There are lots of attractions within a few minutes’ drive from Barfleur. Slightly to the north, enjoy a drink and tapas at Goéland 1951, one of the 10 best beach bars in France according to The Guardian newspaper. The bar is in an old bunker (blockhouse) and gives the impression of being right at the end of the world ! In summer its terrace is constantly full.
Right next to Barfleur, you can explore Ile Tatihou and the Tours Vauban, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ile Tatihou is a great place for a family outing. When you reach the island aboard an amphibious boat, you can visit the botanical gardens, learn about the history of the island and watch sea birds. If you are there in August, then don’t miss the annual « Les Traversées de Tatihou » Festival.
Back on the mainland at Saint Vaast-la Hougue, it’s time to tickle your tastebuds ! Taste some local oysters with a hint of hazelnut then stop off at the famous fine food shop Maison Gosselin to buy some delicious souvenirs of your holiday in Barfleur.
Water sports enthusiasts should head for the beach at Jonville for kite-surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, etc. Round off your romantic holiday with a visit to the Phare de Gatteville lighthouse at the Pointe de Barfleur. At 75 metres it is the second tallest lighthouse in Europe. Enjoy the fresh sea air and recharge your batteries !
Finally, Cherbourg, about 30km away, is definitely worth a visit. The town revolves around the sea with fine sandy beaches and a harbour which once welcomed the greatest transatlantic liners. Make the most of your visit to try some delicious gourmet specialities.