Head off to explore the main island of Chausey on foot
The main island of Chausey is 1 500 m long and 500 m wide and has a rich variety of landscapes. In the centre, you’ll find fields and hedgerows, in the south, beaches that look like the Caribbean, and at the tip of the island, maritime pines and succulent plants typical of the Mediterranean.
You’ll discover these landscapes as you walk around the coastal path, a 5 km trail suited to all levels.
On the way, you’ll see:
- The Sound: the natural channel next to the main island, into which the slipways plunge;
- The chapel, built in 1850 and illuminated by gorgeous stained glass windows;
- Les Blainvillais hamlet, with its fishermen’s cottages;
- The semaphore, built on the highest point, with a 360 degree view of the archipelago;
- Château Renault, built in 1559, a private property that you can’t visit;
- The lighthouse, on the southern tip, standing at 39 m high;
- The fort, built under Napoleon III, which held 300 German and Austrian prisoners during WW1, and a small German garrison during WW2.
During your walk, take a dip at Port-Marie beach, admire the cormorants and red-breasted mergansers, take a photo of Marin Marie’s house, lose yourself on the little paths, and look for the elephant (the most famous rock on the island).
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