Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is a charming seaport surrounded by ancient ramparts. The town enjoys a picturesque setting on the River Somme estuary and is brimming with medieval charm. Explore the charming historic centre, set sail on a seal-watching tour and enjoy some of the freshest seafood in France.
Things to do in Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme
From flower-filled streets to centuries-old churches, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme oozes historic charm. Also known as Courtgain, the sailor’s quarter is filled with colourful townhouses built by local fishermen. As you stroll around Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, you’ll be retracing the footsteps of famous figures like William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc.
The town overlooks the Bay of Somme Bay, a wildlife-rich area best explored by boat. Tours get you up close with seal colonies and other marine animals. Cycling tours are a relaxing way to enjoy the River Somme and the surrounding countryside.
The City Wall Herbarium is a green oasis in the heart of the historic centre. The beautiful walled garden was once maintained by nuns from the local hospital and is filled with medicinal plants. Today, many restaurants source herbs and edible flowers from the garden. Discover the ancient trades of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme at the Picarvie Museum. It’s dedicated to the craftspeople of yesteryear and features exhibits on baking, blacksmithing, weaving and other professions.
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme restaurants serve ocean-fresh mussels, shrimp and shellfish, as well as local specialties like salt marsh lamb topped with capers and crunchy “samphire” sea asparagus. Bakeries will tempt you with melt-in-your-mouth “gateau battu” cake made with butter and egg yolks.
Getting around Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme
Pedestrian-friendly Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is easy to get around on foot. Bikes are a fun and eco-friendly way to get from A to B. Trains run between Paris and Saint-Valery-sur-Somme in three hours. The town is a 1.5-hour drive from the Eurotunnel and the Calais ferry.