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Cherbourg, ideally situated as a port for both leisure craft and military ships has long been a centre for the French navy as well as a popular destination with local and international yachtsmen who enjoy the challenge of the choppy seas and challenging winds.

The town was once also the centre for transatlantic liners, and in its heyday saw many famous celebrities arrive or depart from the Gare Maritime. Now transformed into the Cite de la Mer, an impressive museum dedicated to the world undersea and exhibiting the world’s largest submarine open to the public, this building is an architectural reminder of the town’s glamorous past.

Cherbourg is known as France's Channel port and hosts connections with cruise ships and major yacht races. Located at the very North of Normandy’s substantial Cotentin Peninsula, it has a deep natural harbor and in the background steep wooded hills.

A lively town, with numerous quayside restaurants and hotels as well as a bustling commercial centre plus several colorful markets, Cherbourg also has one of the most exotic-looking buildings in the area—a 19th C ‘Italian-style’ theatre, vaguely reminiscent of Monaco’s Casino Square. For art lovers, the Tomas Henry Fine Arts Museum boasts a good collection of works by local artist Millet, and for visitors on the Second World War trail there is a Museum dedicated to the Liberation.

Access Cherbourg by ferry services from the UK and Ireland, plus regular trains from Paris. There are air links to Jersey and Paris.

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