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Exploring Normandy

Discover Normandy during your next campsite holiday, a dynamic region where life is good. Facing the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey), the coastline is bordered by vast stretches of sand, fabulous beaches where the air is pure and clean and the landscape has retained its wild beauty. Both nature and culture are incredibly rich and varied on this Normandy peninsula called the Cotentin.

Make the most of your stay in Normandy to explore the town of Cherbourg and its museums, only 40 km north of Barneville. The Cité de la Mer with aquariums, submarines and scale models is certain to keep the family fascinated all day long.

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An exceptional site! Cape Carteret is one of the many Cotentin headlands, facing across to Jersey and the little rocky islands of the Ecréhous. With its marina and Channel Island ferry port, Barneville-Carteret is one of France's oldest coastal resorts. Cliffs, a lighthouse, dunes planted with majestic male ferns and long golden beaches stretching away to the south, together they set the scene for the perfect holiday.

More information: www.barneville-carteret.fr

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The Channel Islands

Welcome to the Channel Islands! A little corner of Great Britain just a few miles from Normandy. Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney, neither French nor totally English they are a world apart, exotic and completely fascinating. The islands are almost entirely independent, so don't forget that all shopping is duty free! For those in search of adventure, try an introductory flying lesson with the Jersey Aero Club and take the controls of a Piper Cherokee as you head for the coast.

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Tatihou Island

Boots ready? You can walk across to the island at low tide! In the centre of the Saint Vaast la Hougue Bay, Tatihou Island is a natural paradise covering some 28 hectares and accessible by causeway at low tide. The name Tatihou is Viking in origin, testifying to their presence along the Normandy coastline in the 9th century. A haven for seabirds, the island also offers a maritime museum, a fort and ramparts designed by Vauban and a summer music festival. When visiting the island don't forget to look up, the schist-tiled roofs and granite walls all add to the splendour of the island's buildings.

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The port of Cherbourg is just 30 minutes from the campsite. Not only a major ferry port, it is also home to an active fishing fleet and a marina. Offering the largest roadstead in the world, the sea naturally beckons. The Cité de la Mer is definitely not to be missed! Discover the ocean depths and the fabulous adventure of their exploration, the breathtaking 11 metre Abyssal Aquarium and the submarine "Le Redoutable". All aboard!

More information: www.citedelamer.com/en/

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For the French it's a no-contest, Mont-Saint-Michel is their favourite monument!  With 1,300 years of history, it is a real must-visit, but remember to keep an eye on the tides. Sitting on its rocky island in the midst of a superb bay, young and old never fail to fall under its charm. The Mont and its bay are simply breathtaking, and a UNESCO heritage site since 1979.

More information: en.normandie-tourisme.fr

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D-Day beaches

Just an hour's drive from the campsite, the Utah, Omaha, Sword and Juno Beaches take you back to the middle of the 20th century. A trip to the D-Day beaches is an open invitation to reflect on that dramatic time, through the visitor trails, museums and commemorative monuments. The village of Sainte Mère l'Eglise lies only 40 km away.

Explore the Pointe du Hoc at Cricqueville-en-Bessin, a narrow Normandy headland with cliffs towering 25 to 30 metres above the waves. An exceptional site where the concrete bunkers remain almost intact and its crater-riddled grass bears witness to the ferocity of the battle. Or take a moment to enjoy its pebble beach, perfect for a walk with family or friends.

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The Alligator Bay wildlife park

Close to the Yelloh! Village Les Vikings, Alligator Bay lies at the foot of Mont-Saint-Michel. With more than 200 alligators and crocodiles in a skilfully recreated natural environment, the park makes a captivating visit for all ages. Awaken the adventurer in you as you guide your family across hanging bridges, precarious pontoons and visit the trappers' mysterious huts. Alligator Bay is also a labyrinth brimming with boas, iguanas, chameleons and the infamous Komodo dragons. Then enjoying petting the tortoises from the Seychelles and Africa.

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Mouth-watering treats

And how about taking the kids to visit a biscuit factory? Petits Fours Financiers, Palets Normands, Cakes aux Raisins, Galettes Normandes, Langues de Chat, Palets Fin aux Amandes. Just a few of the fabulous biscuits for which Normandy is renowned, making a trip to the Maison du Biscuit a truly indulgent pleasure. Then see how sweet Normandy cider is made by visiting the local ciderhouses and orchards, where the makers will be delighted to share their secrets. And of course there’s also Normandy cream and cheese, such as the world-famous Camembert and lesser-known Livarot. All in all, Normandy is a true delight for all those who enjoy the good things in life!  

Your camping holiday in lower Normandy

Discover the department of Basse Normandie and its cultural, historical and architectural heritage!

Given its geographical position on the English Channel, the department has always occupied a strategic situation. After having pillaged the Western coasts, the Vikings decided to settle here and build their villages, before continuing their invasion. It also saw William the Conqueror sail for England and change the course of history in 1066. More recently, its beaches were the scene of the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, when the Battle of Normandy became a crucial turning point in the Second World War. Throughout time, each of the different cultures that passed through or settled in Basse Normandie left their own legacy for today’s visitors to enjoy.

It was a land of inspiration for those great builders in the Middle Ages as the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, Coutances Cathedral and the Château de Carrouges testify to this day. This was where the famous Bayeux tapestries were made, works of art in their own right.

Take a trip to Deauville during your camping holiday in Basse Normandie, an elegant seaside resort with an international reputation. Stroll along the seafront on its famous timber Planches, before trying your luck at the casino...

Indulge all your senses with the sublime gastronomy of the region, home to a rich, generous cuisine. The seafood platter, with produce freshly caught that morning, is just one of its many delights. For dessert, discover a typically Norman dish, the Teurgoule. A delicious slow-cooked rice pudding with milk and cinnamon, perfect washed down with a glass of local cider!

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