The Marais Vernier

Explore this beautiful natural reserve, a must-see destination for nature lovers!

One of Normandy's best kept secrets!

Covering 12000 acres, the Marais Vernier is a marshy area between steep hills nested in the last loop of the River Seine.
Containing one of France’s largest peat bogs, it is an exceptional heritage site in terms of its ecology, landscape and history. One of the main elements of this heritage is the presence of remarkable old plots of land dating from the medieval times: the “Courtils”, or small gardens, which developed in the southern parts of the marsh and linked to the springs that supply it with water. This unspoilt natural environment is also home to a rich diversity of fauna and ­flora.

(c) Pierre JEANSON

Hotels, restaurants and cafés nearby

What to see and do

  • The Marais Vernier is located on the left bank of the River Seine, close to the river's mouth and only a few miles from Honfleur. It offers a striking contrast with the right bank of the river, which is mainly industrialised.
  • Right bang in the middle of the Marais Vernier, the Gite de l'Anerie is the perfect cosy family retreat. This old Norman cottage has been beautifully restored and the three donkeys that live there will let you pet them.
  • A real authentic Norman auberge! Loacted in the village of the Marais Vernier, the Auberge de l'Etampage serves homely and locally-sourced food.

Normandy Secrets

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