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This page outlines this area of Normandy, for more information on activities available in the area please click here, and for some useful weblinks to other sources of information available on the internet please click here.

Surtainville is the closest village.

Within a 30-minute walk, 15-minute cycle ride, or a 7-minute drive brings you to the closest village, Surtainville. Here you will find a boulangerie, selling bread and cakes, stamps, cigarettes, and newspapers; and a general store, which is adequate for every day needs.

By the lake there is a Buvette, a café/bar, serving drinks and snacks. There is also a play and picnic area, with tennis courts, skateboard ramps and table tennis tables.

On Thursday evenings there is a Summer Market by the campsite, signposts from Surtainville centre.

Rambling, cycling and bird watching are all available within the locality

Les Pieux is about 15 minutes by car, north of Surtainville with two large supermarkets, Intermarche and Super U, as well as many small shops, banks, bars and restaurants. Check out the menus for a good lunchtime deal.

Also there are a horse riding stables and a swimming pool.

Friday is market day at Les Pieux .... lots of craft and produce stalls, and sausage and frites freshly cooked makes a great lunch.

10/15 minutes away by car towards the south, is Barneville a town with a large supermarket, Champion, just before the main square.

In the village centre there are banks and small shops together with numerous bars and restaurants serving a very good set lunch for about 11-15 euros per person.

Saturday is market day, lots of fresh and locally grown produce, farm cheese, sausage, cider, calvados, as wells as crafts and clothing stalls. Pizzas and croque monsieur are worth a try, hot off the van.

Just a short drive away from Barneville is the fishing port of Carteret well known for its fish restaurants. Here there are a few shops and bars, most of the restaurants are down by the port.

The tourist train goes to Portbail market on a Tuesday from Carteret “station”, this is well worth a trip and you can order a lunch, which is served on the return trip. Very good value.

During the high season there is a ferry to Jersey, you will need to take your passport with you and check out dates, times, etc. locally. Market day is Thursday, often there is a flower market on a Sunday, and this is advertised through the Tourist Information Office.

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