Basse-Normandie Sports & Outdoors

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Basse-Normandie Sports & Outdoors

  • Skimboarding

    This sport was popular in the early 80s on the coast of Manche, then fell into disuse and is starting to gain popularity again.You need a board, often a wooden one, flat. And a flat beach on which every wave coming will leave a thin film of water. This will be your playground. You just throw the board onto this film of water, parallel to the shore...

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  • Kite riding

    A variant of "char a voile" that has recently made an apparition, it is a small vehicle propelled not by sail, as in traditional char, but by a small kite.Wind and vast beach stretches by lowtide make this a favourite sport.

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  • Paragliding without mountains

    Yes, paragliding is often associated with mountains or at least nice cliffs. Yet it is easily done on a beach in the Manche department - constant winds that are lifted by the dunes offer ideal spot for some tranquil paragliding. While you will not go that far up, it is possible to drift along the dune line for one hour before descending...

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  • Kite surfing

    A sport very much on the rise at this moment in the Manche department.Constant winds and vast stretches of sea that you can roam near the coastline - what more to ask for?Just do not forget to pack your wetsuit, it can get really cold...

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  • Horseriding on the beach

    I am sure you saw the romantic picture - beautiful woman (or a man), riding on the beach along the waves with the sun setting behind...You can make that dream come true - at least with the beaches facing all due west and the vast expanses of them.Actually it is slightly harder than that. While finding a horse should not be so difficult - many...

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  • Ride the wind - Char a Voile

    Favourite activity when the tide is low and wind is high. So that means around half of the time...Char a voile (Car with sail - or not a car, but something on wheels) is a sport very enjoyed in Normandy. There are several types, some ressembling more a windsurf mounted on wheels, but the most frequent version is a 3 wheel chariot on which you can...

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  • Cycling in Manche

    Predominantly flat (while there are some hills in Normandy, they are rather sparse and gentle), it is an ideal country for cyclists.Small roads have rather limited traffic and there is a network of greenways - "chemins verts" that are reconverted ancient railroads, where you can either cycle or walk, ride or drive a carriage. It is not a problem...

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  • Sea kayaking - mind the waves

    The coast of Normandy can make for sime nice kayaking trips along the shore, riding the mascaret or downriver through the "havres" on high tide.Or just playing and surfing the waves, which can be treacherous sometimes :-) Either you have your own or you can rent it through a nautical base, found in main stations along the coast.

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  • Watersports

    The beaches & coastline of Normandie are an ideal place to learn watersports such a surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing etc. Because of the Cherbourg Peninsular which sticks far out in to the English Channel (Manche) between there to as far west as Le Harve the waters are very sheltered. Ideal for learning the above mentioned sports.The below site...

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