This is one of the must-sees of Cotentin, thanks to the two Vauban towers, treasures of UNESCO World Heritage, built to protect Cotentin from English invasions, after the Battle of La Hougue in 1692. One of them is on the mainland, the Fort de la Hougue, and its twin in on Ile Tatihou.

Admire the maritime heritage from the seawalls. Lose yourself in the narrow streets, wander along the harbour, watch fishermen bringing in their fish and shellfish, enjoy some excellent oysters with a nutty taste, produced locally from the most ancient oyster basin in Normandy.


In the midst of the blue shades of the bay, discover the charming little island of Tatihou, accessible on an amphibious vehicle at high tide, from Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue.

Ile Tatihou

Take a tour of the maritime garden and discover some exotic species. Not far from there, journey back in time at the Musée Maritime, where you can learn all about the Battle of La Hougue, and see some other collections related to the history of this coastline.

There is also a bird reserve on Tatihou island.