Jobourg Things to Do
Le Nez de Jobourg is a stretch of rock sticking out in the ocean between the long sandy beaches from Vauville Southwards and the Cap La Hague in the North. Because of it's position, one enjoys a spectacular view in both directions, added with in the distance the island of Aulderney (one of the English Channel island). With clear weather the other CHannel islands are as well visible as silouets on the horizon. From Le Nez de Jobourg several beautiful scenic walks go along the Cotentin peninsula's coast, giving even many more breathtaking views for the hikers.
At the viewpoint of Le Nez de Jobourg a restaurant offers lunch and dinner possibilities. The terrace - of course - offers a spectacular view while eating.
We choose to make a picknick at the available tables near the parking of Le Nez de Jobourg.
Jobourg Off The Beaten Path
The "Raz Blanchard" is one of the strongest and most dangerous currents at the face of this earth. Due to the extreme tidal difference, the sea water is pushes and shuffed through the Channel and reaches the strongest speeds around Cap La Hague. Here an extra danger are the submurged sharp edged rocks, that can easily rip a boat or ship to shreds when caught in the Raz Blanchard. Therefore, don't take the boat to experience this current and definately do not go to swim (-: Just gaze at the raging waters from Le Nez de Jobourg and from there you already can imagine, that this current - sometimes reaching 12 knots! - indeed is extremely dangerous.
When you walk around Le Nez de Jobourg, you have to take a closer look at the flowers and plants that survive these hard conditions of wind, salty moist and rocky soil. Of course the positive side of this location is the mild climate (temperatures never drop below zero and hardly ever rise over 20 degrees Celsius). Plants have addepted to these conditions and are true masters of survival, yet stay beautiful and in some places for a pretty colourful cover over the cliffs.
Jobourg and Cap La Hague always have been in the news, because of the fact that here stands the French Factory for nuclear fuel recycling. Environmentalists have always emphasised the danger of this activity, but yet here it is. The factory even offers (French nationals only!) tours over the plants territory, explaining exactly what they do there. For those who are interested, a visit to AREVA NC's factory at Jobourg (COGEMA) could be a very special experience.