A bird's eye view of Le Bout du Monde and the havre de la VanléeA bird's eye view of Le Bout du Monde and the havre de la Vanlée
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Le havre de la VanléeEscape to the ends of the earth

Le havre de la Vanlée

An amazing place for a stroll, the Havre de la Vanlée protected site is located in Bricqueville-sur-Mer. North of Granville, in Normandy, between samphire, dunes and salt meadow sheep, recharge your batteries at Havre de la Vanlée: a paradise for nature-lovers and sliders! In the midst of this surprising nature, the iodized air is very special! You can breathe in the sea at the top of your lungs!

A haven of peace

Come and discover a surprising place!

At the weekend in our pretty Destination? The Havre de la Vanlée is a natural and wild site landlocked within Destination Granville Terre & Mer, in Bricqueville-sur-Mer!

But by the way, what is a havre?

Originally, a havre is a natural space serving as a refuge for boats wishing to take shelter there. Some harbors still have this function, such as the Sienne harbor in the port of Regnéville-sur-Mer.

The Havre de la Vanlée, also called by locals “the Bout du Monde“, forms a dune peninsula. The dune of sand and herbus extends to the mouth of a coastal river: La Vanlée.

The submersible road at Bricqueville-sur-Mer
The submersible road at Bricqueville-sur-Mer
Grandes marées ! Spectacle grandiose quand la route se fait submerger dans le havre de la Vanlée

Did you know?

Until 1972, the Vanlée was crossed by a ford for cars and a wooden footbridge for pedestrians.

Since then, a submersible road has made it possible to cross the Vanlée without difficulty, except on high tides.

Surprising nature

In this natural site are raised in complete freedom the meadowsalt sheep. They roam the herbus to the rhythm of the seasons. They are withdrawn during the great tides to the fields, under cover. They feed on salicorn and salty herbus, hence their name: salt meadow sheep!

During great tides, from a coefficient of 93, the sea completely covers the herbus and the road then becomes submersible! There are very few of these in France!

Then the view is magical when combined with a blazing sunset! An astonishing spectacle with a guaranteed wow effect!


One of the eight havens

on the west coast of the English Channel

TheHavre de la Vanléeis an integral part of this coastline that stretches for over 70 km: the famouscôte des Havres. This coast is made up of a succession of eight harbors that are located at Barneville-Carteret, Portbail-sur-Mer, La Haye, Saint-Germain-sur-Ay, Geffosses, Blainville-sur-Mer, Regnéville-sur-Mer and Bricqueville-sur-Mer.

These estuaries have identical characteristics: they combinesandbanksandpre-salés, all framed by large dune massifs.

There are many remarkable sites and monuments along this unique coastline: the submersible road at Bricqueville-sur-Mer, the Pointe d’Agon, the Château de Gratot, the bird observatory at Geffosses, the Château de Pirou, the guardhouse at Saint-Germain and the baptistery at Portbail. A good opportunity to combine a walk in theoutdoorand discovery of thelocal heritage.

Feel free to visitthe Attitude Manche websiteto find out a little more about these different havens.

Paradis de la Glisse

The Havre de la Vanlée is also the paradise of gliding: kitesurfing, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, paddle, kayaking, etc. For free practice, it is nevertheless a site for experienced riders. In free practice, it is nevertheless a site for experienced riders.

The tidal current and the omnipresent wind are considerable assets but can represent certain dangers.

L’Ecole de Voile de Bréhal offers initiations and equipment rentals to make the most of your favorite activities in complete safety!

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©Nathalie
Nathalie's testimonial

Watch the waters rise in the Havre de la Vanlée, see the submersible road disappear beneath the waves, observe nature and landscape change and, with luck, witness the show of kitesurfers who make the place and the skies their own.

It’s being amazed every time by this magical place where nature is master.

A lover of salt spray

Preserved flora and fauna

The variety of plants present at the Havre de la Vanlée is impressive, and some of them are even edible: like the salicorne. This one looks like a little fat plant: dark green in summer, it turns red in autumn. It can be eaten in vinaigrettes, salads or as a vegetable with the famous salt-meadow lamb!

In addition to the famous salt-meadow lamb, Le Havre, spread over 10 hectares, is home to some 150 different species of birds. Everything can be found here: egrets, mallards, grey herons, geese and the many other species that make the Havre de la Vanlée a veritable bird sanctuary.

Other species are also present, but beware, as these are protected!

Salt-meadow sheepMouton Pre Sale
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Testimonial from Léon

We are really happy to be able to graze in this very special space where, stirred by the movement of the tides, the grass is so tasty.

We are also often amused to see the number of onlookers who stop to take pictures of us in our salt meadows.

We are aware, however, of the danger that the very rapid rise of the sea can represent during periods of high tides and we are careful about it.

Léon, salt-meadow sheep, expert from havre de la Vanlée
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