Blainville-sur-Mer is a coastal town of the Channel, in the Normandy region, on the west coast of Cotentin. Located precisely on the Côte des Havres (a series of natural harbors suitable for mooring), the resort is 12 km west of Coutances and 40 km west of Saint-Lô.
Already known in the eleventh century as a point of departure for fishing and towards the Channel Islands, the small town had an important maritime activity which lasted until the 19th century, then the silting up of the "natural" port and competition from boats With steam lost its attractiveness to Blainville-sur-Mer.
Beginning in the 1960s, several developments allowed the development of oyster farming, and the town also turned to tourism, its beach separated from the marshes by dunes of rich biodiversity, contrasting with the inland part of the landscape. grove.
Also based on a historical heritage of quality, Blainville-sur-Mer which has some 1,600 inhabitants is a legitimately prized family tourist resort.
Some buildings deserve a visit before enjoying the pleasures of the beach... This is the case of the Saint-Pierre church, of Romanesque style. Its square bell tower of granite with a hexagonal arrow dates from the twelfth century, the choir and the porch of the fifteenth. In the 19th century, stained glass windows and a neo-Gothic high altar made of stone from Caen came to embellish the church, which also houses two polychrome wooden statues (17th or 18th) inscribed on the supplementary inventory of historic monuments.
Also worth seeing is the chapel of Notre-Dame de Gonneville, also known as the Sailors' Chapel. Built in the 15th century, it houses a wooden statue of the Virgin of the fifteenth and numerous ex-votos in the form of models of ships. From the nineteenth century to the first war, the chapel was frequented by "morutiers" who came to place themselves under the protection of Notre-Dame before embarking for Newfoundland.
The chapel is free of access although it still belongs to the manor of Gonneville (15th, partly classified), whose square shape with a turret enclosing a staircase is characteristic. It is private property.
In the small town itself, a walk in the Rue de Bas, known as the Rue des Libraires, allows visitors to admire several mansions and residential mansions built by printers from the commune who had made a fortune in the trade Old books and lithographs.
On the sea side, the Sénéquet lighthouse was built in 1860, about 3 km from the shore. It is 24 m high.
There are also some old fishermen's houses on the coast that have been restored.
These different elements of the heritage as the sensitive natural spaces of the littoral are included in hiking trails that can be carried out individually or guided. Brochures and information on +33 2 33 07 90 89 or +33 2 33 05 98 70.
On the beach, besides lazing around and swimming, the practice of fishing at low tide is popular. If sailing clubs are based in the neighboring communes, Atou'Vent regularly proposes kitesurfing (except July and August) and sailing (all year round). The equipment is provided. Information on +33 6 63 71 39 11.
Last but not least, economic tourism... and gourmet, visits of oyster farming facilities are possible. This is the case at the aquaculture cooperative. Reservation on +33 2 33 47 13 47. Other producers are also opening their doors. For more information, please call +33 2 33 07 90 89.
On Ascension Thursday, in May, "Seamstresses and creative hobbies" at the party hall of Blainville-sur-Mer. Free entry.
On the first Sunday in June, the oyster fair and garage sale, all day, at the Cale de Gonneville in Blainville. Information and reservations at +33 2 33 07 95 15.
On the 3rd Sunday of November, toys and books for children in the village hall.
The first weekend of December, Christmas market in the presence of local producers at the village hall.