Discover the bays of Quervière or Ecalgrain, visit the lighthouse of Goury, take in the view from the top of the granite cliff of Jobourg, 128 metres above sea level... Take a walk in the dunes of Biville, or between the gorse and the heather around the megalithic stones “Pierres Pouquelées”. Follow a path along dry stone walls in this area also called “little Ireland”.
During your stay in la Hague, you will find many hidden treasures, and fall under the spell of charming hamlets, with their low houses, nestled away from the wind.
A selection of favourite sites… amongst many others!
Parks and gardens of la Hague
La Hague, well known for its wind-beaten headlands, also enjoys a particularly mild climate. Bordered by the Gulf Stream, it is a land where enthusiastic botanists have grown exotic plants from the southern hemisphere. Here also is the botanical garden of Vauville, where Guillaume Pellerin and his wife Cléophée de Turckheim have opened to visitors their wondrous garden, surrounding the family chateau. Other gems include the park of Nacqueville chateau, the garden of Jacques Prévert, the Epinerie gardens …
A tribute to Prévert
In the 1930s, Jacques Prévert and his friends fell in love with this little piece of paradise: the tip of la Hague. In 1971, the poet purchased a house in Omonville-la-Petite, where he lived until he died in April 1977. Prévert was buried in the village cemetery, next to his wife Janine and their daughter Michelle. The house was converted into a museum, devoted to the poet. The unusual garden, situated in the “valley of the mill” is also dedicated to him and features Prévert’s favourite plants. It was created by Gérard Fusberti, who appealed to the poet’s entourage – Janine Prévert, Yves Montand, Ursula Vian, Juliette Gréco, Picasso...
Port du Hâble, port Racine, Goury, Diélette... Facing the Channel Islands, along 80 kilometres of coast and despite the strong currents at Raz Blanchard, many boats find in la Hague welcoming natural harbours: from modest fishing boats taking shelter in port Racine (the smallest port in France), to beautiful sailing boats tied to the pontoons of Port-Diélette.
The hamlets of la Hague
Typical of the region, the hamlets of la Hague are great to visit during a leisurely walk. Huddled against each other, the traditional houses form small hamlets, taking shelter from strong winds. In Herqueville, Jobourg, Auderville,or Omonville-la-Rogue houses are low, made of sandstone and schist. These were a favoured subject for the famous painter Jean-François Millet, born in Gréville-Hague, in a hamlet named Gruchy; Millet also painted the Angelus.