Carentan Marina – Richard says this marina is very good. Carendan is down a river then a canal that goes over the road. Many restaurants and a lovely peaceful place – even a swimming pool on the other side of the canal. Needs to be seen to be believed as it is a massive metal tank on stilts.
Carentan is good fun to get to whilst it is a long way around the top past Cherbourg and down the other side you see land nearly all the way and there is Barfleur drying harbour to pop into to break the monotony. Head down a twisty river and through the lock into a long strait canal. The road goes under the canal.
They had the foresight to install more poles for pontoons than they needed so don’t think when entering the marina area they are some sort of markers – they aren’t, so stick to stbd side of the canal. Carentan was well bombed during WWII and is mainly made up of post war buildings with a few historical ones remaining.
Car Rental / Hire cars
We rented through http://www.francecars.fr/ who were very helpful and efficient. Where it says “Modifier l’agence” on the web site, type in Cherbourg and then a drop down list should show Dielette, Carteret Yacht Club, Saint Vaast, Carentan Gare SNCF and of course Cherbourg. They delivered the car on a truck.