Updated on 23 November 2020
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With 600km of coastline, lakes and rivers, Normandy is rife with opportunities to head outdoors and get a taste of water sports! To help you find the perfect spot to get active on the water with your kids, here’s our pick of fun, safe places to get started.
Granville Regional Boating Centre
Find the perfect water-based activity at Granville Regional Boating Centre in the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel, home to Europe’s highest tides. Sailing 17km offshore to the Chausey Islands in a speedboat makes for a fun family adventure.
Centre Régional de Nautisme de Granville
Boulevard des Amiraux
Just one hour from Paris, the Léry-Poses activity park extends over 1,300 acres of natural space and lakes, offering wakeboarding and waterskiing, pedalos, kayaking and boating. A fun, safe and educational experience for against a magnificent backdrop!
Base de Plein Air et de Loisirs de Léry-Poses
Rue du souvenir français
Less than 45 minutes from Caen, explore secret spots only accessible by canoe in the beautiful Suisse Normande (Norman Switzerland). With family or friends, choose from three canoeing routes and enjoy the ride as the Orne river winds its way through lush green natural landscapes. Paddling adventures range from 7km to 13km of river descents, allowing children aged 8 and upwards to be part of the crew (only if they can swim of course).
4- Voiles et galets
Etretat sailing club is offering a unique way to make the most of the coastline of the majestic Alabaster Coast. What can be more appealing than a day out on the water? Youngsters aged 7 to 12 years old can choose from kayaking, catamaran sailing, windsurfing or stand-up-paddle boarding, discover the thrill of water sports and soak up some beautiful scenery while they’re at it.
Pôle nautique d’Etretat
Located between the picturesque fishing port of Port-en-Bessin and the Pointe du Hoc, Eolia Normandie nautical centre offers introductory sessions to sand yachting and catamaran sailing, where you can learn the skills and learn how to harness the power of the wind. A briefing on safety rules and progressive practical training are on the agenda and, if you’re lucky, you might be able to go for a ride at the end of the session.
Base Eolia Normandie