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Welcome to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme: the capital of the bay of Somme!

Nestling on the Opal Coast, in the Somme department in the Hauts-de-France region (formerly the Picardy region), Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is a charming seaside resort located opposite Le Crotoy, between Cayeux-sur-Mer and Fort-Mahon-Plage. Since 2020, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme has been part of the Baie de Somme - Picardie maritime regional nature park.

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is also, and above all, a medieval town recognised as one of the "Most Beautiful Detours in France" for the richness of its natural and cultural heritage. The town is part of an area that has been awarded the "Pays d'art et d'histoire" label. Its ramparts, cobbled streets and rich maritime past make it an ideal destination for nature and heritage lovers.

SOME KEY INFORMATION

  • Region: Hauts-de-France
  • County: Somme (80)
  • District : Communauté d'agglomération de la baie de Somme
  • Postcode: 80230
  • Population : 2394 habitants
  • Density : 228 inhab. / km2
  • People : Valericains et Valericaines
  • Surface area: 10 km2
  • Natural areas: the Baie de Somme, the largest estuary in northern France with almost 7,200 ha (classified as a Grand Site de France)
  • Famous people linked to the town: William the Conqueror, Harold II of England, Joan of Arc, Louis Braquaval

By the way, how do you pronounce the name Saint-Valery-sur-Somme? Saint-Valery is pronounced "Saint-Valry" (the "e" is silent), after an Irish monk - Gwalaric - who evangelised the region in the 7th century. Over time, the name changed to Walric, then Valéry. Another clarification: there is no accent on the "e" in Saint-Valery, because it does not come from the first name "valéry"!

WHY IS SAINT-VALERY-SUR-SOMME SO POPULAR WITH TOURISTS?

Less urban than some of the resorts on the Côte d'Opale, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme attracts many visitors. It's no coincidence that the medieval town is listed as one of the "Most Beautiful Detours in France"! Overlooking the Bay of the Somme, the city of William the Conqueror can be discovered on foot and with your nose in the air.

Once you've arrived at the marina, where more than 250 boats are moored, you'll immediately be seduced by the charm of this small medieval town. Saint-Valery-sur-Somme boasts an ancient built heritage that bears witness to a rich and eventful history.

The upper town, surrounded by ramparts, includes the former stronghold (now considered the town), with its old half-timbered houses, the walls of the former fortified castle and streets full of flowers in summer. A stone's throw away, the Abbaye district, the Saint-Valery of the peasants, houses the Chapelle des Marins on a promontory with a fine view over the bay.

The lower town is centred around the Ferté district, with its shopping street and numerous shops, the Courtgain district, a former seafarers' quarter with narrow streets and colourful houses, the port and the Chantier. Between the Quai Romerel and the medieval walls lies the Romerel district, a more recent resort area with its Belle Époque villas, testimony to the fashion for sea bathing at the end of the 19th century.

  • Address: 57/59 Quai Lejoille, 80230 Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. Telephone: 03 22 60 93 50.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO ON HOLIDAY TO SAINT-VALERY-SUR-SOMME?

The high tourist season, from June to September, attracts huge numbers of visitors. The population of the resort of St Valery multiplies. The weather is mild, the sun is out but not too hot in summer, and the town is very lively.

In spring and autumn, temperatures are cooler, but there are fewer tourists. Perfect for enjoying the seaside without the crowds. It's also easier to find a cheap hotel or campsite in Saint Valery sur Somme.

Late autumn and winter are ideal for water-based activities such as sailing, sand yachting and kitesurfing. It's often said that it always rains in Picardy! Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't rain more in Nord-Pas-de-Calais than elsewhere in France!

 
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Vous bénéficierez de mobil homes neufs. Ils sont composés de 1 à 3 chambres pour 2 à 6 personnes. Avec nos locatifs haut de gamme, tout est conçu pour vous faire passer un séjour tout confort à Saint Valery au Camping de la Croix L'Abbé. Votre mobil-home deviendra cet havre de paix que vous aurez plaisir à retrouver au retour de vos excursions en Baie de Somme.

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