The fortress of Cap Levi was created in the Great War (WW1) as an extra fortification flanking the enormous harbour of Cherbourg. Now-a-days it is a guesthouse that of great romantic atmosphere. The canons are still there and from here you have a splendid view over the coast and sea of Cap Levi.
Near Fermanville and Cap Levi, a very small harbour is a very colourful place. This is "La Perry", where only a small bassin is filled with small boats that have colourful balls hanging over their sides. It seems that only some fishermen and local pleasure boats are in this little port. Like the other ports in this region, the difference in tides lets them either stand dry in the mud or float on the water.
At the extended point of Cap Levi, the lighthouse warns pasing ships for the submerged cliffs and dangerous rocks. This lighthouse is not as high as the Western brother at Cap-la-Hague and for sure not as high as his sister near Gattesville-le-Phare to the East. As one can imagine, the lighthouse at Cap Levi is - due to being flanked by two mayor beakens - of lesser importance then the former mentioned two. Maybe because of that, Cap Levi is as well less touristic and therefore for the peaceseeker especialy interesting.
The position of Cap Levi is as well great for those who love sunsets in the sea. We enjoyed a few times how the sun sank into the Atlantic Ocean, which time and time again is different.
Whether it is a local custom for the locals, I do not know, but I could sit here for hours and watch the waves break on the rocks. Cap Levi is stretching outrt into the currents of the English Channel (La Manche) and especially when there is some wind, the waves crush with lots of force on the rocks. This view and sound are just tremendous great to me. I love the sea.
Along the coastline of Cotentin peninsula, a hiking path leads along the coastline. The Sentier Littoral (or path of writers) runs for a few hundred kilometers and is a long walk. It constantly winds with the curves of the Normandian shoreline and offers a wide variety in views along the cliffs, rocks and lands on the sea. Here at Cap-Levi the path runs along the cape, the lighthouse, the fortress and the little harbour of La Perry. For those who love to walk along the sea: this is a perfect way to spend a week or two!