5km to the north lies Barfleur (a village classified as one of the most beautiful in France) which was a heavily fortified town. This is where the ‘Mora’ was built, the boat which led William of Normandy to the conquest of England. The Hundred Years’ War and the attacks from the sea have reduced the size of this once large town, whose port is the nearest shelter from the formidable tidal currents around Barfleur.
Just 20km to the south is the nearest of the sites of the June 1944 landings. In the middle of the Cherbourg Peninsular (the Presqu’ile du Cotentin) lies Valognes, setting for the Barbey d’Aurevilly novels, and nicknamed “the Norman Versailles” due to its many mansions. Valognes paid a heavy price from the WWII bombings to free France.