From the campsite, dock at Tatihou Island….
This is the beginning of a picturesque sea trip to Tatihou Island. This island of multiple riches, with a surface area of 29 hectares, becomes a peninsula at low tide. At high tide, from the port of Saint Vaast la Hougue, board the Tatihou II and let yourself be carried away by the waves. This curious amphibious boat which literally rolls on the bottom of the sea is accessible from our Tatihou Island campsite! You can even walk to the island at the rhythm of the tide, through the oyster parks.
Heritage: the Vauban fort, the Vauban Tower
The Vauban Tower is a key element of your visit to Tatihou. Located at the far end of the island, it is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a group of 12 fortified complexes built by Vauban all over France. It was built in 1692, following the battle of La Hougue to defend the Normandy coasts. Climb to the top of the tower and enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea, the great pier of St Vaast la Hougue and the village. Together with its twin, the Hougue Tower or Fort de la Hougue, they form the Vauban Towers.
If you wish to book a hotel room on the Island of Tatihou, a gîte, a holiday home, a chalet… then we invite you to browse the page of our accommodation close to Tatihou: https://www.camping-lagallouette.fr/hebergements/ and boarding is guaranteed!
Things to see and do on Tatihou Island
Once you have landed on this genuine open-air museum, set off on the assault of :
- The Vauban Tower and its panorama over the bay and the campsite!
- The maritime museum where maritime history and ethnography of the coasts of Lower Normandy await you, with archaeological furniture from the wrecks of the Battle of Hougue in 1692.
- The Gardens of Tatihou :
- Botanical garden of 800m² reconstructing different natural coastal environments (salt mud, dune, rock, maritime lawn).
- Acclimatisation garden where the flora of the southern hemisphere (New Zealand, Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean) is well represented.
- The naval carpentry workshop still in activity. Traditional boats from the museum’s collections are restored here. It was here that the replica of L’Ami Pierre (1860), Barfleur’s bisquine, was made.
- The ornithological reserve of Tatihou Island to admire nearly 150 species of birds.
Tatihou Island: great events!
The island is famous in the department of Manche and in Normandy for its music festival: Les traversées de Tahitou. It brings together artists from all over the world with traditional music. Singing, dancing, cinema or art of all kinds, it mainly takes place on the Tatihou Island and on the Festival village behind the port of St Vaast, a few steps away from the campsite. There are even a few events a little further away in the Val de Saire. Its particularity? Festival-goers go to the concerts on foot when the sea withdraws.
Sporting events punctuate the summer season on Tatihou Island. Spend your time against the backdrop of the Vauban towers classified by UNESCO: Running, sailing and regattas or Stand Up Paddle races?
Did you know that?
- Tahitou meaning Tat (name) land surrounded by water (hou in noroit) was named by the Vikings.
- The oysters from the oyster parks of Tatihou are very famous and every summer you can take part in visits to these parks by registering at the tourist office in Saint-Vaast.
- The island is accessible on foot at low tide or by amphibious boat at high tide from Saint Vaast la Hougue. The tidal coefficient directory is available at the reception of your Manche campsite.
- Our Normandy seaside campsite is located just opposite the island of Tatihou and offers you a special discount for the purchase of your tickets, let yourself be taken on board!
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