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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Manche

Picauville takes place at the heart of the Cotentin marshes, in the department of Manche. New town since 1 January 2016 following the merger of Amfreville, Cretteville, Gourbesville, Houtteville Vindefontaine and it is in the district of Cherbourg.

City Picauville was born from the fusion of Man and Isle-Marie in Year III, creating the site that it is today. Known in the nineteenth century for his hospice for the poor created by nuns, the town hosts since a venue for the insane.

This town in Normandy is no shortage of interest monuments, and passing visitors appreciate the charm. Picauville is ideally situated for exploring the rest of the Channel or take a walk along the coast.

Geographical information

Latitude49.3790260 (N 49° 22’ 44”)
Longitude-1.3999770 (W 1° 23’ 60”)
Surface area56.85 km²
Population3129 inhabitants
Density55 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureSaint-Lô (46 km, 43 min)
Insee code50400
IntercommunalityCC de la Baie du Cotentin

Nearest cities & towns

Beuzeville-la-Bastille3.6 km (7 min)
Étienville4 km (7 min)
Les Moitiers-en-Bauptois5.4 km (10 min)
La Bonneville5.8 km (9 min)
Carquebut7.6 km (10 min)
Sainte-Mère-Église8 km (11 min)
Appeville8.3 km (13 min)
Crosville-sur-Douve8.4 km (12 min)
Orglandes8.6 km (11 min)
Hautteville-Bocage9.3 km (12 min)
Blosville9.7 km (12 min)
Rauville-la-Place9.8 km (12 min)

Things to see and do

Charming, small town Picauville present its visitors an interesting and rich heritage in historical anecdotes.

Listed historic monument, Castle Isle-Marie is an old fortress that was strategic for centuries. The building has notably been the setting for a book by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, regional writer.

The Church of St. Candide, the thirteenth century, is also listed as an historic monument. You can admire a pretty simple nave and a beautiful sculpted cowl.

The mansions abound in the territory of Picauville, including that of La Haule sixteenth century Foirage which almost seems unfinished because of its somewhat unusual architecture, or that of Vains and his big round.

The presbytery of the seventeenth century, still has an old press which is now the lovely flower box. A terracotta angel statue, almost mystical, stands proudly in the center, without its wings.

The sixteenth-century priory is a beautiful architectural ensemble with a mix of medieval and Renaissance.

We do not miss the Castle Bernaville and its beautiful park, and the various marshes that surround the town of Picauville. Interesting in all seasons, they are subject to many guided tours or not, to discover the local fauna and flora.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

The market is held every Friday morning.

A Christmas market is organized by year end.

In May, the Joan of Arc festival brings together many curious. It reveals a parade of illuminated floats, fireworks and many festive activities.

party games, held in June, lets learn about different games suitable for all ages.

Detailed information

D-Day Festival Normandy
A festival in honour of freedom regainedMay / June 2018


Wednesday 18 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 17°C
Thursday 19 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 18°C
Friday 20 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 17°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tour of La Maison du Biscuit
Local flavoursFreeSortosville-en-Beaumont (23 km)
Cruise on a 15-metre sailboat
Nature and the great outdoors50 € to 480 € Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (33 km)
Trip or cruise on a live-in yacht, pro supervision
Nature and the great outdoors60 € to 600 € Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (34 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Willows
Village visitEasy1h00Fresville (7.4 km)
Cotentin Peninsula
Car itineraryEasy7h00Carentan-les-Marais (14 km)
Cape Circuit
HikeIntermediate3h00Barneville-Carteret (25 km)


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