Val de Saire (Saire Valley)
East coast of Cotentin
Alexis de Tocqueville described the Val de Saire area as “a long meadow that ends with the sea on the horizon”.
Here, world-renowned sites such as Tatihou, the Vauban towers (listed World Heritage), or the Gatteville lighthouse (second highest in France) stand side by side with lesser known sites such as the “valley of 9 mills”. Gourmets will of course have heard of Saint-Vaast oysters and mussels from Barfleur. Val de Saire is also the first producer of vegetables in Lower-Normandy, and the unforgettable golden Brioche of Le Vast, a delight that attracts many regular customers!
From Le Vast, drive towards Quettehou, pronounced “Quet’hou”. This charming village is worth a stop before reaching the port de Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, or you can make a small detour and drive to Saint-Pierre-Eglise – where you will see menhirs – and then on to Barfleur. Wherever you go in Val de Saire, you will enjoy its wealth: its “terroir”, its history, its people.