10 unmissable highlights on the Northern French coast

  • Cliffs of Etretat

    Cliffs of Etretat

    © Atout France/Fabrice Milochau

  • Nausicaa

    Nausicaa

    © Pas de Calais Tourisme

  • The Mont Saint-Michel

    The Mont Saint-Michel

    © ATOUT FRANCE Robert Palomba

  • Somme bay

    Somme bay

    © ADRT80 - CP

10 unmissable highlights on the Northern French coast 76600 Le Havre fr
  1. Explore the Remembrance Trails of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais coast, the logistics base for Allied troops during the First World War, and the D-Day landing beaches along the Cotentin coast, the setting for one of the major events of the Second World War.

  2. Enjoy a tour of Nausicaa, the National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer, opened 20 years ago and home to 35,000 animals and 5,000m² of exhibition space.

  3. Contemplate the Somme bay, grazed by salt meadow sheep and home to a population of seals.

  4. Admire the Etretat cliffs, famous for their arches, needles and pinnacles which will take your breath away.

  5. Discover Le Havre and its architecture, rebuilt after the war by Auguste Perret and the first urban landscape in Europe to be listed by UNESCO in the 20th century.

  6. In Deauville, you can feel like a film star by strolling over the famous « Planches » that run along the seafront and then lose yourself while admiring the sumptuous Anglo-Norman villas.

  7. Scale Mont Saint-Michel, an important place of pilgrimage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

  8. Climb the 360 steps of the Phare de l’Île Vierge in Finistère, a lighthouse which is a listed national monument and the highest in Europe, rising to 82m above the waves!

  9. Visit the Lorient submarine base, built during the Second World War by the Germans and now home to the Cité de la Voile, a museum dedicated to sailing and the French yachtsman Eric Tabarly.

  10. Take a journey back in time at the Carnac alignments near the Gulf of Morbihan, the world’s largest group of megaliths and a key site in European prehistory.

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