Best places to visit in Cherbourg, France

Plage de Collignon, Cherbourg, France – review

Paradise on the French coast With a view on La Manche Great place for photo shoots and just to relax your soul…And it doesn’t matter anymore that you are in a jacket and two sweaters

Until recently the maximal beach I could afford was Bezlyudovsky beach in our Kharkov region. But here came a time when I purely by chance found myself in such, a beautiful place.

I was passing through Cherbourg, I had to stay in a hotel for three days. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of people in this port town right now waiting for their free ferry to Ireland. Since Red Cross put us 40 minutes from the beach, it was a shame not to go see La Manche.

It wasn’t that long ago, in late May. I didn’t want to take off my cold jacket. Some locals, I saw, were walking and running around in shorts, but for me it was just unreal.

A little about the weather in Cherbourg.

Winters are long, very cold, wet and very windy;

variable cloudiness throughout the year.

Throughout the year, temperatures usually range from 4°C to 20°C and are rarely below -0°C or above 24°C.

The best time of year to visit Cherbourg-Octeville for a warm-weather vacation is from late June to early September.

Finding your way to the beach in an unfamiliar city is not difficult. All you have to do is type the name into chudo-software and off you go. The streets of Cherbourg have signs everywhere, so in principle you can find your way even without a map.

The path from our hotel was picturesque:

Narrow streets, pretty houses, smiling Frenchmen in the yards.

And, of course, the view of La Mancha.

On the way you can even see a map of all of Cherbourg.

Not many people seem to walk along the side of the highway except us. Whatever.

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Entrance to the beach and the entrance is free. In contrast to some of our Kharkiv beaches).

Not to say that all is well equipped, but in general not bad. Clean, no trash lying around.

Come closer, enjoy the views.

Places to sit not so much, but people are not in the “hot season” too.

The beach is part stone, part sand, there is an asphalt road.

Pebbles are very beautiful, and want to take home. As in the childhood. But, given the unbearable luggage, had to abandon this venture.

In addition to the benches, there are tables like this:

If I knew how to pose, then I might have had more interesting photos, but that’s what it is.

In general, it’s a good place for photo shoots, if you ask me.

Even when it’s cloudy.

When the sun shines on the water, it becomes a very beautiful color, but I have not managed to capture this color.

But in general, when the weather is overcast the water is the usual blue.

Live, of course, everything is even more beautiful than on the photo.

You can warm your ass on the stones heated by the sun. Or freeze, depending on the weather.

We went to the beach every day, and all the time it was windy.

All you have to do is brush your hair).

I never heard the smell of the ocean, but it’s probably there. And I had either an OB or a corona. But my mom said she could smell it.

The beach is clean, no dead fish or stinky algae with flies. Like in some of our resort towns)

I don’t know if it would have been warm enough here for me to just lie down and sunbathe, I guess not. I was cold in the summer on our domestic beaches, too.

At one point there’s a descent to the water like this:

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This is such a beauty:

The beach is not very crowded, at least in May. Here you can find locals strolling, people with dogs, athletes. But the masses of vacationers and tourists are not here at this time. I do not know how it is at other times.

The beach itself is quite small in size, I think it can be covered in 10 minutes.

You can also swim in all kinds of interesting vehicles.

Some of them are wrapped in seaweed.

And it looks so beautiful.

In fact, I was sorry to leave so early. Or rather, to sail away. But Dublin was waiting for me, so I had to.

Certainly I recommend visiting this place if you are in Cherbourg. It’s very beautiful here, although it’s not the beach that many people are used to, with the heat and hot corn. Plage de Collignon is a place to rest your soul, enjoy nature, and think about things.

Best places to visit in Cherbourg, France

Located in the north of France, this town is ideal for discovering the charm of Normandy, its traditions and local specialties. Its location between land and sea will captivate you with its botanical heritage, diverse history and monuments. Take a walk through the historic center, trace the stages of World War II by discovering the beaches of the Allied landings. And don’t forget to rely on our guidebooks to travel around and be enchanted by Mont Saint-Michel .


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A Gaulish fishing port which, thanks to the Romans, became a stronghold on the tip of the Cotentin, Cherbourg was a strategic location during the Hundred Years’ War. Its growth was exponential when it decided to create an artificial port, build a dam, and create a military port. A staging post for transatlantic liners in the first half of the 1900s (the Titanic also made its tragic maiden voyage), Cherbourg was an important hub for American troops during the Normandy landings of 1944.

