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The Cotentin
a rugged land and a peninsula where business is booming


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The Cotentin is a peninsula in the north of the Manche department, to the west of Basse Normandie. Its landscapes and its economic activity are both extremely varied.

You will see the Carentan marshes, long, sandy beaches on the west and east coasts, Biville, Vauville, Sciotot, Barneville Carteret, Ravenoville and Quinéville… the highest cliffs in Europe at Nez de Jobourg, one of the smallest ports in France at Saint Germain des Vaux, the lighthouses at Gatteville and Goury, the Ile de Tatihou with its Vauban fort that you can visit by boat or on foot at low tide.

The little bay at L’Anse du Brick, the secluded beach at Réville. The town of Bricquebecq and its medieval castle. Flamanville and its beautiful chateau. The port of Barfleur, a little village to the east of the Contentin which was chosen as their second favourite village by the French people.



The heritage of La Hague by the tourist information office of La Hague


From a cultural point of view: We have numerous museums and galleries of great interest covering a wide range of subjects.

World War II and the landing beaches: Musée de la Montagne du Roule in Cherbourg or the museums in Sainte Mère Eglise

The sea at the Cité de la Mer: aquarium and museum housed in a former railway station that includes Le Redoutable, nuclear submarine and the Titanic space.

Painting and sculpture: in the Musée Thomas Henry.

Botany: in the Musée du Parc Emmanuel Liais and the Jardin de Vauville.

The area was also home (or second home) to numerous artists and writers. You can visit the house of Jacques Prévert in Omonville la Petite and the garden dedicated to him at Saint Germain des Vaux and the home of Jean Francois Millet in Gréville-Hague…

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Many films have been made in the Cotentin: ‘La Boîte Noire’, ‘Les Corbeaux’, Roman Polanski’s ‘Tess’, Zidi’s ‘La Course à l’Echalote’ in 1975, Florence Moncorgé’s (daughter of Jean Gabin) ‘Le Passager de l’été’ , ‘L’Etoile du Nord’ with Simone Signoret, ‘2 Anglaises et le Continent’ with Jean-Pierre Léaud, ‘L’Autre Dumas’ with Gérard Depardieu and of course the Cannes festival prize winning: ‘Les Parapluies de Cherbourg’ with Catherine Deneuve and her sister Françoise Dorléac.

Theatre: the Scène Nationale Cherbourgeoise and its three theatres including the Italianate theatre built in 1882 in Place de Gaulle in Cherbourg city centre. It was opened on the 28th of January 1882 and is the biggest theatre in the department. It is an Italianate theatre in a U or oval shape where the stalls are overlooked by several wooden galleries.

For fans of boating: several sailing schools and numerous ports enable you to go sailing, motor-boating, try jet skiing or just go to admire the cruise ships and liners, such as Queen Mary II, which regularly dock in Cherbourg.

The labour pool in the Cotentin is particularly dynamic.

The nuclear sector includes: the reprocessing plant at La Hague, near Beaumont Hague, the reactors and future EPR at Flamanville and also the nuclear submarine construction site which is just outside the town centre.

Recently we have begun building rotor blades for wind turbines for off-shore wind farms and soon we will begin building underwater generators in the Raz Blanchard. The construction of luxury yachts at CMN, the Maîtres Laitiers at Sottevast and the Hôpital Pasteur in Cherbourg are also big employers in the area.

Because of its geographical situation, the Cotentin and the Cherbourg Communauté de Communes (CUC) in particular have excellent facilities.

Large hospital, general clinic, airport (runway that can accommodate large carriers, built for Concorde and the A380), railway stations: SNCF, Gare Maritime with crossings to Ireland and the United Kingdom, numerous swimming pools, leisure parks, horse racing tracks, go-kart track, 18 and 9 hole golf courses, etc.

There are good transport links too, bus services throughout the city of Cherbourg, to the EPR and La Hague for Areva and morning and evening services in La Hague and Les Pieux area to the secondary schools in Cherbourg.

All these features make the Cotentin a good place to live, a place that people don’t always intentionally come to, because you need a reason to come here, it’s not somewhere that you pass through on the way to somewhere else. However, it is above all a place that people don’t want to leave!


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