Activities around L’Espérance campsite

Ideas for outings and activities in Normandy

What to see and do around the campsite in Normandy

Find a lot of activities to do and to see around the campsite. The region of Normandy is full of greenery and rugged coastline to walk along from Cherbourg to Mont-Saint-Michel and taking in Barneville-Carteret, Portbail and the Landing Beaches. The richness of its coastline, the generosity of its countryside and its history and the abundance of pleasures offered by its local produce means that Normandy is full of things to do, places to visit, food to enjoy and memories to be created.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg or to walk along the beaches of Barneville Carteret or Portbail-sur-Mer to go on-foot fishing and try the fresh products that you yourselves have caught. You will soon see that there are more than enough things to do around the campsite. And if you don’t have enough time to enjoy the water sport centre or the riding school, you can always come back again.

Taking the children out where they can enjoy themselves

You can take your children to the sea to go bathing, make sandcastles or do some on-foot fishing as soon as they can walk. The Contention beaches offer many activities for all the family.

Normandy is also rich in private gardens and botanic gardens to show them and make them aware of nature and the environment. For example at the botanic garden of Vauville in the Hague you can see its farm, its garden and its conservatory of Normandy animals.

In terms of sport the water sports centres will enable them to discover the fun of sliding and navigating with especially adapted activities, while for active and inquisitive children there is geocaching, which is a kind of treasure hunt with small presents and will enable them to discover the Cotentin Peninsula.

Ideas for activities to do with your children

Want to relax on beautiful sandy beaches? Teaching your children to surf? Going for a horse ride with your family? Or simply go to a movie with your family? Discover the many activities to do with your children near the 4* l’Espérance campsite in Normandy.

Taking your children to the beach

Do you want to go to beautiful beaches of fine sand? The Cotentin area has no fewer than five beaches with the Pavillon Bleu label that guarantees you incredible days at the seaside. On the programme you have fishing on foot, bathing, ball games, land sailing, sailing, surfing or the classic making sandcastles. The beaches of Carteret, La Potinière, Port-Bail sur Mer, Siouville-Hague and Les Pieux all have the Pavillon Bleu label and boast lifeguards, showers and toilets.

Sail, surf or slide in the English Channel

As a coastal area the Cotentin is not short of sailing clubs where you can learn to surf or go land sailing on the sandy stretches of the most beautiful local beaches or even learn to sail on a paddle board, catamaran or sailing boat.

The water sports club at Barnevile-Carteret  is one of the  centres that will welcome your children on the Côte des Isles.

Seeing a film as a family

If you want to go to the cinema on a rainy day or to see an event movie together, there is no shortage of cinemas.

You can get your popcorn fix at the Mega GCR in Cherbourg and in smaller screens like the Select near the beach of Barneville-Carteret or the Rialto in La Haye du Puits.

Take your children to a riding school

Several riding schools offer courses for children to discover horse riding or to go on rides around the Côte des Isles on horseback or on donkeys. Children and teenagers can become horsemen or horsewomen of the Cotentin region through rides on the beach or in the countryside and by playing equestrian sports like French polo.

Plage de Barneville-Carteret

You will be pleased to know that Barneville beach next to the campsite also has the Pavillon Bleu label as well as reduced mobility access and Wi-Fi.

If you want to check something, don’t hesitate to consult the beaches live on-line via their webcams. While you wait, you can plan your boat trips during your holiday with Barneville-Carteret’s tide schedule.

Activities for young and old

Your stay will give you the opportunity to try fresh local products directly at Normandy markets or to walk along the magnificent paths of incredible hikes. It is also the opportunity to spend time with your family at the seaside and walk along the magnificent beaches of Denneville to do some fishing on foot or discover some of the many water sports that Normandy offers.

Hiking as a family

Apart from this classic you can also follow in the footsteps of pilgrims by taking the Chemin des Anglais in the direction of Mont-Saint-Michel and ultimately Compostela. 

If you want to get off the  beaten track you can also take some of the smaller paths, which will take you to the heart of the land and enable you to discover the heritage built over centuries and the rich and often wild countryside.

Fishing in Normandy-high tides

Learn to fish or go fishing in the sea or on foot to discover the fish and shellfish of the region, catch them and perhaps eat them. This is a classic family activity which will leave everybody tired and happy at the end of the day. Be careful, however, to follow the rules and regulations for fishing especially during the high tides in the Channel.

Ask for the brochure at reception.

Relaxing with yoga in Normandy

Catch your breath on holiday with one or several yoga sessions and take the time to listen to your body and bring it some calm on the huge beach of Denneville! You can also do yoga as a family and introduce your children to this zen activity. *Activity not managed by the campsite. Registration subject to availability.

Discovering local produce at the market

Normandy is a rich and generous land of abundance that delivers the best local produce to its market stalls.

You can’t overlook the summer markets on the Côte des Isles especially the one in Portbail or the unmissable night market in Barneville.

The Cotentin, a land of hiking paths

The Cotentin is a land of hiking paths. The 220km Path of the Customs Men or GR223 offers incredibly beautiful landscapes to the adventurers who take the path.

Going out and having fun as a family

You should put aside several days to get to know the Normandy coastline and culture. You could add to your programme the Cité de la Mer, a trip around Cherbourg on a small tourist train or a boat trip around Jersey and a walk around its streets with that undeniable English touch.

Discovering the Cité de la Mer

In Cherbourg, you can’t miss the Cité de la Mer, an immersive and fun visit, especially for families. Discover and visit the submarine Le Redoutable. Explore the abyss, relive the last hours of the Titanic and have your children learn about the first days of the Battle of Normandy.

Visiting Tatihou Island

Tatihou island is located off the port of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and is a protected site that boasts a bird preserve, three themed gardens, a maritime museum, a Vauban tower and a tailpiece restoration hangar. You can get there by amphibian boat at high or low tide. It is a classic family outing in the Cotentin area.

Direction Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark

Jersey is the most unusual of the Channel Islands with its very English architecture even though you hear French all around you. You can get there by ferry or sailing boat depending on what you want to do and how much you want to spend. Go for a cruise to one of the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey Alderney or Sark) from one of the Channel ports (Barneville-Carteret, Granville or Diélette).

Things to see around the four star campsite L’Espérance in the Manche department

Would you like to visit Mont-Saint-Michel, the Landing Beaches, Cherbourg and its Cité de la Mer or Barneville-Carteret and its lighthouse? Book your stay at the four-star campsite L’Espérance located on the Côte des Isles in the Manche department and use your holiday to discover the treasures of Normandy.

The Normandy

The Côte des Isles

The Cotentin



Camping Espérance

36 Rue de la Gamburie, Denneville, 50580 Portbail Sur Mer – France

Tél. : 02 33 07 12 71
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Haute saison (juillet et août) : 

8h30-12h30 / 14h30-19h00

Basse saison : 

8h30-12h00 / 14h30-18h00


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