Garden overlooking the sea

This little island off the east coast of Cotentin is a garden overlooking the sea, with the contrasting rugged granite and soft breezes. This small 28-hectare island with so much to discover can be accessed on foot or on an amphibious vehicle, depending on the tides. The island is a great location for bird watching and more than 150 species of bird can be seen here all year round.

Today, Tatihou has become one of the must-sees of Normandy. It is perfectly located in the harbour of Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue, and bears witness to 300 years of history that has seen military events, and been used for scientific, educational and cultural purposes.

The Battle of La Hougue took place here in 1692, sailors were sent here to quarantine between 1722 and 1860, and it was one of the very first maritime stations for the Museum of Natural History at the end of the 19th century.

Tatihou wouldn’t be as fascinating without its tower, built in 1694 after the Battle of Barfleur.