La Manche, on the Cotentin’s west coast is quite different. The peninsula’s exposed position opens it up to much more W to NW Atlantic swell than the rest of the English Channel – and especially in southerly winds there are perfect cross-shore conditions, hence spots like Siouville and Sciotot rank among the best in Europe. The Gulf Stream ensures water temperatures don’t dip below 10°C (Channel Islands included), even in winter. But a glance at the tide tables is crucial to avoid a vain search for water at low tide. Scenically, the Cotentin is reminiscent of Ireland ... only warmer, with palm trees! If the wind’s a long time coming, the enigmatic ‘Mont Saint Michel’ and its elaborate carved cloister is a good day out.
Spots in La Manche
La Potière, Carteret