Carentan

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A small inland town at the foot of a canal home to a dozen pontoons.




"Carentan (pronounced [kaʁɛ̃tɑ̃]) is a small rural town near the north-eastern base of the French Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy in north-western France near the port city of Cherbourg, with a population somewhat over 6,000. It is a former commune in the Manche department. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Carentan-les-Marais. The town was a strategic early goal of the World War II landings as capturing the town was necessary to link the lodgements at Utah and Omaha beaches which were divided by the Douve River estuary (nearby fields were flooded by the Germans up to the town's outskirts). The town was also needed as an intermediate staging position for the capture of the cities of Cherbourg and Octeville, with the critically important port facilities in Cherbourg." Wikipedia









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Carentan Marina
1 . Carentan Marina

A marina at the head of a long channel close to the town in a rural setting, behind lock gates. A couple of restaurant near the top of the marina. Approximately 50 visitor berths on pontoons, basic...

Port de Grandcamp-Maisy
2 . Port de Grandcamp-Maisy

A neatly arranged square marina behind a lock gate behind the sea defences and home to two long and two short pontoons hosting about 250 boats with a dozen visitor berths. Walking distance to a cou...

St Vaast-la-Hougue Marina
3 . St Vaast-la-Hougue Marina

A large marina behind a low-gate closed at low-tide. Home to large fishing boats near the entrance and 10 rows of long pontoons inside a secure harbour.

Portbail Yacht Basin
4 . Portbail Yacht Basin

A drying harbour in the sandy estuary with basic facilities. The town of Portbail is a 15min walk away for supermarket and a couple of restaurants. Otherwise La Plage on the beach is a little close...

Port Bassin
5 . Port Bassin

A small basin behind a lock with a limited number of visitor moorings along the western quayside. The second basin is for local boats only. Once moored alongside a few bars and restaurants are with...

Marina Carteret
6 . Marina Carteret

A marina boasting 370 berths in a lake set off from the tidal flood estuary, welcoming visitors on the furthest pontoon.

Barfleur Quay
7 . Barfleur Quay

A tidal crowded bay drying out to firm sand with a rocky approach. Some limited shallow quayside mooring in the most northern corner. Three or four restaurants around the quay.

Port du Becquet
8 . Port du Becquet

A small tidal harbour that dries in low tide. Access to one restaurant.

Port de Cap Levi
9 . Port de Cap Levi

A small drying harbour to the east fo Cherbourg.

Cherbourg Avant Port
10 . Cherbourg Avant Port

A local harbour for local residents together with Basin du Commerce which is behind the lock.

Port Chantereyne Marina
11 . Port Chantereyne Marina

A large marina west of the ferry terminal inside this large commercial harbour. A good walk into town to find supermarket, restaurants and bars. Unlike many marina's on the northern coast of France...

Saint Catherin's Bay
12 . Saint Catherin's Bay

A large sand sea bead bay with some partly submerged rocks on the approach.

Port de Plaisance
13 . Port de Plaisance

A busy port for local boats only.

Marina Bassin Joinville
14 . Marina Bassin Joinville

A long and narrow large marina with 20 visitor berths near the bridge and lock.

Gorey Harbour
15 . Gorey Harbour

A sandy drying harbour under Mont Orgueil Castle on the eastern coast of Jersey with a collection of drying buoys outside the breakwater. Several restaurants around the pretty harbour.

Herel Marina
16 . Herel Marina

A large marina with a tidal sill on the tip of Granville. the quayside offers a few restaurants in a commercial setting, while several more are found 15min walk into town.

Granville - Basin du Commerce
17 . Granville - Basin du Commerce

A large busy drying offering sheltered anchorage and an entrance into the Basin a Flot used by local fishing vessel.

Bouley Bay
18 . Bouley Bay

A popular anchorage on a sandy sea bed overlooked by Fort Leicester.

Bonne Nuit Bay
19 . Bonne Nuit Bay

A rocky sea bed with a small drying harbour to the west of the rocky beach. Partly exposed rocks in the bay.

Les Blainvilles
20 . Les Blainvilles

A series of buoys in the tidal channel alongside the rocky Grande Ile. One restaurant near the fortress and ferry point.

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Grandcamp-Maisy
1 . Grandcamp-Maisy
(Normandy )

A small fishing town that was home to the German heavy artillery. The approach is either side of high-water with a small marina behind a gated lock.

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue
2 . Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue
(Normandy )

The small historical whaling town has a finger of land extending south with a mound on which a fort was built. To the north there is a marina enclosed within a breakwater opposite a tiny island of ...

Portbail
3 . Portbail
(Normandy )

A small town with a large drying harbour with a small yacht basin.

Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
4 . Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
(Normandy )

The small town is access via a breakwater with mooring buoys to the left approach, further inland two gated locks can be found.

Carteret
5 . Carteret
(Normandy )

Sometimes called the "port of the isles" on the mouth of the river Gerfleur. the inner bay is home to a gated marina.

Barfleur
6 . Barfleur
(Normandy )

An historical port for a journey to England where the Normans departed for the battle of Hastings.

Cherbourg-Octeville
7 . Cherbourg-Octeville
(Normandy )

A large city and military port with ferries to Ireland and England. A stopping point for transatlantic liners. Home to fishing and yacht and a shipbuilding yard.

Granville
8 . Granville
(Normandy )

A seaside resort that used to be famous for cod fishing and shellfish. With a similar landscape to rocky Monaco founded by William the Conqueror. It is a ferry terminal and has two yacht basins ove...

Courseulles-sur-Mer
9 . Courseulles-sur-Mer
(Normandy )

A popular tourist destination for the normandy beach landings, and for Parisians during summer. Home to two gated basins along the river Seulles.

Gorey
10 . Gorey
(Isle of Jersey - United Kingdom )

A fortified village on the eastern side of Jersey and home to a small drying harbour.

Saint Helier
11 . Saint Helier
(Isle of Jersey - United Kingdom )

The main town on the island of Jersey is home to a several marinas and a host of historical landmarks for exploring on foot.

Goury
12 . Goury
(Normandy )

A small village on the end of the peninsula with a tiny harbour for local boats.

Saint Aubin
13 . Saint Aubin
(Isle of Jersey - United Kingdom )

A picturesque village on the southern side of Jersey and home to a drying harbour.

Ouistreham
14 . Ouistreham
(Normandy )

A small fishing port with a ferry and marina. Entrance to the Caen canal to the Med is behind the locks that open five times during high water.

Sark
15 . Sark
(Isle of Sark - United Kingdom )

A small town in the centre of the island with a population of 500 wit no cars. This was the first island to be declared a Dark Sky Island.

St Anne
16 . St Anne
(Alderney Island - United Kingdom )

The charming capital of the island with a small population of 2,000 dominates most of the island and is accessible from Braye.

Braye
17 . Braye
(Alderney Island - United Kingdom )

Also known as Alderney harbour this village on the northern side of the island is protected by a 1km breakwater and provides good access to St Annes.

Dives-sur-Mer
18 . Dives-sur-Mer
(Normandy )

The historic town built around the mouth of the river Dives is home to a gated marina and a series of yachts moored in the channel. The town was the launchpad for William the Conqueror and has a ma...

Herm
19 . Herm
(Guernsey Island - United Kingdom )

A tiny village with less than 100 people and a small jetty on the western side of the island.

Saint-Malo
20 . Saint-Malo
(Bretagne )

An historic French port and walled city famous for piracy and wealth from overseas adventures. Now a ferry to England and Channel Islands. Home to a gated basin, a large marina, and a beach with se...

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