Rade de Cherbourg

The maritime town of Cherbourg boasts the largest manmade harbour of Europe, covering a massive 1,500ha/3,700 acres. With three dikes, it stretches for over 6km/4mi and has three main forts. Construction began in 1738 and lasted for 70 years! At the time, this major building projects was sparked by a desire to defend the French coastline. A national monument, still standing despite battles and wars, it is best explored on a boat trip.

Useful information

Address:

Avenue Cessart, 50100 Cherbourg

Nearby tourist attractions

Cherbourg's Church of the Trinity
Cherbourg's Church of the Trinity
Cherbourg
0:15
Place Napoleon
Place Napoleon
Cherbourg
0:15
Cherbourg's Military port (Arsenal)
Cherbourg's Military port (Arsenal)
Cherbourg
0:15
Cité de la Mer Cité de la Mer
Cité de la Mer
Cherbourg-Octeville
2:00
Emmanuel Liais Museum
Emmanuel Liais Museum
Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
1:00
Emmanuel Liais Park
Emmanuel Liais Park
Cherbourg-Octeville
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