The Gatteville lighthouse in France
Take the 30-minute drive to the 1,000-year-old city Barfleur. Stroll the picturesque streets lined with granite cottages. See the Norman architecture of the Church of Saint-Nicolas. Then, walk out to the Phare de Gateville, the third-tallest lighthouse in the world.
A black tip shark swimming
The docks where the Titanic stopped are close to the harbor — visit them once your Cherbourg cruise arrives. Continue your educational tour at the Cite de la Mer museum. Here, you can learn more about Cherbourg's maritime history, including an exhibit dedicated to the Titanic, and see blacktip reef sharks and other ocean life at the aquarium.
Hike up Roule Mountain to the Musee de la Liberation, where you'll learn more about the liberation of Normandy and Europe during World War II. Ascending to this summit serves a secondary purpose: a stunning panorama of the English Channel.
Cherbourg is best-known for its shellfish, especially oysters. But if you're looking for cooked seafood, don't despair. Enjoy local Demoiselles de Cherbourg (miniature lobsters) or the signature dish matelote — a stew of white fish cooked in wine, often made with mussels or shrimp, too. Don't miss dining al fresco in the waterfront area for ocean views when you cruise to Normandy.
Shopping is eclectic in Cherbourg. Find seafaring paraphernalia at the Cite de la Mer museum shop. Cruise to France and check out Saint-James Boutique for iconic striped mariniere sweatshirts. And don't miss Sweet Cabana, where you'll find antique porcelain and earthenware from nearby England, as well as decorative antiques from China and Japan.
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