Falaises des Vaches Noires

Great Outdoors

The Falaises des Vaches Noires ('cliffs of the black cows') is a fantastic site for fossil hunters located on the coast between Houlgate and Villers-Sur-Mer. Made of marl, limestone, chalk and clay, they are very soft and constantly eroding, unearthing fossils trapped in the rock from millions of years ago. The cliffs were given their name because of the boulders of chalk that have fallen onto the beach, which looked like grazing cows to the fishermen out at sea. Children will love to spend some time exploring the beach for fossils and playing around the 'cows'.


Places to visit nearby

Deauville in Normandy is a glamorous town on the Côte Fleurie ('flowery coast'), famous for horse racing and its international cultural festivals.

Trouville in Normandy is both a charming seaside resort and a picturesque fishing village all in one!

After serious devastation during the WW2 bombings, Le Havre has risen phoenix-like from the ashes to become a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site for its post-war architecture.

Nearby attractions

Overlooking the sea from a height of 110m, Mont Canisy is an important site where 2 batteries built by the French Navy from 1935 to 1940 were taken and extended by the Germans.

Deauville's Clairefontaine racetrack is still the only triple discipline racetrack on the Normandy coast showcasing flat, trotting and obstacle courses.

A stunning combination of rural Normandy style and a manor house, this listed historical monument was built in 1907 by the architect Picherau for Henri de Rothschild who called it the Ferme de Coteau, the hillside farm.