Gouville beach cabins

Normandy’s beautiful undiscovered beaches

It’s a stunning coastline; dramatic, unspoiled and worth exploring. The clean sweeping beaches are rarely crowded and our guests enjoy picking their own favourite spots with a little exploration.

On this stretch of coast, from Cherbourg to the bay of Mont Saint Michel, the tidal range is one of the largest in Europe. This means shallow swimming at high tide and a vast expanse of sandy beach at low tide.

Gouville – our local beach

Gouville’s magnificent beach is 6km long, sandy, flat and bordered with grassy dunes. Its lighthouse, Le Sénequet stands 5km out to sea and faces the island of Jersey.

In the distance neat rows of oyster and mussel beds are just visible at low tide and the fresh produce can be bought from the growers.

A Pavillon Bleu flag proudly flies at the beach – awarded to Gouville for excellent swimming waters and care of the beautiful, protected environment.

Gouville beach

Gouville beach

Sand yachting, skim boarding, beach exercise…

Anyone is welcome to take part in the summer’s daily events organized by the helpful village tourist office and local associations.

Try sand yachting, skim boarding, sand castle competitions, beach exercise classes and horse riding on the shore.


Sand yachting

Gouville beach riding

Horse riding on the shore, Gouville


A popular family activity here is pêche a pied. After a high coefficient, anglers head for the beach with tools and buckets – we’ve got these for you, just bring your wellies.

You can join an outing with an expert to learn about the regulations and how to find shrimp, clams, crabs, whelks….

Pêche a pied, Gouville

Pêche a pied, Gouville

Get ready to catch

Nets at the ready!

Here’s a clip

Other beaches nearby


Anneville beach is just a few minutes up the coast road – beautifully wild and slightly hidden away.

Good spot for surfing. Beach break waves 0,50m to 1,50m, ideal in winter, best orientation south west.

surfing at Anneville


Agon-Coutainville, with its buzzy beach side cafés and bars, is a favourite local meeting place on warm summer evenings.

Just beyond the sailing school lies La Pointe d’Agon – sandy and grassy with far reaching views of harbours and hamlets across the bay.

Anyone is welcome to join the annual beach marathon.

Coutainville beach, evening

Coutainville beach, evening

Beach La Point d'Agon

La Pointe d’Agon

Coutainville sailing school

Coutainville sailing school

Coutainville marathon

Coutainville Annual August marathon for all ages