Bay of the Somme, as pure as nature can be

The first thing you notice when getting out of the car or bus at the Bay of the Somme is the chirping birds.
The tidal river creates a lively landscape. It is primitive, pure beauty, with marshes and bird sanctuaries. Copious vegetation keeps the area succulent and shady. The Somme estuary, the sea and the dunes are the natural decor for a multitude of attractions. There are many other interesting sites in the wider area. Amiens is a must, with its lavish gothic cathedral, medieval wooden houses, decorative and kitchen gardens in the middle of the city, and its grand pedestrian shopping streets.

Near the Bay of the Somme
The Bay of the Somme (it’s actually an estuary) covers an area of 72 km2. The landscape moves constantly. The immense, sometimes dry then once again inundated expanses contain saline pastures (mollières) where flocks of sheep graze. The marshes provide food for large groups of birds.
The Somme estuary is surrounded by a cycling path and a sightseeing steam train. You can fish, walk across the mud flats, ride horse, and play golf. You’ll end up in picturesque resorts like the Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme marina, the historic port of Le Hourdel and the authentic seaside resort of Le Crotoy.

Winged and other fauna
The region around Cayeux is a bird paradise. During the migration period, 200 to 300 species of birds have been counted. There are three bird sanctuaries in the area: Hâble d’Ault, Le Hourdel and Marquenterre.
In the Maison de l’Oiseau (between Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme and Cayeux-sur-Mer) eagles, buzzards, falcons, owls and vultures circle just above your head. From the road you can spot herons and storks, so don’t forget your binoculars. Many other fauna keep you company in the region. While crossing the Somme estuary (escorted by a guide) you might even come across seals!

Chalk cliffs and Mers-les-Bains
If you leave Cayeux and travel south along the coast, you’ll see the chalk cliffs in the distance. The elegant belle époque seaside resort Mers-les-Bains is located just north of Le Tréport. If you saunter along the promenades you’ll see villas in a diversity of styles.

Discover more
You’ll find more information on the websites of Cayeux-sur-Mer and the Somme tourism department:

Here you’ll find more information about Somme region cycling routes.

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