Cherbourg, exploring World War II France
Cherbourg - Octeville is at the Cotentin peninsula, in Normandy, in Northwest France, in the department of Manche. Due to its location, the city is one of the closest European borders to Britain. Apart from a busy port it’s an important base of the French Navy and there are many monuments and historical landmarks that tell the story from the invasion of Normandy. Visit the city that most people recognise from the 1964's musical «Les Parapluies De Cherbourg», starring Catherine Deneuve, with cheap ferry tickets to Cherbourg through Let's Ferry.
A square in Cherbourg
Must see attractions
• Explore the city on foot, starting from the Pasarelle Michel Legrand, at the port. Walk around to see bistros, outdoor markets that sell flowers, food and handmade products, squares and fountains.
• The Thomas Henry Museum (Musée des beaux-arts), hosts paintings from famous local artists like Jean François Millet, as well as sculptures and paintings from the era between the 15th and the 19th century. This value for money attraction offers more than 300 pieces of art with just a 5€ admission.
• The Liberation Museum (Musée de la Liberation) is hosted at the Fort du Roule, which was built in the 19th century. In the same area you can visit the Batterie Du Roule, a fortification with underground tunnels, where guns for the World War II were hidden.
• Visit the store where the film «The Umbrellas of Cherbourg» was shot, at the Rue du Port. Although today its not an umbrella store, it has preserved its umbrellas as an installation right outside the shop, as well as the original name «Les Parapluies de Cherbourg».
Must visit beaches
• Plage de Collignon is just 5 km from the port. Visit its long, sandy coastline that has shallow waters as well as a restaurant and a cafe.
• Plage de la Saline is rocky and pebbled and 7 km from the port. It's an ideal spot to see the colourful sunset or go cycling and jogging at the pedestrian path.
• Plage de la Mondree is located in a sandy gulf, 16 from the port. Although it's secluded it has a parking lot.
Must do activities
• There are many urban parks to explore: At the Emmanuel Liais Park you will see a lake, greenhouses and a beautiful botanical garden. At the Cherbourg Public Garden there is a playground, picnic benches and tall trees that offer natural shadow.
• Visit the National Nature Reserve Beauguillot, an important seaside wetland, 60 km from the port. See rare bird species as well as seals.
• Dive in history with a visit to Utah, a famous beach in the Normandy coast, 60 km from the port. You will see many monuments on the coast from the World War II, as it's one of the five landings of the Normandy invasion in 1944.
Tip: You can reach Cherbourg by ferry, plane, car or train. The airport is 12 km away. Visit the historical Normandy coast with cheap ferry tickets to Cherbourg through Let's Ferry.
Don't miss: Only here you will experience what it was like to be in the Titanic, with the exhibition Titanic, Return to Cherbourg at the Cité de la Mer Museum.It's a unique virtual tour at the legendary boat, which made its first stop at the Cherbourg port after it began its trip from Southampton. The exhibition started in the 3rd of August and will last until the 31st of December 2021. This museum offers a lot of interactive and virtual activities like taking control of a submarine.