With 600 km of coastline, Normandy is a territory of choice for all those who like to enjoy activities on the water, and in particular at sea. land and beautiful river trips possible. Whether you fancy canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing or even surfing, the region welcomes water sports enthusiasts with open arms! And then, the nautical activities, it is also a beautiful way to appreciate the landscapes, the fauna and the flora.
A multitude of activities to practice on the water
Before reaching the Normandy coast, let’s stop in Suisse Normande . The omnipresence of the Orne river but also the Noireau or even the Rouvre are all opportunities to practice various water sports, from the softest to the most muscular. And then, these activities are perfect for a total immersion with the superb landscapes of this natural region of Normandy and its heritage. Villages of character, sumptuous panoramas of the Normandy mountains, these moments offered to both beginners and experienced athletes are sure to mark the spirits.
We then take to the open sea, joining the coast to enjoy various and varied experiences. For nautical activities Very gently, you can start by joining the long Normandy Landing beaches or the Alabaster Coast to practice the longe-coast, in other words walking in the water. In Étretat, if the cliffs are impressive when observed from the best points of view, they are even more impressive when strolling in paddle on the sea until passing under the essential arches. An unforgettable moment ! There are also activities that require you to be a little more agile, such as windsurfing, to practice in Cap de la Hague. Anyone can participate, with courses offered to beginners. It’s exactly the same for surfing, which we enjoy learning from the Siouville spot and its beautiful waves. The falls will surely be there, but taking the board is the guarantee of good times to share with family and friends. Finally, we do not forget that kayaking is also practiced on the sea, a session around the Chausey Islands will be the opportunity to appreciate all the riches of the Norman archipelago located north of the magnificent bay of Mont-Saint- Michel.
Nautical events not to be missed
Normandy is also great nautical events to attend to feel the fervor of legendary races such as the Rolex Fastnet Race. For a week, the public and the city of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin vibrate at the sight of the 400 crews from all over the world entering one of the most spectacular artificial roadsteads in the world. Around are held multiple events, nautical activities and concerts.
Later, from October 29 to November 8, 2021, another great moment to experience is the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre from the city of Le Havre. For 10 days, the maritime city is celebrating, with a multitude of activities offered, including virtual participation in the race thanks to Virtual Regratta. The opportunity to challenge the great skippers.