The Chausey Islands
Chausey is unique in Europe for its beauty and high tides. The archipelago of Chausey groups 365 islands at low tide and 52 at high tide, the big island is located 17 km from Granville.
You will find there: hotels, restaurants, a fort, beautiful white sand beaches, a chapel built in 1840, and a fishing village. Less than an hour’s boat trip from Granville, the preserved nature of this archipelago is the paradise of the fishermen and will definitely amaze you. During the crossing, you may even have the pleasure of seeing dolphins.
The big hold
Reserved for fishermen and stars coming from the mainland, it was built at the beginning of the First World War by the German prisoners of the Fort.
Commissioned October 15th in 1847, the lighthouse rises 39 meters above the highest seas.
Wanted by Napoleon III and completed in 1866, the fort housed 300 German and Austrian prisoners during the First World War and a small garrison of the Third Reich during the Second World War. Today it is inhabited by fishermen families.
Built in 1867 at the top of the Gros-Mont hill (highest point of the Big Island at 31 meters of altitude), the semaphore has been decommissioned since 1939.
Chausey contains six beaches of fine white sand, three of which are open to tourists and where you can swim. You will amso be able to find a farm in Blainville, one of the first buildings of the island.
Built around 1850, the chapel has stained glass windows made by Yves Durand from Saint-Front (son of Marin-Marie), a beautiful Louis XIV altar and two models of sailboats .
The Baudry and Lambert Towers
The Baudry and Lambert Towers are situated on the path to the lighthouse. These towers were erected in the middle of the 19th century, in order to put an end to quarrels between Granvillais and Cancalais.
A protected natural area
The natural heritage of Chausey is designated as a site of communal interest and is under special protection of the Natura 2000 European network. The archipelago is also a site of the Conservatoire du Littoral which owns parts of the Big Island and is awarded the 5000 ha of the maritime public domain of the archipelago. The management of this protected area is entrusted to SyMEL (Syndicat Mixte Littoral Spaces of the Channel). Two Guards of the Littoral are present all year round and take care of this exceptional heritage. To preserve this sensitive space, it is important to ensure compliance with the rules.
Naval painter and navigator Paul Marin Durand Couppel of Saint-Front (Marin Marie) considered Chausey his home port. He bought a house at the foot of the chapel.
Located on the west coast of the island, the castle built in 1559 was restored in 1923 by the industrialist Louis Renault, who fell in love with Chausey.