Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Travel Guide

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    Main street
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    The flowers' street
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    Sunset at the Cap Hornu
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Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Highlights

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    Martinewezel says…

     A real French town without fuss. 

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    wandeljp says…

     A little too quiet in winter 

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     Attractive, unspoilt seaside town with history 

Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Things to Do

  • Historic Remparts...

    As you work your way through the town you will soon come across a really idyllic and picturesque part of the town that seems almost aloof from the bustle of the harbour but retains its character and always presents itself in it's full glory. Take a camera and take a flask of coffee and enjoy the remparts which have such a strong connection to the...

  • The Somme.

    The Somme River Its source is located close to Fonsommes in the department of Aisne at a hundred meters of altitude. Its valley forms a complex whole of river, marsh, ponds and channels. The river preserves over all its length (245 kilometres) an orientation towards the West or the West-north-west, but it describes many meanders. The Somme is...

  • Canal de la Somme

    The Picardy coast offers today more then 150 km of tracks and circuits. Seven landmarked circuits of 20 to 30 km with wooden landmarks give the possibility to discover the surprising littoral and its back-littoral. The photograph shows the track St. Valéry sur Somme - Abbeville v.v.

  • Marquenterre - a bird watchers haven in...

    The Parc Ornithologique de Marquenterre is a real treat for anyone with an interest in birds or wildlife in general. We went on a mild, sunny saturday afternoon in May and it was so busy that we even had to queue to buy our entrance tickets. The nature reserve was clearly very popular and I must say the place must have been making a small fortune,...

  • Explore the old town

    If you enjoy pottering around the older parts of French towns then you'll not be disappointed with St Valéry. A short distance east of the newer town centre are the ruins of the old walls and prison - reputed to have once held Joan of Arc. There's at least one interesting old church, Saint Martin, dating back many centuries; the 18th century...

  • The Holy Valery Chapel

    The Holy Valery Chapel In 622, Valery is buried in this place according to its will. Its relics attract the many faithful ones, which come in pilgrimage. Moreover, the spring water was miraculous. In 1878, the old chapel shaven, is replaced by this one.

  • The Guillaume Towers

    The Guillaume Towers. Their presence is attested as of the 11th century. These towers constituted the door top, principal entry of the feudal borough. It is necessary to imagine, with the top of the passage arched a building of bricks being used as body of guard and prison. The fall of the draw up bridge takes place 1614, for lack of maintenance.

  • The Holy Martin Church

    The Holy Martin church This church undergoes during centuries of many transformations. Primitive church, it remains some vestiges, like the pillars between the two naves, which would date from 11th and 12th centuries. The church was damaged at the time of the fire of 1475 ordered by Louis XI, then rebuilt, always on its old bases. Thus, the three...

  • Behind the Nevers Gate

    The Nevers Gate The gate gives access from the low city to the medieval city. Or carries of bottom was entirely remade at the end of the 17th century. It is a high construction, with pointed pinion, in likings and rollers at its base, the top is out of bricks. Formerly, this door gave directly on the strike. Above the entry in broken arch, two bays...


Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Hotels

Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Restaurants

  • Unfriendly and unhelpful

    Couldn't agree more with the earlier comment about this hotel/restaurant. My family and I arrived early one evening to a fairly deserted restaurant. We were ignored for ages when we arrived and then in my broken French I grabbed a passing waitress and asked for a table. Her facial expressions seemed to imply we were a complete nuisance but she...

  • Medieval charm

    The restaurant is not in St-Valéry, but a few km East in Vron. It is located in the former stables of a castle-farm. Typical walls in local stones and white grout. The walls are decorated with giant Flemish tapestries. Furniture of earlyer centuries. Early Renaissance music. Very friendly personal service. Only 6 tables in the restaurant, so better...

  • Simply but so delicious

    Le relais de la Croix de Pierre It is a simple restaurant in week mainly attended by the lorry drivers. It is thus completely at ease that we took our meals there during four days. And one was ever disappointed: for 15 € entered , flat, serves or cheese and the jug of wine has 7 €!!! THE PICARDY STRING:(LA FICELLE PICARDE) In the form of the...

  • Agneaux des Prés Salés

    It is not rare to see herds of sheep grazing in bay with low tide, the particular taste of their flesh gave place to the famous appelation of “salt meadow lambs”or Prés Salés. The part of discovered bay with low tide in which come to nourish the sheep calls the estran. It is out of Bay of Somme that the equine race of Hensons was created. Prés...

  • Norman lunch

    Good crêperie along the estuary of the river Somme. Stunning view. It's a small cêpes restaurant with a large menu. Different types of crêpes, dark four or white flour, salty or sweet...Very original recipes. For instance cêpes with mushrooms, goat cheese, eggs, fish... yummie! My husband and I first had a Kir Breton as appetizer. (= cider from...

