The Vaches Noires Cliffs

Just a short hop away from the lovely sandy beach of Villers-sur-Mer, these surprising dark cliffs will leave a lasting effect. 

Unlike any other!

Over 100 metres high and covering a distance of 4.5 km between Villers-sur-Mer and Houlgate, these unique cliff­s stand out with their dramatic dark rock faces, their geological treasures and their natural beauty. This site, constantly eroded by the tide, is famous for its Jurassic and Cretaceous faunas. Many fossil remains have been found here, including remains of dinosaurs!

(c) Vudoiseau
(c) Vudoiseau

Hotels, restaurants and cafés nearby

What to see and do

  • The Vaches Noires cliffs are located betwen the seaside resorts of Villers-sur-Mer and Houlgate. They are easily accessible at low tide.
  • Just a few miles away from the coast, spend a night on the water in one of these quirky and cosy aquagites. A true retreat for nature lovers.
  • Just opposite the Paléospace in Villers-sur-Mer, which is well worth a family visit too, La Terrasse du Marais is a delightful place to have a meal or a drink, as it overlooks a beautiful little lake!

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