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Cherbourg-en-Cotentin ?

It is a port city located in the Manche department and more precisely in the Normandy region. If you are not yet familiar with this part of north-western France, located in the Cotentin peninsula and often unknown to the general public, then we will help you discover this beautiful region and its heritage…

The Cherbourgeois people

80 076 habitants

A map of the 5 municipalities

A grouping of 5 municipalities:

Cherbourg-Octeville, Équeurdreville-Hainneville, La Glacerie, Querqueville and Tourlaville.


A maritime world:

The town of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin has 5 ports (pleasure boating, fishing, commercial, cruise and military) and is equipped with the 2nd largest artificial harbour in the world.

A map of the 5 municipalities

A variety of places
to set foot in the water:

more than 15 beaches in the vicinity of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin: Collignon, Urville-Nacqueville, Sciotot, the Baie d’Ecalgrain…


A diverse local culture within the city itself: theatres, concerts, museums ...

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin offers activities to do on your own or with your family. Indeed, the city is equipped with cultural facilities such as the Trident, a national stage with an Italian-style theatre, the Théâtre de la Butte and the Vox, a performance hall.

The Espace Cultures l’Agora complex hosts numerous concerts throughout the year. The Jacques-Prévert municipal library has one of the largest collections in the region.

On the museum side, in the town centre, there is the Thomas-Henry art museum where many collections of works are on display such as those of Jean-François Millet, Fra Angelico, Lippi, Jordaens, Chardin… One should not forget also the Liberation Museum located in the Fort du Roule.

The Cité de la Mer


One of the main attractions of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin remains the Cité de la Mer, a maritime museum where you can discover various aquariums. Several marine species can be found there in a playful and scientific setting, with a visit to the submarine “le Redoutable”. Several activities are offered as well as an area dedicated to the Titanic, which made its last continental stopover in Cherbourg in 1912.

View of an aquarium
Photo of a cove of Cotentin

A coastline to stroll along and pretty spots to visit

Previously, the Cotentin was a peninsula separated from Normandy and became a peninsula thanks to the control of sea currents. This is the reason why the Cotentin is surrounded by water.

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin is situated 20 minutes from Cap de la Hague and its magnificent landscapes. By car, by bike or on foot, you can come and discover the secrets of this pretty corner of nature lost between land and sea.

The coastal path, more commonly known as the “sentier des Douaniers”, allows you to walk along the Cotentin coast for almost 300 km, passing through the Nez de Jobourg, Goury or Landemer. You will be surprised by this lush nature and its breathtakingly steep landscapes.

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You can also decide to take a walk in the Val de Saire and discover small typical villages with bucolic charm. From l’Anse du Brick to Ile Tatihou, with stopovers in Fermanville and Barfleur, tens of kilometres of scenery await you.

In 2019,
the commune of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue was elected the favourite village of the French.


Leisure activities: Do you prefer relaxation or sports activities? A choice for all tastes and desires

In the air, on the sea or on land… Come and initiate or continue the practice of various sports activities and discover the fun and cultural attractions offered in the surroundings of Cherbourg.

View of a coastal town from a paraglider

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A deep historical heritage in Normandy

Normandy was the scene of historic moments such as the D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The landing beaches symbolise this regained freedom and the past which is now a must in the region.

This is why Normandy is often associated with a “haven of peace”, where war has given way to a land of peace and tranquillity. The roots of this common history are rooted in each and every one of us, reinforcing this attachment to the region and its values of authenticity and sharing.

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