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Tatihou Island, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

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Tatihou is an island of Normandy in France with an area of 29ha. It is located to the east of the Cotentin peninsula just off the coast near Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. It is almost uninhabited, and is usually reached by amphibious boat although, being a tidal island, it is also possible to walk there over the local oyster beds at low tide. Access to the island is limited to 500 visitors per day.HistoryTatihou, like many of the islets of the Channel Islands contains the -hou suffix.In 1692 the naval Battle of La Hougue took place between the English and the French close to the island of Tatihou. In 1756 the surroundings of La Hougue were defended by many batteries and forts, but the lack of regular maintenance ensured that these quickly fell into disrepair. In 1720 Tatihou was used for quarantining plague victims from Marseilles.On 10 December 1803, the 36-gun frigate HMS Shannon grounded on Tatihou. All her crew survived to be captured by troops from a battery. The next day a party from HMS Merlin burned Shannon to prevent her arms and stores falling into French hands.CultureTatihou has hosted a small folk festival since 1995, Les Traversées de Tatihou, every August 15. The hours are selected according to the tides to allow the festival goers to get home. The island also hosts music courses several times a year.
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  • Tatihou is not just for history buffs ( though they'll be delighted); it's beautiful, unspoiled, easily strolled (about 45 minutes to walk the whole coast) and easily reached. At low tide, you can wal...  more »
  • The adventure begins with the crossing with a boat with wheels then who sails. The island offer superb views long island for a lovely walk. The tour Vauban worth a look. Special mention to the Museum, located in the lazaret, where we discover a history of unsuspected. Do especially with children who can unwind all learning. Think of reserving seats for the crossing.
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  • Visit when you go through Saint Vaast. The way to the island is fun to do with your family at low tide (with boots or shoes that can take water of course). The island and birds are resting.
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