In Regnéville-Sur-Mer you can really bask in its charming maritime history…
In Regnéville-Sur-Mer’s alleys the sweet smell of the big departures heading towards the open sea still lingers in the air. A dry port since the middle ages, this seaside village has really kept its maritime character. Shaped by centuries of history, today, it is a real haven.
Regnéville-sur-Mer is a timeless village, with a landscape that has been shaped by the tides. All along this area’s coastline, you can feel Regnéville-sur-Mer’s maritime identity: located in le Havre de la Sienne, the Regnéville port is a dry port which was once active with the limestone business and fishing from Newfoundland fishing boats.
Regnéville-sur-Mer is a charming village where you will delight in discovering street after street of stone houses in Montmartin.
Get away by visiting the unique beauty of the surrounding hamlets, Grimouville and Urville, which are like the edge of the world to us!
Visit Regnéville-Sur-Mer’s must see sites:
The medieval castle was founded as early as the 11th century. Bloody battles were fought here between the French and the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Today, you can visit the remains of this ancient stronghold thanks to a discovery route that takes you back in time and retraces its history. Now owned by the General Council of la Manche, excavation campaigns and restoration works are gradually beginning to inject life back into the place, as well as lots of exhibitions and events that are organised all year round.
>> Our favourite: Every Friday evening in summer: The maritime Regnéville association organises a market in the castle’s courtyard from 6pm.
The King’s lime kilns form an exceptional ensemble, reflecting Regnéville-sur-Mer’s industrial past. Built in the 19th century, the four large kilns were able to provide limestone to the western Armorican countries. The lime kilns were only used for around thirty years but they brought Regnéville a significant and prosperous industrial industry.
The Havre de Sienne crossing:
Strongly discouraged from trying it alone, several local associations offer you to cross Le Havre de Sienne with a nature guide, going from Regnéville-Sur-Mer and heading towards La pointe d’Agon. It is a comprehensive nature excursion where you can discover this place from another point of view. Considered to be one of the biggest reserves of European bird species, you will discover its flora that is made up of plants that thrive in this coastal environment.
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It is an edible sea plant that grows in salt marshes. Le Havre de Regnéville-sur-Mer is one of the places where you can find salicornia. Its harvesting is authorised but it is also regulated. Make sure you make all the right enquiries before setting off to harvest it. Rich in minerals, calcium, potassium, vitamins A, B and C, it is also diuretic and depurative.
It is not very calorific and it suppresses your appetite. Young salicronia’s tender and fleshy stems, which are harvested in May or June, are crunchy and salty and can be eaten raw, plain or with a dressing and by themselves or in a salad with other ingredients. Pickled salicornia make a great alternative to pickles to spice up fish, cold meats, charcuterie and raclette.
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