Cherbourg Marina

Cherbourg
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Great Outdoors

Cherbourg has been an important  naval base since the 19th century and it was Napoleon himself who pushed for Cherbourg to be a major transatlantic port by creating large artifical breakwaters. Once a shipbuilding giant, Cherbourg's harbour, Europe's largest artifical one, is  now used more for tourism and pleasure boating with the 4 harbours of  a yachting marina, commercial port, fishing port and the naval base.

The yachting marina, Port Chantereyne, has 1550 floating berths across 30 pontoons, with lots of facilities including refueling facilites, sanitary blocks and even free wi-fi and welcomes visitors, day or night,. Or, if you are not a boater yourself, why not sit outside one of the cafes on the harbourside to watch an eclectic mix of boats come in and out of port?

Nearby attractions

An unmissable attraction when you are in Normandy, La Cité de la Mer is a fantastic place to spend the whole day learning about man's adventures under the sea.

Leaving from the Pont Tournant, the Adèle operate various boat trips in the summer. Daily boat trips with a commentary can be taken around the harbour.

Cherbourg's markets are mainly held in the Place du Gaulle, which is named after the great French hero and has, at different times in history, been known as Castle Square and Freedom Square.

This excellent museum is set in the Fort du Roule, a Second Empire fortress which was occupied by the Germans during WW2 and liberated by the Americans in 1944.

Places to visit nearby

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.