"Saint-Valéry and the Bay de Somme" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme by Martinewezel

Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme Travel Guide: 76 reviews and 148 photos

Baie (Bay) de Somme and St-Valéry

Located in Picardy, at the large estuary of the river Somme in northern France, this bay is a famous ecological and residential area.

I appreciated not only the wild scenery, but especially the charming little villages with stunning old houses, castles, churches and chapels. Each bend hides another surprize.

St- Valéry, the main town, with it's Medieval old town and maritime quarters with picturesque narrow streets and houses is quite touristic. It can be very crowded in high season.

The estuary

The estuary is flat and sandy. Interesting for a walk in the swamps at low tide along the fishy ponds. The flora and fauna are typical. There is also a special kind of grass growing in the estuary, called "salicorne". You can pick and taste during your walk. The best period for this is from May until July. Later it becomes bitter and dry.

La première vague (the first wave)

The salty meadows daily flooded by the sea at high tide, are full of grazing sheep at low tide.
Very special is the so-called "première vague" (the first wave).
Not to miss! The first wave at upcoming tide in the bay is faster an stronger than anyone could imagine.
Run before the water outruns you!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A real French town without fuss.
  • Cons:If this can be called a con: no nightlife :-)
  • In a nutshell:A very popular day trip town
  • Last visit to Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 10, 2011
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  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Very useful to know that Monday is not a good day to go. Great page Martine, thank you.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2010 at 1:42 AM

    Lovely page! What a beautiful town, such 'cute' homes, the unusual chequerboad design, and so much more, thanks for the nice photo's too!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2008 at 5:25 AM

    Cool page, looks like a great place to unwind, Martine.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2008 at 8:09 AM

    Sounds like a lovely place to visit -- but perhaps on some other day besides Monday. I think I'd like the hiking and the steam train.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2007 at 11:52 PM

    I was born not far from St Valery but have left long ago! Thanks for this virtual visit! I should pay a visit for real, someday! Do you know that St Valery is well known among gardeners for its carrots? St Valery carrots variety is the best!

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2006 at 9:24 AM

    Mooie foto's and interessante tips over een fantastische streek. Goed gedaan, Martine. Jean-Pierre

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2006 at 2:14 PM

    I'd love to go there for a weekend. The hotel looks great!

  • FarmerFun's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2006 at 10:15 PM

    What a beautiful destination. I am starting to plan my next trip to include this lovely destination.


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