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

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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 heart 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!

A weekend in our lovely Destination? Le Havre de la Vanlée is a wild, natural site landlocked within Destination Granville Terre & Mer, in Bricqueville-sur-Mer! But what is a harbor anyway? Originally, a harbor was a natural space that served as a refuge for boats seeking shelter. Some harbours still have this function, such as the Havre de la Sienne in the port of Regnéville-sur-Mer. Le Havre de la Vanlée, also known by locals as “le Bout du Monde”, forms a dune peninsula. The dune of sand and herbus extends to the mouth of a coastal river: La Vanlée.

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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

On this natural site, salt meadow sheep are raised in complete freedom. They roam the grasslands to the rhythm of the seasons. During high tides, they are withdrawn to the shelter of the fields. They feed on glasswort and salty herbus, hence their name: pré-salés sheep!

During high tides, with a coefficient of 93 and above, the sea completely covers the herbus and the road becomes submersible! There are very few of these in France! The view is magical when combined with a blazing sunset! An astonishing spectacle with a guaranteed wow effect!


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You can discover Havre de La Vanlée by downloading our free hike sheet.

One of the eight havens

on the west coast of france

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 thegrand airand discovery of thelocal heritage.

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

Paradis de la Glisse

Le Havre de la Vanlée is also a paradise for board sports: kitesurfing, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and more. Although it’s free practice, it’s nevertheless a site for experienced riders. The tidal current and omnipresent wind are considerable assets, but can also represent certain dangers. L’Ecole de Voile de Bréhal offers introductory courses and equipment hire to help you make the most of your favorite activities in complete safety!

Preserved flora and fauna

The variety of plants present at Havre de la Vanlée is impressive, and some of them are even edible: like samphire. It looks like a small, fat plant: dark green in summer, turning 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, the 10-hectare Le Havre is home to some 150 different bird species. You’ll find everything from egrets and mallards to grey herons, geese and many other species, making the Havre de la Vanlée a veritable bird sanctuary. Other species are also present, but beware, as these are protected!

Maritime panicum

Very useful, it enables the living dune it helps to stabilize, like the oyat, with its powerful stolons. With its blue-tinted flowerheads and tough, prickly leaves, it is one of the emblems of our coastline, and picking it is forbidden.

Sea lavender

A well-known species, as evidenced by the diversity of its local names: saladelle, sea lilac or slatis. But if these blue or mauve flowers, tightly packed in flattened spikes, catch the eye, from July to October in the harbors of the west coast, it’s worth remembering that its picking is regulated.

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Leon the sheep

expert at Havre de la Vanlée

We’re really happy to be able to graze in this very special area where, stirred by the movement of the tides, the grass is so tasty. We’re also often amused by the number of onlookers who stop to take photos of us in our salt meadows. We are aware, however, of the danger that can be posed by the rapid rise of the sea during periods of high tide, and we take great care to avoid it.

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