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How do you visit Saint Valery-Sur-Somme?

How Do You Visit Saint Valery-Sur-Somme?

Plan your trip to Saint Valery sur Somme.

From Hidden Bay Hotel, Saint Valery is just over 12 Km away.

  • From Cayeux-sur-mer it’s easy to get to this city by bike or partly by bike and partly by train.
  • It is best to park your car outside the city centre. There are possibilities in the center but on a sunny day these are rather limited. Saint Valery car is limited in high season. It is best to leave your car at the Parking l’ Entree de Saint-Valery-sur-somme.
  • Travelling by train is really an experience. The Petit Train is a top attraction of the Somme Bay.

Determine your time of visit in function of the tides. Take into account if you want to go by boat or if you want to spot the seals in Cayeux.

What is

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is a municipality in the French department of Somme.

This place is sheltered at the mouth of the Somme and is part of the district of Abbeville. The municipality consists of a more modern lower town, focused on tourism and an older upper town.

The small steam train “le petit train”

And yes, you can literally experience this here.

The “Réseau des Bains de mer”, built in 1887, serves the stations of Cayeux-sur-Mer, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Noyelles-sur-Mer and Le Crotoy. The historic trains have been protected by the Association du Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme since 1971. They allow you to discover the railway heritage and the landscape of the Somme Bay: meadows, mollières, marshes, fields, … At the beginning of the 20th century, a Tortillard took tourists to the beaches of the Picardy coast.

In order to maintain the Cayeux-Saint-Valery-Le Crotoy line, a number of enthusiasts met in 1969 and the local authorities proposed a project for the tourist operation of the line. The project is in progress. The Association des Chemins de Fer de la Baie de Somme is set up. For more than 30 years, authentic Belle Epoque cars, pulled by brave steam locomotives, have been carrying tourists around the bay of the Somme.

 

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The Entrepot des Sels of Saint-Valery.

If you arrive in Saint Valery by steam train, you will first discover the old Entrepot des Sels.

You’ll notice that a thorough renovation has recently taken place. Le syndicat mixed the Baie de Somme that is responsible for tourism development tackled this property

This building reopened at the end of 2019. The new complex will house the tourist office, offices, a reception area and an auditorium with 315 seats, equipped with the latest acoustic technology.

The Entrepôt des Sels was built in 1733-1734 on the Quai Lejoille, which borders the city’s port. Salt brought in by boat was stored there before being redistributed inland. Sixty years after its construction, the warehouse lost its original function during the French Revolution, which put an end to the salt tax. It was taken over by the authorities in the 1980s and transformed into a protected building to allow European financing. Just enter and enjoy

La ville basse and Le Courtaing

Down town Saint Valery is a part of the city where you’ll find lots of shops that open the door for you. You can stroll along the Quai de Blavet and Rue de le Ferté. Here we have some favorite addresses

  • La sardine Cute gadgets, oysters and yes sardines
  • Inouïtoosh an exceptional collection of majolica and an expertise in graphic clothing.
  • Q the bouteille a second life for empty wine bottles , deco and scent water
  • Watterlot this delicious bakers due has an award as ourvrier de France
  • No shoes bike store, the owner speaks dutch and English

Le Courtaign

This small, charming and little-known neighborhood was the sailor’s neighborhood. The name means “small salary”. The district consists of a few narrow, sloping streets. The facades are colourful and often richly decorated with flowers. The Courtaing is cozy and makes you happy on a sunny day.

You can’t skip a walk on the quayside

Most of the quays at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme are named after famous captains who served during the Revolution or under Napoleon: Lejoille, Blavet, Perrée….

They are bordered by luxurious 19th century houses that belonged to more than 80 families. The quays have now been converted into a promenade and a wooden dike. They offer visitors the opportunity to take a pleasant stroll while enjoying the magnificent panorama of the Bay of Somme.

 

The beach by the river.

Saint Valery is located by the river and not by the sea otherwise you would speak of Saint Valery Sur Mer. At the end of the Quai Jeanne d’Arc, the most recent quay with the Quai Courbet (1860), is the beach, formerly known as “Les Bains de la Ville”, where all the good Parisian society came on holiday.

This beach is the ideal place for children who love sandcastles. Swimming is forbidden for safety reasons. High water can surprise by its power and the speed at which the water rises.

At low tide, however, you can make beautiful walks, with breathtaking views over the whole bay of the Somme. Fall in love on the spot and enjoy a sunset.

The upper city

In the old part of Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme there are still many charming streets, old gate buildings, a church and a special botanical garden. This district is built around an old abbey. The first signs of disciples date from 622 . This compact neighborhood is pleasant, robust and authentic. The power comes from feeding the ravages of time. Look for the highest places like the Calvary and enjoy an exceptional panorama Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme allows you to enjoy nature and its history to the fullest.

For Saint Valéry you can plan a half day. In peace and quiet, spend the night away from the hustle and bustle in the Hidden Bay Hotel.

The history of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

The origin

This very old city is sheltered at the mouth of the Somme. The site has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The Greeks settled in Saint-Valery, but has never been confirmed by archaeology.

The Gallic occupation has been confirmed since the 5th century BC. After the Roman conquest (-52 BC), the Roman presence on the banks of the ancient Bay of the Somme was very real. For centuries a Gallo-Roman “cohabitation” took place in relative peace. In the 5th century it was the great invasions from the north, the Franks who settled in our regions and mixed with the existing population. Around 500 it was the baptism of Clovis, king of the Franks.

The monk Gualaric….a story of William the Conqueror to rebuild after 1918 by yes the Chinese you can read more here

Good to know : Saint Wallaric

Saint-Valery is pronounced Valry because the name comes from the Germanic Wallaric in Saint-Wary, which explains the silent “e”. Walaricus in Latin. The name is not related to the Latin Valerius, hence Valère, and therefore not Valérie.

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