Saint Vaast La Hougue
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Saint‑Vaast la Hougue and Tatihou Island

From Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue to Tatihou: a kilometer of sea!

With an amphibious boat (on the waves or on the foreshore), cross from the port of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue to Tatihou Island in 10 minutes to discover its treasures. Home port of the island, Saint-Vaast also offers beautiful discoveries.

The crossing can also be done on foot for the most courageous, but only at low tide when Tatihou becomes an island! The tidal coefficient must be around 60 and it takes an average of 25 minutes to walk (depending on your speed).

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue has been elected favorite village of the French

Saint-Vaast la Hougue is one of the most visited towns in Normandy, especially since Stéphane Bern and his show crowned it “favorite village of the French” in 2019.

Home to a marina, fishing is one of the main activities with also the production of Norman oysters. One can as well visit the village, the sailors’ chapel or the Vauban towers of La Hougue built in the 17th century and registered on the list of World Heritage of UNESCO since 2008.

Also offering a wide range of walks, along the dikes or the GR223, the landscapes are all as diverse as they are striking! At the end of the day, there is nothing like a culinary discovery by tasting the local products!

Did you know? Origin of the name Tatihou

The Island of Tatihou owes its name to the Viking period. It is the combination of “Hou” meaning land surrounded by water and “Tat” which is a proper name also meaning island surrounded by the sea.

Tatihou, the charming island in the northeastern Cotentin

Only one kilometer from the port of Saint Vaast, the island of Tatihou is full of incredible sites not to be missed. It owes its name to the Vikings of the Normandy coast in the 9th century. Spread over nearly 28 hectares, the key words are nature and history. You can find seabirds in particular thanks to the ornithological reserve, behind the Vauban tower.

The old lazaretto, dating from 1723, was transformed into a maritime museum after having been used to prevent the spread of the plague. You can visit a botanical garden, a naval carpentry workshop and also find buildings intended for the accommodation of tourists.

The must-sees on your visit to Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and Tatihou

  • The Vauban towers
  • The marina
  • The island of Tatihou
  • The sailors’ chapel
  • GR223
  • The botanical garden
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