Next to the high lighthouse of Gatteville, a smaller tower rises up from the rocks. This is the semaphore, which signals ships in other ways that with a lightbeam swinging around in a significant pattern. Originally a semaphore signaled ships with signs, telling them about certain conditions in the sea, in the harbours around and about the weather....more
At the foot of the lighthouse of Gatteville flattened (eroded by the sea) rocks invite to stay a while and enjoy the waves and the sea air. On a sunny day it is a real pleasure to lay in the sun on the warm stones. Sailing ships gently pass by as the waves make soft sounds on the rocks and after the climb up to the top of the lighthouse, this is a...more
"Le Phare", actually means The Lighthouse in French. Gatteville's lighthouse is open to public and one can climb the 365 stairs up to the top to see the lamps as well as the wonderful views around. Already in the late 18th century, the region decided that it was very important to built a lighthouse here and a - only 26 meter high - lighthouse was...more
If you suffer of dizziness, you'd better not climb the lighthouse or, if you want to do it, be very cautious and, if possible, stay close to another person, and don't watch down.
In the neighbourhood of Gatteville, near Tocqueville and Gouberville, one can find hidden between the hills full with beautiful acres, fields, small forests and the so typical "Chemins" of Normandie (narrow streets, almost fully overgrown with trees, bushes and plants that sprout up from the stone walls aside the roads), some beautiful and ancient...more
Most drive through the village of Gatteville immediately towards the lighthouse. The village itself is small and a typical Normandian coastal small village. Remarkable buildings are the church, a small chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame du Bon Secours) just across the square that the church is on and the windmill.The chapel was already here in the 12th...more