest man-made harbour in the world. The massive breakwater was started in 1776.
Florence's ancestors, Hildevert Hersent and his sons contributed to its development between
1908 and 1923 building additional breakwaters, a dry dock and a pier in the inner harbour.
For an indoor
activity, why not visit the old transatlantic liner terminal which now houses the
Cité de la Mer. The exhibition
boasts a submarine, and explores man's activities in the oceans.
Places to eat
In France there are always many excellent places to eat or to buy food, but
they can be hidden away.
We enjoyed a meal at
La Renardière, Vauville (see Other
places nearby, above). Open year round for lunch during the week, it can be busy.
During the summer months, it is also open on weekends.
One sunday, having got to La Renardière too late, we found this local shop just before it,
too, closed for lunch:
The boulangerie in
Urville-Nacqueville, on the D45 near the pretty central "place". It has a
mouth-watering selection of boulangerie and patisserie (as, admittedly, do many other similar