Divided between sea, marshland and countryside, the Cotentin Peninsula has many surprises in store. At La Hague Cape, vertiginous cliffs alternate with small sandy beaches; a magnificent panoramic path skirts the coastline as far as Cherbourg, where you can visit the Cité de la Mer in the former Gare Maritime Transatlantique (Transatlantic Ferry Terminal). Thanks to a mild and damp microclimate, tropical-looking gardens have flourished on the northeast coast, such as the botanic gardens at Vauville.
The marshland, a protected regional nature park, is an ideal spot for observing migratory birds. You can explore this bocage via the canals that criss-cross it.
Finally, Villes d'art are dotted about the verdant countryside, such as Coutances with its sumptuous cathedral, and Valognes, aptly nicknamed "Normandy's Versailles"; the villages steeped in history, including Ste-Mère-Église, are a reminder that the D-Day beaches are not far away.