Rozel cape, Surtainville

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Le Cap du Rozel

Le Rozel owes its name to the reeds that grow in abundance on the territory of the municipality. From the heights overlooking the sea down to the village of Rozel the view is splendid. It includes the village itself, which is nestled between the castle and the church, the sea and the cliff of Le Pou.

Whether in glorious sunshine or a bracing stormy wind it's always wonderful to stride out on the Cap du Rozel. If the weather is right you can see the Channel Islands and the fury of the elements, the always superb colours changing with the seasons. The statue at the top of the village is called Stella Maris (Star of the Sea), Our Lady of Mariners, erected in the mid 20th century by Father Leblond and local fishermen to protect seafarers. It is visible from the GR223 hiking trail and as recently as twenty years ago she used to be part of a procession held every two years on August 15.

Outside the tourist season, Le Rozel is a haven of peace.

Le Pou is a village at the foot of Cap du Rozel close to the sea where houses were huddled against each other to better defend themselves from the west wind.

 

Surtainville

Surtainville marks the beginning of the sand dunes which stretch all the way to the Pointe de Carteret. Known as "les mielles", they were formed over centuries as the sand was chased from the beach by the wind. They are fragile. A small breach in the sparse vegetation can lead to lots of damage as the break is amplified by the wind.

The heights of Surtainville offer a unique panoramic view over the immensely wide bay and the Channel Islands - only one hour away by boat. Don't miss the three villages of Mare du parc with its baking ovens, the Hamlet of  Bégin and Le Pou with its perfectly preserved Vauban pillbox..