Cotentin, “a life-size playground where all activities are possible”

David Margueritte launched the tourist season with Odile Thominet (right), vice president in charge of cultural heritage and tourist and leisure facilities for the urban area, and Françoise Lerossignol, department councilor and chairman of the territory commission for the Ouve valley. (© La Presse de la Manche)

Chairman of Cotentin Agglomeration and chairman of Cotentin Tourist Office, David Marguerite just launched the tourist season in front of the castle Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte (Sleeve).

“Cotentin was united five years ago and tourism is one of the most important added values ​​”, he emphasized on this occasion, accompanied by Odile Thominet, Vice-President responsible for the cultural heritage and tourism and leisure facilities of the urban area, Françoise Lerossignol, Ministerial Council and President of the Vallée de l’Ouve Territorial Commission and Stéphanie Ries , Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Tourism.

A strong and unique identity

Since its inception, the Agglomeration, which is competent for the promotion of tourism, has built a strategy for develop the offer within the scope of its territory. “Although the Cotentin Tourist Office appears to be the actual armed wing of the Agglomeration to develop a tourist attraction, this could not be done without synergy between tourism professionals in the area “, Insists David Margueritte.

If the symbolic launch of the season took place at Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomteis that the municipality, the brand green stationhas many assets to seduce ecotourism enthusiasts.

“We have one of the most beautiful areas in the world and we can be proud of it. From our extensive beaches, via the coastal path or our bocage landscapes, Cotentin has a strong and unique identity.”

David Marguerite

1,900 kilometers of hiking trails

“We are lucky to be able to offer tourists a playground in life size, where all activities are possible, possibly water activitiesthe traces of hiking or the discovery of our inheritance so rich. »

“The Ouve Valley and the municipality of Saint-Sauveur are the embodiment of this diversity.”

David Marguerite

Between medieval castle where the art and history country Clos du Cotentin offers visits, theater readings, sung walks and entertainment for the whole family throughout the summer, the leisure centerwhich is one of the 17 nautical bases in Cotentin, but which is the only one offering freshwater activities with kayaking (2,666 people between June and September 2021), and the banks of the Ouvefor hiking and biking, the sector is really pampered and offers many opportunities for tourists who do not (only) want to laze in the sand.

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“With nearly 1,900 kilometers of hiking trails throughout the territory, Cotentin is a dream playground for lovers of this practice. These trails are a real tool for discovering natural spaces. They have the advantage of being accessible to both beginners and experienced hikers or mountain bikers.”

Odile ThominetVice-President of the Agglomeration

Tutorials for sale

“To improve this asset, the Agglomeration and the Tourist Office have hired a hiking and biking program “, she clarifies.” This is a structuring axis in Cotentin’s tourism development strategy. »

“The stakes are high because for many tourists, meeting Cotentin is often synonymous with love at first sight!”

Odile Thominet

Guides on trails and hiking will be put up for sale at the Cotentin Tourist Office at the end of June 2022 at a cost of 10.80 euros.

From our correspondent Jean-Yves PICHARD

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