The blustery Cotentin Peninsula is the perfect spot for enjoying the great outdoors. In fact, the western-most tip of the peninsula, Cap de la Hague, is known as la Petite Irlande because of its rugged and rustic scenery. Pick a section of the 430km GR233 coastal walk to enjoy dramatic views along some of the highest cliffs in Europe or you can try horse riding or cycling instead.
If you're less a landlubber and happier in the sea then there's plenty of reasons to get in the water - canoeing, kayaking, sailing, diving, rowing, water skiing and paddleboarding. Kids will also love a boat trip to Ile Tatihou just out of St Vaast la Hougue's harbour - the amphibious craft also has wheels so it can get across at high and low tides!
Explore the port town of Cherbourg to learn all about the seafaring and naval history of the area and particularly the lively history of the town itself. A trip to the Cité de la Mer is unmissable and is excellent fun for all the family - from the exhibition of the Titanic featuring recreations of life on board to La Redoutable, the largest submarine open to the public in the world. It also has 17 aquariums including the deepest aquarium in Europe!
Best for? Nature lovers and fans of outdoor and water sports
Best route? Either of Brittany Ferries' routes to Cherbourg
Distance from port: From Cherbourg port, Cap de la Hague is a 40 minute drive