"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
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 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.
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: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
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