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Camping Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Which destination in the Cotentin combines heritage, architecture, seaside and outdoor activities on land or at sea? Several places come to mind, of course, but here we’re turning the spotlight on Cherbourg, the pearl of the Cotentin. So without further delay, let’s discover this lovely town turned resolutely towards the sea.

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Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, the ideal holiday destination!

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin is a haven of peace nestled between the rolling green countryside so typical of Normandy and the vast blue sea of the English Channel. And what is so great is that you can discover the city any way you please! Whether you’re interested in nature, art, architecture or the sea, take your pick and give into the charm of this town of art and history, between countryside and coast. 

And for somewhere to stay while you explore the lovely Cotentin region, nothing beats a Sandaya campsite with its amenities and services designed just for you. Comfortable accommodation to suit everyone, a water park, free children’s clubs, sports grounds... the ultimate camping experience awaits with Sandaya!

Visit Cherbourg-en-Cotentin with the family

The ideal destination for a family outing, la Cité de la Mer maritime museum is housed in a former transatlantic station that is an Art Deco masterpiece, and it will astound the whole family. Visitors of every age will learn more about the history of people and the sea in films, exhibitions and some priceless exhibits. A highlight of your visit will no doubt be the audio-guided visit of the Le Redoutable submarine. An unmissable experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world!

After that, head for the sea for the rest of your family outing in Cherbourg. The Cotentin is the ideal place to enjoy water-based activities such as canoeing, sand yachting, kite surfing or surfing. Choose your favourite vessel and hit the waves! During the high tides, deck out your gang with fishing nets and boots and take them shore fishing on foot, humming “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!” as you go!

Visit Cherbourg-en-Cotentin as a couple

Couples can enjoy a romantic visit of Cherbourg as they take in its art and culture. The Thomas Henry Museum and its 400 paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 20th century will embark you on a unique and surprising journey while the Natural History and Ethnography Museum, set amid a magnificent botanical garden, will provide a fascinating discovery of the five continents. 

Later, the athletic couples among you can pull on your walking shoes and prepare your backpack, ready to set off on a lovely hike along the Customs Path. Tackle a portion of the well-known GR 223 trail, starting from Cherbourg, and marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the Normandy coast. An outdoor activity that will do body and soul a world of good!

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Did you know? Cherbourg’s artificial harbour is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world with a surface area of 1,500 hectares!

Astronauts and other space enthusiasts will be sure to visit the Ludiver Planetarium. The whole family will come away star-struck and with a head full of dreams!

A perfect place for a romantic stroll, the Château des Ravalet and its grounds made up of both French and English gardens will provide the backdrop for an exquisite interlude with your beloved.

Film buffs and other curious tourists will make their way to the Manufacture de Parapluies, the local umbrella factory, where they can learn all about the production of this essential accessory that enjoyed the limelight in Jacques Demy’s film.

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