Venture into Cap de la Hague, a wildly beautiful peninsula that has retained its traditional way of life, best expressed in the villages you'll see along the way.
Depart from the pier and drive west toward La Hague, a wonderfully scenic region on the tip of the Cotenin peninsula. The landscape here is incredibly diverse and features steep granite cliffs, hidden coves, leafy green valleys and small, well-tended fields. While sparsely populated, the peninsula is dotted with traditional villages, three of which you'll visit.
Approaching diminutive Port Racine, you may see goats and cows grazing the cliff-top pastures along the wild coastline. The port is officially the smallest in France and is immensely picturesque with its stone houses, seaside cafés and colorful fishing boats bobbing in the harbor. Following a stop here, you'll next make your way to nearby Goury which is equally charming and known for its towering off-shore lighthouse and beautiful crescent-shaped beach. Being relatively isolated, Goury is a rare treat not often seen by travelers.
Continuing on, you'll drive to Nez de Jobourg, a remote village located in perhaps the oldest geological portion of the peninsula, which dates back to the Pre-Cambrian Era. The surrounding cliffs are among the highest in Europe and, if the day is clear, you may be able to spot the Channel Islands in the distance. The area is also well regarded as a sanctuary for birds such as gulls, cormorants and fulmars, which nest in large colonies on the rock cliffs. Full of vivid images of this enchanting peninsula, you'll enjoy a leisurely drive back to the pier in Cherbourg.