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The town of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is to the west of the Somme department of Picardy and south of Le Crotoy on the estuary of the Somme river. along with Le Crotoy and Le Hourdel it is one of three ports on the Somme Bay.

The town has various 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.

Exploring Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

France This Way comment: St-Valery-sur-Somme 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.

Row of colourful houses in the town centre

The most interesting part of the town 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 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 Saint-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, and  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,the most important is the Church of Saint-Martin, in 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.

Seafront museum in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Attractions nearby

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.

You will also want to visit Le Crotoy during your stay near the Bay of the Somme.

You can find more travel ideas in the Somme guide and the Picardy guide.

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Map of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and places nearby

Visit near Saint-Valery-sur-Somme with France This Way reviews

The Bay of the Somme

The Bay of the Somme

The Somme Bay is a large bay with a wide natural habitat

The Bay of the Somme guide
Le Crotoy

Le Crotoy

The long sandy beach is the main attraction in Le Crotoy, and the town is also very pleasant to explore

Le Crotoy guide
Ault

Ault

Ault is a small seaside town near the chalk cliffs of the Opal coast.

Ault guide
Abbeville

Abbeville

Abbeville makes a pleasant detour when you are exploring the Baie de Somme region, in particular to see the Collegiale Church of Saint-Vulfran

Abbeville guide
Fort-Mahon-Plage

Fort-Mahon-Plage

Both the beach itself and the resort of Fort-Mahon-Plage are among the most popular coastal destinations in Picardy

Fort-Mahon-Plage guide
Valloires abbey

Valloires abbey

Valloires abbey is an 18th century Cistercian abbey with formal gardens to explore

Valloires abbey guide

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Tourist classifications for Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)

Address: Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Abbeville, Picardy, 80230, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 50.188889, longitude 1.630556

Plan your visit to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Somme

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Herbarium des remparts: remarkable garden
  • Baie de Somme: grand site of france (3 km)
  • Pointe du Hourdel: site of natural beauty (5 km)
  • Parc du Marquenterre: site of natural beauty (9 km)
  • Réserve naturelle de la Baie de Somme: site of natural beauty (9 km)
  • Beffroi de Rue (Belfries of Belgium and France): heritage site (10 km)
  • Hable-d'Ault: site of natural beauty (12 km)
  • Forest-l'Abbaye: ville fleurie 4* (14 km)
  • Forêt de Crécy: site of natural beauty (15 km)
  • Beffroi d'Abbeville (Belfries of Belgium and France): heritage site (17 km)
  • Mers-les-Bains: secteur sauvegarde (22 km)
  • Eu: recommended detour (22 km)

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)

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