Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Picardy: tourism & sightseeing
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The town of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is found towards the west of the Somme department of Picardy, south of Le Crotoy on the estuary of the Somme river. It is one of three ports on the Somme Bay; along with Le Crotoy and Le Hourdel.
The town has certain historical sites to discover, and is also close to the important natural environment of the Somme Bay, making St-Valery-sur-Somme one of the most visited towns in the region.
This is one of our favourite towns in the area. The main pleasure of a visit is simply the chance to explore the historic centre of St-Valery, with its medieval houses and narrow streets to explore - the most interesting region is just behind the harbour in the streets where the sailors and fishermen traditionally had their homes in small colourful cottages. This area is known as the Courtgain quarter.
You will also find a good number of cafes and other facilities, and if you can arrange your visit for a Wednesday or Sunday the local market is held and the town at its most lively.
Below the main town you can also stroll along the water front promenade looking out across the water on one side and admiring some beautiful houses on the other. Walk a little further to see the boats in the town pleasure-boats harbour. All in all this is a lovely walk.
The most imposing medieval site in St-Valery-sur-Somme is the 'Guillame Towers', two substantial stone towers that stand either side of a stone gateway into the town.
You can also see the stone base that is all that remains of a tower where it is said that King Harold was held prisoner in the 11th century. It is called the Tour Harold after this event.
There is another impressive medieval building above the Porte de Nevers in the town.
The garden called the Herbarium des Remparts, concealed next to the ramparts of the town, is officially classified as a French 'remarkable garden' and has a remarkable range of plants and flowers squeezed into what is really quite a small garden.
The enthusiasm for gardening spreads into the streets of the town where you will see lots of baskets of flowers and hanging baskets, adding a great deal of colour to a visit - the town is officially classified as a 3* Town in Bloom ('ville fleurie').
Among the religious landmarks of note the most important is the Church of Saint-Martin, an unusual design constructed in part from alternating white and black rocks to create a patterened effect. The Chapel des Marins in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme also has this unusual design.
There is a famous 60 year old boat called the Somme II (officially classified as a Historic Monument!) that departs from Saint-Valery-sur-Somme with passengers to tour the Somme Bay during the summer months - see details of prices, opening season and reservations at Somme II tours.
After you have explored Saint-Valery-sur-Somme we suggest you explore the Bay of the Somme, either on a boat trip or by following one of the many marked trails or cycle routes around the bay. The Bay of the Somme has been classified as a "Grand Site of France" because of its importance as a wetland habitat.
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Address: Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Abbeville, Somme, Picardy, 80230, France || GPS: latitude 50.188889, longitude 1.630556
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Herbarium des remparts: remarkable garden
- Baie de Somme: grand site of france (3km)
- Pointe du Hourdel: site of natural beauty (5km)
- Parc du Marquenterre: site of natural beauty (9km)
- Réserve naturelle de la Baie de Somme: site of natural beauty (9km)
- Beffroi de Rue (Belfries of Belgium and France): heritage site (10km)
- Hable-d'Ault: site of natural beauty (12km)
- Forest-l'Abbaye: ville fleurie 4* (14km)
- Forêt de Crécy: site of natural beauty (15km)
- Beffroi d'Abbeville (Belfries of Belgium and France): heritage site (17km)
- Mers-les-Bains: secteur sauvegarde (22km)
- Eu: recommended detour (22km)
Market days in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France
Regular market(s) are held in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme each Sunday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme (Francais)