Cherbourg offers everything you could want from a seaside town in France – beautiful gardens, cute little shops and appetising restaurants. As a port, however, Cherbourg is a maritime institution, playing major roles in early transatlantic travel, submarine building and nautical pastimes. One look at its massive man-made sea wall or its bustling piers and any seafaring adventurer will feel right at home here.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
La Cité de la Mer is a museum, aquarium and oceanographic centre all rolled into one. Learn about man's underwater adventures in the Ocean Exhibition, which includes aquatic galleries and an impressive collection of sea life. Then explore the decommissioned nuclear submarine La Redoutable, which served the French military for more than 20 years.
A variety of nautical events and races take advantage of Cherbourg's man-made harbour. Past events have included the Mondial Assistance Challenge, the Cutty Sark, the Figaro's Solitary and the Europe's Race.
Whether you're hunting for a rare wine or a unique souvenir, Cherbourg offers shopping experiences aplenty. Browse around the open-air markets in front of the theatre or in the Old Town district. Or venture into the maze of cobblestone streets and fancy boutiques just behind the waterfront.
France's official currency is the euro (EUR). Credit cards and traveller's cheques are also widely accepted.
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