Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue Travel Guide

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    On the boat to Tatihou
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Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue Things to Do

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    by ranger49 Updated Oct 20, 2010

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    I can't count how many time we have stopped here - just for an hour or two; to see the fish unloaded; for lunch ; for Dinner Bed and Breakfast -- for a week or longer.

    It has of course changed over all the years we have known it, but it has never lost its charm or appeal.
    It is close to the ferryport in Cherbourg so is a good place to stay before an early start or late arrival.
    But we have made it our base, in and within 5 miles of the town,on many occasions - including on family holidays with grandchildren who loved it!

    On the boat to Tatihou The boats come home in St Vaast=la Hougue

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    by Pavlik_NL Updated Nov 22, 2007

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    Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue has a very beautiful and special marina. In contrast to other ports, that run dry, this one has watertight (well, more or less) locks that close when the tide goes down. The water stays in the port and so the marina of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue is rather popular by sailing boats that make a tour along the Cotentin peninsula's coastline. This means that, when your locked in, there's no sailing out until the next high tide. Those who come too late, lay outside in the mud.

    Beautiful yaughts in the marina The locks of the Saint-Vaast marina Too late, means you can't go in the port (or out) Outside the port, the seabed runs dry

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Nov 22, 2007

    At low tide (of course) you can walk through the oyster fields and find out more about how these sea fruits are "cultivated". In long rows, pillows are laid down on racks. These racks are below the waterline at high tide and fall dry at low tide. In between the racks - and on them the pillows in which the oysters are growing - are flushed with fresh seawater, a condition that is the most important for growing oysters. When the oysters are fully grown, the pillows are opened and the oysters are gathered.
    No, these oysters are not cultivated for their pearls. These oysters are "farmed" for consumption. Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue oysters are world famous for their taste. Some say they slightly taste after nuts.

    Irina and Ilja just visited the muddy oyster field The pillows with growing oysters inside Row on row, the cultivation of oysters

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Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue Hotels

  • HOTEL LA GRANITIERE

    74 rue du Marechal Foch

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel de France

    20, rue du Marechal Foch, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, 50550, France

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue Restaurants

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Nov 22, 2007

    Favorite Dish: Well, you can of course try the oysters here in almost all restaurants. You can be sure that they are extremely fresh here.

    Nope, WE didn't have oysters! From the seabed to your plate

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Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue Off The Beaten Path

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    by marc56 Updated Oct 8, 2003

    Ile de Tatihou is an island laying in front of Saint-Vaast-en-Hogue.
    You can get there by boat who is leaving in the Port.

    Ile de Tatihou
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    • Family Travel

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