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Autumn shades at Carentan – pictures by Sir Fabian

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. Head down a twisty river and through the lock into a long straight 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.

The boulangerie is about 20mins walk from the marina as is the Town. There are 2 or 3 restaurants near the marina included a very good Pizza restaurant.

Some people really like Carentan for its tranquillity and unique location. It was certainly the best marina for getting a good night’s sleep. Some felt the town was too far away and not much to see.…

Carentan Marina, Normandy

Contact Details

Communauté de Communes de la Baie du Cotentin
“Service Port de Plaisance”
Directeur: Denis LEPREVOST


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Marina Information

The Visitors pontoon is K pontoon although you may be allocated a different pontoon, based on the length of your boat. For 12m we were allocated P and Q which is a fair distance from the Harbour Office.

There are facilities alongside K pontoon in a “camouflaged” square building. It has 2 showers and 2 toilets each. It has good clean new facilities and uses the same code as the main block

Speed limit 3 knots once through the lock gate

LOCK GATE : When entering the harbour outside the peak périod, which is 1st June to 31st August, it is necessary to warn the lock keeper. A telephone is installed under the crow’s nest for this purpose. You should lift the receiver, wait until the message ends and hold on. We called on VHF 9 and had a good response.

SHOWERS : Showers are open in the main block from 8.30 a.m. until 17.30 p.m. from the 15th May until the 15th September, and from 8.30 a.m. until 17.00 p.m. for the rest of the year. Two showers are available 24 hours throughout the year and are accessed by a code.

VHF Channel 9

Tide times – see the attached tables – Carentan2018

Pilot Guide –……

30 visitor moorings

In June 2018 the following guide was published on the notice board

Car Rental / Hire cars

Carentan is the ideal location for hiring a car and seeing the Normandy cemeteries and museums in the area. The American and German cemeteries are close by as is the  Overlord Museum, D Day airborne experience, Omaha Beach, Point de Hoc and Les Braves. All well worth visiting and a great day out.

We rented through 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. 

We also used Europcar and although their map showed their office is by the church, it was actually 20mins cycle ride away in an industrial estate.

Restaurants –…