You have decided to come and visit the Normandy Victory Museum and you are wondering how to organize your day. We have concocted a small program of activities for you to do when you are in Carentan
. Between nature and architectural or historical discoveries, let yourself be caught up in the good life in Normandy.
From the museum to Carentan
The visit to the museum is estimated at 1h30 or two hours depending on how you go through it.
Lunch at the A10 Canteen
If you come in the morning around 10:30 a.m., you can have lunch at the A10 Canteen restaurant just after this discovery. A retro-style brasserie/pizzeria, located within the walls of the museum and whose prices are affordable.
Lunch break in Carentan and walk on the port
You can also go directly to Carentan (8 mins by car / 15 mins by bike) where many other places to eat are available, especially on the port, where we suggest you stroll around a bit. This marina is frequented by many boaters who like to find the tranquility of this small Norman town.
As you walk along the quays, you will probably come face to face with a boat from the depths of time: the Dreknor. In reality, it is a little more recent than you might think since it is a replica of a Viking ship, made by the association of the same name and launched in 2006. is no less exceptional and delightful for lovers of Viking culture!
Always along the quays, as in many places in our region, you will discover an authentic US landing craft, type LCVP (see the video on Youtube). Still called Higgins Boat, this boat is the only one still sailing in Europe!
If you want to walk a little, take the track along the canal to go up to the lock. You will then pass by a surprising work of art, the Carentan canal bridge where the road goes under water!
After this short tour of the port, go to the center of Carentan, on foot or by car (many car parks) for a short tour of a historic town which turned out to be strategic during the Battle of Normandy. Discover its medieval arcades, the Hôtel de Dey, the church and its organ, the house of the shipowner Sivard de Beaulieu and its magnificent coat of arms and several other architectural treasures. (Remember to go to the Cotentin Bay Tourist Office) to get all the information.
Picnic at the Maison du Parc before a nature visit
If you like nature, birds, water and greenery, here is an outdoor program. After your visit to the museum, head towards the Maison du Parc (7 mins by car / 22 mins by bike) where you can open your cooler and have a bite to eat in the picnic area before taking your binoculars and sneakers to an ornithological discovery walk (a 1km course accessible to all and one of 5.5 km for the biggest walkers). Attention ! We advise you to contact them before if you want to go there with an animal because the protected area is not accessible everywhere to our four-legged friends.
How about going on a cruise on the Taute River?
Not far from the museum (6 mins by car / 12 mins by bike), the Bateliers du Cotentin offer you trips aboard the Rosée du Soleil. A gentle walk with commentary on the Taute River in the middle of the marsh. A discovery of the natural space but also of history. Please note: the cruise lasts approximately 1h30 and reservations are required as there are a few people in season.