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!
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.
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.
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.
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.