Prepare for a great day on your bike! From La Haye, you’ll follow the Vélomaritime route all the way to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. Along greenways and little country roads, the heritage of the Cotentin peninsula unfolds before your eyes. First Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte and its medieval castle, which was besieged twice during the Hundred Years’ War. Travel back to the Middle Ages during a guided tour of the keep and the old hall. Next, Bricquebec and its castle, which was rebuilt numerous times. The grounds are freely accessible, and you can also opt for a guided tour.
If you have a sweet tooth, Lait Douceur de Normandie in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte is a dream come true! Treat yourself to their caramels, sweets, chocolates or jams in the shop, or sample some goodies in the tea room next door. And at the Epicerie Parisienne in Bricquebec-en-Cotentin, you’ll find homegrown fruit, artisan cheeses and Normandy cider: ideal for a 100% local picnic.
Between Bricquebec and Cherbourg, the route is safe and enjoyable, and winds its way to the port town, where you'll follow cycle paths to the end of this second stage.
Where to stay on this stage
Marie-Pierre welcomes you to her 19th century bourgeois house in the centre of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. Upstairs, you'll find four comfortable and cosy rooms for an overnight stay or more. Relax in the reading room or the pretty tree-lined garden.