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.
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.
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.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
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.