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.