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Holy Trinity Basilica

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Holy Trinity Basilica

The Basilica is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. It was built in the 15th century on the ruins of an ancient church destroyed during the Hundred Years’ War. Admire the outside before entering, and then once inside, stop to discover the bas-reliefs in the nave, particularly the “dance of death,” which represents the devastation of the great plague to which Cherbourg fell victim . Its organ is also worth seeing (and listening to, if you can attend a concert).

Hotel de Ville and Henry Museum

The Hotel de Ville is a very elaborate palace, built in the 18th century. It is a simple building to which a neoclassical wing was added in 1850. The town hall has two main buildings, one facing the Place d’Armes and the other on Rue de la Paix. The first one houses the offices and the guardhouse on the first floor. Also on the first floor is the council chamber and the Henry Museum. In the second you can admire the museum of antiques.

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Hotel de Ville and the Henry Museum

The third fine art museum in Normandy and for the richness of its collections, the Thomas Henry Museum brings together an exceptional collection of more than 400 paintings and sculptures from the 15th through 19th centuries . Re-opened in 2016 after more than 4 years of work, the museum offers a themed itinerary in a redesigned and colored space to enhance the works on view. Along with the important collection of Jean-François Millet, a local artist, the donation by Thomas Henri (collector and patron) offers prints, a study room, views of Cherbourg and its surroundings, and temporary exhibitions.

Equestrian Statue of Napoleon Bonaparte

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Equestrian Statue of Napoleon Bonaparte

Next to the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, across the avenue, you will find a statue of Napoleon I, the coat of arms of Cherbourg and a meeting place for all residents. Built in 1858, it represents the emperor on horseback with his arm turned toward England. On the base of the statue can be read the inscription, “I have decided to renew the wonders of Egypt at Cherbourg.”

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Cité de la Mer

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Cité de la Mer.

In a former transatlantic ferry terminal, an Art Deco masterpiece that saw millions of passengers sail to the New World in the 20th century, the Cit de la Mer traces the great history that has linked humanity to the sea since 2002. The place attempts to introduce visitors to the richness of the seabed and teach them the great epics that led to exceptional discoveries, with the submarine Le Redoutable and the space “Titanic, Return to Cherbourg”. offering to relive the passage of the ship that stopped at Cherbourg. This remarkable maritime museum will be an unforgettable stop.

Le Redoutable

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Le Redoutable

One of the highlights of your visit to the Cité de la Mer is the nuclear submarine which you can discover on a real tour. An audio guide will allow you to learn about the history of this nearly 150-meter “monster,” capable of carrying more than 150 people, a nuclear reactor and 16 strategic missiles. The route takes you through a corridor framing the missile silos and the control center, where you can sit in place of the helmsmen.

The Great Raid

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The Great Raid.

This is one of the most ambitious works of the Enlightenment: it is a 4 km bastion built into the sea, with no connection with the shore. Interrupted during the Revolution, work was resumed under Napoleon, who ordered the construction of a military port. It was not until 1853 that the central dam was completed. Cherbourg is home to the largest artificial port in the world: construction was begun by Louis XVI, continued by Napoleon and completed in the early 19th century. Levees and forts were built there, originally to protect against British attacks.

Fort du Roulle

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Fort du Roule

Fort du Roule is a complex of French and German fortifications built in the 19th and 20th centuries on Mount Roule. The first fortifications were built in 1793 to protect the bay from British attacks. The present fort atop the mountain was built between 1853 and 1857 under Napoleon III. In 1928, the Navy built extensive tunnels beneath it for use as an equipment depot. During World War II, other tunnels were built and posts for cannon and artillery were established. The fort was captured after fierce fighting by the United States Army on June 26, 1944.

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The gardens of the Château de Ravalet

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The gardens of the Château de Ravalais

A few kilometers from Cherbourg, in the surrounding hills, stands a beautiful blue slate residence. The Renaissance Château of Ravalet was built by Jean Ravalet in the 16th century. Restored in the 19th century, it acquired the look we know today with its 17 hectare park, which elegantly combines French and English gardens classified as monuments of historical interest.

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