St Germain sur Ay is a small French village situated on the west coast of the area of France known as the Cotentin peninsula and is just 4 kilometres from a large sandy beach.

Situated next to the salt marshes, St Germain sur Ay comprises of a village (bourg) and beach resort (plage).

The area immediately around St Germain is known as Le Havre de St German sur Ay and it lies within the National Park. Consisting of dunes and marsh land it has not been altered by buildings and is still used for sheep grazing. Its entrance from the sea is guarded by an old lookout post (the Corps de Garde) on a little rocky headland, which is now a chapel, (see picture La Bertheliere page). Several times a year the marshes are flooded at high tide - truly a spectacular sight as the tide comes in.

There are two circular walks from the plage - one going north and the other south. You can also walk round the marshes to the Corps de Garde from the gite and follow the hikers trail on to St Germain plage via the Point du Banc.

The Bourg

The Bourg - 1900 The Bourg - Today
The Epiciere/Bar Approaching La Bertheliere

St Germain Beach

Looking out to Jersey
Land Yachting Off to tend the Oysters Looking towards Jersey
Looking to the North Fireworks in July and August Looking to the South









Lying midway between Barneville-Carteret and Agon-Coutainville on the 'route touristique' St Germain sur Ay is virtually opposite Jersey and enjoys a similar climate. Ferries to Jersey run from Carteret and Granville during the summer.

Just out to sea mussels and oysters are cultivated along this stretch of coast.

Fields of carrots and leeks abound in this area. The sand carrots of Creances are a local speciality.

Creances supermarket is only 5 minutes from the gite.

Local markets are held throughout the year:


St Germain sur Ay : Thursday and Sunday morning in season;

Portbail : Tuesday morning; and

La Haye du Puits : on Wednesday morning.

La Haye du Puits (8 kms) was considerably damaged during the last world war; but it has been rebuilt as a lively, bustling little market town. The fašades of the shops in the main square are painted in pastel colours.

La Haye du Puits

La Haye du Puits


Lessay (7 kms) has an Abbey church dating from the time of William the Conqueror. During July and August there are a series of musical concerts and organ recitals which take place in the Abbey. The largest agriculural show (Foire) in Europe takes place here in September and attracts almost 500,000 visitors.

Pirou (7/8 kms) with its partly restored chateau containing a tapestry depicting its history is worth a visit.

Leeks & Carrots Corps de Garde
Lessay Abbey Foire de Lessay

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