Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and Tatihou Island

Recently crowned 'France's Favourite Village', Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue is a real gem on the Cotentin Peninsula.

Yours to discover

Amazing Saint-Vaast

So much more than a seaside village...

Just a 30-minute drive from the port of Cherbourg, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue is a picturesque fishing and sailing village located in the Val de Saire at the north-east end of the Cotentin Peninsula. The village is famed for its oysters and, at low tide, the oyster beds provide a link between the mainland and Tatihou Island. Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue is also home to the Tour Vauban de la Hougue, which stands at the entrance of the small harbour and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with its sister-tower on the island opposite. With 700 berths, its marina is one of Normandy's largest.

Right opposite the port

Tatihou Island

A real treasure island

Located just opposite the port, Tatihou is a small island which you can reach by a quirky amphibious craft, although it is also possible to walk there over the local oyster beds at low tide. It is home to a maritime museum, beautiful botanical gardens, a bird reserve and a couple of cafés too.

Every year in August, the island plays host to a folk music festival called 'Les Traversées Tatihou'.

Please take note that there are no rubbish bins on the island.

Village Préféré des Français

France's Favourite Village

The 2019 winner!

Each year, viewers of the 'Village Préféré des Français' TV-programme are asked to decide on their favourite French village out of a selection of 14 contenders. This year, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue was proudly representing Normandy, and won the title!

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue truly is unique! With its narrow streets, good restaurants and shops (including the famous Maison Gosselin), gorgeous setting, relaxed atmosphere, UNESCO-listed Vauban Towers and its very own Tatihou Island, it's a seaside village unlike any other.