10 unmissable highlights on the Northern French coast
10 unmissable highlights on the Northern French coast 76600 Le Havre fr
- 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.
- 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.
- Contemplate the Somme bay, grazed by salt meadow sheep and home to a population of seals.
- Admire the Etretat cliffs, famous for their arches, needles and pinnacles which will take your breath away.
- 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.
- 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.
- Scale Mont Saint-Michel, an important place of pilgrimage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.