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Launch out and discover atypical places, curious stories and other astonishing anecdotes on the first stages of the Tour de France!

Move from the second highest lighthouse in France to the scene of the latest Valérie Donzelli film shooting, taking on board the legend of the shipwreckers… Don’t miss the special broadcasts and unusual stories when travelling the routes followed by the Tour de France in Normandy.

The amphibious vessel

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

It rides through the oyster beds and sails from Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue to the Tatihou Island. This very special vessel sails at high tide and rides at low tide.

The lampposts in the port of Cherbourg

Cherbourg

In addition to their shape, the lampposts designed by Yann Kersalé in 1994 have another original feature: their light ranges from blue to green depending on whether the tide is ebbing or flowing.

The Gatteville lighthouse

Gatteville-le-Phare

It’s the second highest lighthouse in France – 75 meters high. A couple of figures: 365 steps and 52 windows giving out on an exceptional sea/landscape. Open to visits, and on special occasions, night visits !

Château des Ravalets

Tourlaville

Setting of Valérie Donzelli’s latest film “Marguerite et Julien”

The château des Ravalets in Tourlaville, very near Cherbourg, will feature in Valérie Donzelli’s latest film with Jérémy Elkaïm and Anaïs Demoustier. The film director put to use a scenario that François Truffaut had discarded in 1973, on the story of Marguerite and Julien de Ravalet, the cursed siblings and lovers of the Tourlaville château! Some of the scenes were shot there in October and November 2014 and 150 extras were recruited locally to play the roles of domestics and villagers. French film release: 30th September 2015.

The legend of the ship wreckers off the coast

Cape Hague

Cape Hague harbours many a legend… It is whispered that on this coast, in bygone days, wreckers went out to plunder vessels! During severe storms, the wreckers would light false lights to simulate a lighthouse and decoy the ships seeking protection against the winds. These unfortunate ships would then crash against the rocky shoreline and then be plundered.

The Maillard pêcherie fish trap

Hauteville-sur-mer

The Maillard is an age-old wooden fish trap. There are 5 of these wooden “pêcheries” still in use in Europe and only one can be visited – the one located in Manche, in Hauteville-sur-Mer.

The Loges Marchis hill

Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët

When Greg LeMond cranked out his last pedal strokes in Manche

On 8 July 1994, after a getaway in Portsmouth, the Tour de France racers started on Stage 6 between Cherbourg and Rennes. Very open since the beginning of this Tour, Greg LeMond dropped out thoroughly exhausted in the Loges-Marchis hill at Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët. “I have no excuse. I ran out of juice, that’s all”, said the triple Tour winner (1986,1989 and 1990). Said by an exceptional champion, of legendary kindness as he entered the famous Tour de France broom wagon.
One hill too many for the American racer who, at age 33, retired from cycling competition…

 

The amphibious vessel

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

It rides through the oyster beds and sails from Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue to the Tatihou Island. This very special vessel sails at high tide and rides at low tide.

The lampposts in the port of Cherbourg

Cherbourg

In addition to their shape, the lampposts designed by Yann Kersalé in 1994 have another original feature: their light ranges from blue to green depending on whether the tide is ebbing or flowing.

The Gatteville lighthouse

Gatteville-le-Phare

It’s the second highest lighthouse in France – 75 meters high. A couple of figures: 365 steps and 52 windows giving out on an exceptional sea/landscape. Open to visits, and on special occasions, night visits !

Château des Ravalets

Tourlaville

Setting of Valérie Donzelli’s latest film “Marguerite et Julien”

The château des Ravalets in Tourlaville, very near Cherbourg, will feature in Valérie Donzelli’s latest film with Jérémy Elkaïm and Anaïs Demoustier. The film director put to use a scenario that François Truffaut had discarded in 1973, on the story of Marguerite and Julien de Ravalet, the cursed siblings and lovers of the Tourlaville château! Some of the scenes were shot there in October and November 2014 and 150 extras were recruited locally to play the roles of domestics and villagers. French film release: 30th September 2015.

The legend of the ship wreckers off the coast

Cape Hague

Cape Hague harbours many a legend… It is whispered that on this coast, in bygone days, wreckers went out to plunder vessels! During severe storms, the wreckers would light false lights to simulate a lighthouse and decoy the ships seeking protection against the winds. These unfortunate ships would then crash against the rocky shoreline and then be plundered.

The Maillard pêcherie fish trap

Hauteville-sur-mer

The Maillard is an age-old wooden fish trap. There are 5 of these wooden “pêcheries” still in use in Europe and only one can be visited – the one located in Manche, in Hauteville-sur-Mer.

The Loges Marchis hill

Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët

When Greg LeMond cranked out his last pedal strokes in Manche

On 8 July 1994, after a getaway in Portsmouth, the Tour de France racers started on Stage 6 between Cherbourg and Rennes. Very open since the beginning of this Tour, Greg LeMond dropped out thoroughly exhausted in the Loges-Marchis hill at Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët. “I have no excuse. I ran out of juice, that’s all”, said the triple Tour winner (1986,1989 and 1990). Said by an exceptional champion, of legendary kindness as he entered the famous Tour de France broom wagon.
One hill too many for the American racer who, at age 33, retired from cycling competition…