355 kilometres of coast outline the department of la Manche. An important network of freshwater streams and rivers run across the bocage country, marshes and cliffs of the Norman peninsula. Marshes, natural harbours, moorland, cliffs, bays... Discover a variety of landscapes, where water is omnipresent, even away from the seashore. Observe rare species of birds in the nature reserves, such as the woodcock or the crested tit.

"La baie des Veys"

“La Baie des Veys”, in the Cotentin peninsula, is an estuary where four main rivers converge: the rivers Aure, Vire, Taute and Douve...

The moors of Lessay

The moors of Lessay are a remarkable site, situated to the south of the town. It is a vast stretch of flat land where gorse, heather and grasses...

La Côte des Havres

On the West coast of la Manche, a succession of eight harbours...

A walk in the woods: le bois d'Ardennes

The River Sélune – much appreciated by fishing enthusiasts, due to the presence of Atlantic salmon – contributed to the development of this wood...

Carteret headland and Hatainville

Overlooking the dunes of Hatainville, the rocky outcrops of Carteret headland offer exceptional views over the Channel Islands.

Cliffs of la Hague

The cliffs of Gréville-Hague, Castel Vendon… la Hague was a place much enjoyed by the painter Jean-François Millet and is the ideal starting...

The Cotentin and Bessin Marshlands

Marshes and polders fit harmoniously into a traditional boscage landscape. Meadows, grazed or mowed, are criss-crossed with ditches and dotted...

Les roches de Ham

“Les roches de Ham” is a natural site, to the South of Saint-Lô, in the heart of Norman bocage country: a typical landscape, with its farmland...

Regional Nature Park of Normandy-Maine

The nature park has a wealth of natural treasures. Rare species can be observed here, namely the freshwater pearl mussel and the white-clawed...

Natural heritage

La Manche has mile upon mile of wild coastline and countryside with rocky outcrops, waterfalls, natural harbours and bays, nature reserves,...