Cherbourg-Octeville

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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.




"Cherbourg-Octeville (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʃɛʁbuʁ ɔkt(ə)vil] (listen)) is a city and former commune situated at the northern end of the Cotentin peninsula in the northwestern French department of Manche. It is a subprefecture of its department, and was officially formed when the commune of Cherbourg absorbed Octeville on 28 February 2000. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. The city is a Maritime prefecture and sub-prefecture of la Manche. Due to its union, it is the most populated city in its department with 37,121 inhabitants (over 85,000 with its suburbs) making it the first city of the department before the Saint-Lô prefecture and the second in the region after Caen.

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin is protected by Cherbourg Harbour, between La Hague and Val de Saire, and the city has been a strategic position over the centuries, disputed between the English and French. Cited as one of the "keys to the kingdom" by Vauban, it became, by colossal maritime development work, a first-rate military port under the leadership of Louis XVI and Napoleon, and holds an arsenal of the French Navy. A stopping point for prestigious transatlantic liners in the first half of the 20th century, Cherbourg was the primary goal of US troops during the invasion of Normandy in 1944.

Along with its use as a military, fishing and yachting port, it is also a cross-Channel ferry port, with routes to the English ports of Poole and Portsmouth, the Irish ports of Rosslare Harbour and Dublin, and St Helier on Jersey. Limited by its geographical isolation from being a great commercial port, it is nonetheless an important shipbuilding centre, and a working-class city with a rural hinterland. On Wednesday, 10 April 1912, the RMS Titanic crossed the English Channel and docked here at 7:00 pm local time before raising anchor at 9:10 pm local time and sailing to her final stop Cobh, Ireland." Wikipedia









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Cherbourg Avant Port
1 . Cherbourg Avant Port

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

Port Chantereyne Marina
2 . 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...

Port du Becquet
3 . Port du Becquet

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

Port de Cap Levi
4 . Port de Cap Levi

A small drying harbour to the east fo Cherbourg.

St Vaast-la-Hougue Marina
5 . 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.

Barfleur Quay
6 . 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.

Marina Carteret
7 . Marina Carteret

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

Portbail Yacht Basin
8 . 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...

Longy Bay
9 . Longy Bay

Also known as Longis Bay a shallow tidal bay overlooked by Essex Castle.

La Tchue
10 . La Tchue

A small V-shaped bay on the southern side of the island between rocky cliffs on either side.

Saye Bay
11 . Saye Bay

Small sandy bay behind a narrow gap in the rocky headland.

Braye Harbour
12 . Braye Harbour

A large number of visitor buoys inside the breakwater of Alderney Harbour, and further over towards Fort Albert. A cafe and a chippy on the western side of the bay near Fort Grosnez.

Litte Crabby Harbour
13 . Litte Crabby Harbour

A small drying harbour for local fishing boats near the sailing club.

Platte Saline Bay
14 . Platte Saline Bay

A wide sandy beach on the northern coast of Alderney near Braye.

Telegraph Bay
15 . Telegraph Bay

A sandy bay on the south-western tip of the island, enclosed by cliffs and fallen rocks.

Hannaine Bay
16 . Hannaine Bay

A sandy anchorage on the western side of Alderney overlooked by Fort Clonque on the rocky headland.

Carentan Marina
17 . 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...

Burhou Island Bay
18 . Burhou Island Bay

A partially sheltered bay on the south-western side of the tiny rocky island off the north-western coast of Alderney.

Port de Grandcamp-Maisy
19 . 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...

Saint Catherin's Bay
20 . Saint Catherin's Bay

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

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Goury
1 . Goury
(Normandy )

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

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 ...

Barfleur
3 . Barfleur
(Normandy )

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

Carteret
4 . 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.

Portbail
5 . Portbail
(Normandy )

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

Braye
6 . 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.

St Anne
7 . 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.

Carentan
8 . Carentan
(Normandy )

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

Grandcamp-Maisy
9 . 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.

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

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

Sark
11 . 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.

Saint Helier
12 . 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.

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

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

Vale
15 . Vale
(Guernsey Island - United Kingdom )

A small village on the northern-eastern tip of Guernsey and home to Beaucette marina.

Saint Peter Port
16 . Saint Peter Port
(Guernsey Island - United Kingdom )

A small town comprising of steep narrow streets and steps on the Island of Guernsey in the Channel overlooking the smaller Herm island.

Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
17 . 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.

Granville
18 . 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
19 . 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.

Ouistreham
20 . 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.

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