The harbourside city of Cherbourg is situated on the Cotentin Peninsula in northwestern France. Its official name is Cherbourg-Octeville; the two cities merged to become one in 2000. Impressively, there are four working harbours here: the primary French boating port, a commercial port, a fishing port and a military port. Cherbourg embodies all things nautical, and when you hire a car from Auto Europe, you will be able to dive right into the charming seaside culture of this region.
Cherbourg was first settled by the Vikings and established as a port in the 790s. Today it is a bustling seaport that boasts modern amenities and old-world charm. Water sports are a significant tourist attraction in Cherbourg. You can partake in kayaking and sailing, or thrill seekers will enjoy scuba diving, windsurfing and waterskiing. If you don't like the idea of getting wet, don't worry, there are several guided boat tours from which you can choose.
Cherbourg has some incredible gardens; they are so extraordinary that the city has earned the distinguished title of Quatre Fleurs, Four Flowers. The climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream which provides an ideal environment for exotic plants to grow. Surprisingly, palm trees thrive in this northern French city. All of Cherbourg's public and botanical are pesticide free and are kept hydrated through water recycling.
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