Barfleur and the Gatteville lighthouse

Barfleur is a picturesque village located in Normandy

Barfleur is often considered as one of the beautiful villages of France. The expectation is therefore great for the tourist who comes to Barfleur. Unfortunately, the disappointment is even greater. The town is built around the port like many towns in Normandy and can be visited in an hour. The coast around the town is not the most beautiful in Normandy.

From Barfleur you can walk to the lighthouse of Gatteville (4 km one way). The walk goes along the sea on the customs path. You can also take the car to reach the lighthouse.

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Duration: 2 h.

The port and the village of Barfleur

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The port and the village of Barfleur

The church of Saint-Nicolas

The church of Saint-Nicolas

The port

The port
The port had its moment of glory after the invasion of England by the Normans in 1066. It was the preferred port for the Norman aristocracy to travel to England.

The hike

The hike
The hiking trail starts next to the Tourist Office in a very small alley. The path is the GR 223 (white and red markings), it passes by the Havre de Crabec and the Gatteville lighthouse.

The path

The path
The hiking trail requires you to walk on walls.

Barfleur

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Barfleur
While moving away we have a pretty sight on Barfleur.

The Havre de Crabec

The Havre de Crabec
The path goes along the sea to get to the Havre de Crabec. You can then continue to the lighthouse of Gatteville or go back to the lighthouse by car.

The customs path

The customs path
The way to the lighthouse is not really interesting.

The Gatteville lighthouse

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The Gatteville lighthouse
The lighthouse is the second highest lighthouse in Europe (74 meters). You can visit it, the entrance fee is 3 euros. There is no museum, you just pay to go up the lighthouse. The lighthouse is closed in case of bad weather.

L'ascension

L'ascension
The visit of the lighthouse is not recommended for people prone to vertigo but also for claustrophobic people.

View on Barfleur and the coast

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View on Barfleur and the coast
The climb up the 365 steps is rewarded with a superb view of the entire region.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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