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Villers sur Mer and the Surroundings


In Villers, no need for a car. You can soak up fresh air and fill yourself with beautiful walks by the water or on the hollow paths of the hinterland. You will take advantage of the immense beach with its 2 km of dike promenade before setting off to explore the astonishing cliffs of the Vaches Noires. Paleolithic site of world renown, the cliffs are accessible at low tide by the beach where the search for fossils will amuse young and old. It should be noted that the name of black cows does not come from the cliffs themselves but from the large blocks collapsed on the shore which evoke from a distance or very far a herd of cows.

It is true that in Normandy, cows are everywhere; so when you are drunk with sea air, you will turn your back to the sea to cross the paths of the bocage in the heights of Villers. Discovery of a farm, visit of a beekeeper, tasting of the trilogy of Camembert, Pont évêque and Livarot cheeses will enhance your days. Still in Villers, the Marais, a 30 hectare wetland, is a precious heritage managed by the coastal conservatory. You will observe a rich flora and fauna including many migrating birds .

Falaises des vaches noires

A little further, 7 km away, Deauville, a legendary resort well known to stars, will bring you closer to the Parisian atmosphere while, on the other side of the Touques, Trouville-sur-Mer will delight you with its fish market on the quays, its maze of small streets, its fishermen's houses and its famous staircases like that of the 100 steps. The Roches Noires hotel where Marguerite Duras loved to stay will make you dream of literature.

West side, another meeting with the writers, Cabourg, immortalized by Marcel Proust under the name of Balbec in "In the shade of the young girls in flowers" is a renowned resort with its villas, its casino and its golden sandy beaches .

Do not forget, by the way, Dives-sur-mer from where William the Conqueror set off to conquer England with an impressive fleet. Since then, the sea has receded but the medieval craft village remains attractive with the Notre Dame church and the Halles from the 14th and 15th centuries still in use. Do not miss the Saturday market.

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