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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Manche

Portbail - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Manche

The town itself is situated on a natural harbor surrounded by dunes south side and grassy with grazing salt marsh north side. The two churches (one on the edge of the harbor, the other approximately 200 m away), corresponded to two separate parishes: Portbail (the edge of the harbor) and Gouey (more inland). It is the church of the latter who became the parish church of St. Martin. Portbail was a commercial port at the Gallo-Roman and early Christian, then a ground installation Viking latter having quickly acculturated.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude49.3356590 (N 49° 20’ 8”)
Longitude-1.7000230 (W 1° 42’ 0”)
Surface area19.56 km²
Population1707 inhabitants
Density87 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Lô (61 km, 56 min)
Insee code50412
IntercommunalityCC de la Côte des Isles

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Lô-d'Ourville2.4 km (4 min)
Le Mesnil4 km (5 min)
Saint-Georges-de-la-Rivière4 km (6 min)
Saint-Jean-de-la-Rivière5.2 km (8 min)
Denneville5.3 km (8 min)
Canville-la-Rocque5.5 km (9 min)
Fierville-les-Mines7.2 km (9 min)
Saint-Maurice-en-Cotentin8.1 km (10 min)
Besneville8.1 km (10 min)
Barneville-Carteret8.4 km (11 min)
La Haye-d'Ectot8.9 km (9 min)
Neuville-en-Beaumont9.9 km (13 min)
Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont10 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

A baptistry pool dating from the Gallo-Roman was updated in 1956 during excavations preceding the construction of a school. It is visible behind the town hall. It is the only hexagonal baptistery existing today on the banks of the Loire, is made of recycled materials from the Gallo-Roman.

The church Notre-Dame, whose construction began in the 11th century and whose bell tower acts of bitter (fire frequency defined, like a lighthouse), the channel is cluttered with rocks and sandy shoals. The church hosts many exhibitions (painting and sculpture) throughout the season from April to September and a few concerts.

The beach can practice several water sports and sand yachting. The hinterland is conducive to hiking.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Every 4th Saturday of the month, book fair and postcards.

Port Bail music the weekend closest to June 21

Norman Day in mid-July with fireworks.

Day shipping mid-August.

Garage sale on the penultimate Sunday of August.


The Notre Dame
The Notre Dame
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Harbourfront Portbail
Harbourfront Portbail
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Wednesday 29 march
Min. 11°C - Max. 15°C
Thursday 30 march
Min. 10°C - Max. 19°C
Friday 31 march
Min. 11°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Sightseeing: Church Canville la Rocque with frescoes depicting the Legend of "hanging depended. Circuit marked around Canville la Rocque.

Le Manoir du Parc, Saint-Lô-d'Ourville.

A Carteret, in addition to Cape Town, along the rue des Ormes: at No. 1 is the house where Barbey d'Aurevilly spent his holidays. The street in front of sea, consists mainly of owners of houses Carteret, dating from the 18th century, some still bear the plaque indicating their date of manufacture and name of original owner.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit of the Maison du Biscuit
Local flavoursFreeSortosville-en-Beaumont (9.8 km)
Cruise on a 15-metre sailboat
Nature and the great outdoors50 € to 480 € Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (34 km)
Trip or cruise on a live-in yacht, pro supervision
Sports sensations75 € to 660 € Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (35 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Cape Circuit
HikeIntermediate3h00Barneville-Carteret (6.3 km)
The Willows
Village visitEasy1h00Fresville (27 km)
Cotentin Peninsula
Car itineraryEasy7h00Carentan-les-Marais (33 km)


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