  • The real Ficelle Picarde

    We couldn't leave Saint Valéry before we had tried the local specialty, the "ficelle picarde", a salted pancake filled with ham, mushrooms and cheese in a white sauce, and grilled in the oven...delicious ! Choose of course the local beverage, the apple cider, to accompany your meal !We stopped at a tiny restaurant called "Sel et Sucre" in one of...


Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Transportation

  • Bay of the Somme Steam Train

    The train that goes from St Valery sur Somme to le Crotoy in one direction and Cayeux Sur Mer in the other (Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme), is a steam hauled service dating back to 1887 and does not seem to have changed much in over a hundred years, and is well worth a trip on.

  • The Upper Somme steam train

    It takes you through woods and hills, along the banks of the Somme and stops in several towns such as Saint-Valéry. No trains on Mondays!And as we were there on a Monday we missed the view of the steam engine. Too bad.The picture shows the deserted station in "Le Crotoy", the town at the other side of the estuary, where the train departs.The...

  • Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme

    The Baie de Somme is located in the North of France, on the Picardy coast approximately 2 hours from Paris and 1 hour from Calais. It's possible to travel around the baie de Somme by this old steamtrain from April until October. You even can take your bicycle along. You can start out in Cayeux, St. Valéry sur Somme, Noyelles sur Mer and Le Crotoy.


Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Shopping

  • To buy everything

    Each Sunday, along the Somme, there is the market. The vendors sell food, kitchen ustensiles, clothes, gifts, jewels, sun glasses, etc... Cheap

  • Very few shops in St-Valéry

    It's very simple. There is nothing special to buy here. On the other hand, this town is full of restaurants. Around noon you can smell mussels everywhere... Lots of restaurants and so there is a lot of competition... lunching or having dinner here is very cheap. For instance one can have mussels between €7.90 and €11 euro.

  • Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Hotels

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Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Local Customs

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    by Martinewezel Updated Nov 10, 2006

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    You can set your mind at ease that a visit in St-Valéry won't crack your bank account. Parking your car is cheap (5 euros for 24 hours) and all restaurants have budget menus. Mussels between 7.90 euros and 11 euros.
    Not surprizingly... lots of restaurants, a lot of competition.

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Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Warnings and Dangers

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    parking lot St-Val��ry sur Somme (France)

    by Martinewezel Written Nov 10, 2006

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    There is no free parking in St-Valéry. The town is full of ticket dispensers. At the other hand, a 24 hours ticket costs only 5 euros. No complaining!
    start your visit in the morning. In the afternoon most parking places are occupied.
    When entering the town via the D3 road east, the easyest is to park your car at the Quai Perrée. Big parking lot, also for RVs. This is also the start of the "promenade" walk along the river.

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Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme What to Pack

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    by Martinewezel Written Nov 11, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rubber boots for walking between the banks, and to avoid wet feet in the swampy meadows.

    Photo Equipment: Binocs for bird- and other watching ;-)

    Miscellaneous: For the hikers among you: a good map, while some parts are dangerous and swampy.
    See also my "general tips" on this page.

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Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Off The Beaten Path

  • Valloires Abbey and Gardens

    Founded in the 12th century by Cistercian monks and rebuilt in the 18th century. It is the only abbey in France of this age.At first sight, it looks FAN-TAS-TIC!Too bad we arrived at 4 pm and the last guided visit just departed. No self-guiding visit allowed! What a bummer! A little frustraded we nosed around in the visitor's center which was still...

  • Fetes Guillaume

    In 1066 William the Conqueror ( in french "Guillaume le Conquerant) stopped in St Valery before going to conqueer England.Im remembrance, every year, the town celebrates the "Fetes Guillaume) the last week end of june or beginning of july. The old city comes back to Medieval Times, with animations, bands and many people in costums. If you're lucky...

  • Fetes Guillaume (2) Medieval Tavern

    During the "Fetes", the famous Medieval Taverns settle in the old town, principally aroung the Church. The food is simple (mostly barbecue type) but the atmosphere is fun. You eat on big tables and that's an easy way to start conversation with you table neighbours.


Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Favorites

  • Good website with free hikes and maps

    I rarely found such a good website as the Baie de Somme website. The site also offers free hikes and maps for download, but those are monolingual French. Not really a problem, while the maps are in universal language. Not all the maps are 100% clear, but they serve the purpose. The map and the hike of St-Valéry (fiche 22) is very good!click here to...

  • Attention! Closing day of the Tourist...

    If you'd like some additional info on must sees in town or in the region, lodging and so on, don't come here on a Monday! Weekly closing day of the Tourist Office (visitors center). The office is located at the Place Guillaume le Conquérant. Very easy to find. It's location number 1 on this map. (scroll down to page two)

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