Saint-Valery-sur-Somme on the Bay of the Somme, north of France
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Medieval citySaint-Valery sur-Somme

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, the medieval city

  • 40tableaux depicting ancient crafts at the Musée Picarvie
  • 4kayak and dugout clubs
  • 1monkey trail

A stunning heritage 

medieval architecture 

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme owes its rich and eventful history to its strategic position on a limestone promontory facing the Somme Bay. It has now become a member of the Most Beautiful Detours in France network. William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc both visited the medieval city.

You can stroll along the docks from the marina up to the Somme estuary. At the end of the docks, you can quench your thirst with your feet in the sand.

Take time to explore the medieval city, the remains of the city walls, the Harold towers, the little cobblestone streets decked with flowers, Saint Martin's church and its plaques. Go down through the sailors' quarter, known as the "Courtgain" because of their meagre earnings, to admire the quaintly colourful fishermen's houses. 



The most beautiful viewpoints

to be discovered 

  • The seafarers' calvary 
  • The Cap Hornu 
  • The seafarers' chapel

Tourist Information Offic
2 place Guillaume le Conquérant 
80230 Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme
Tel.: +33 (0)3 22 60 93 50



You can stroll along the docks, explore the remains of the city walls, the Harold towers, the little medieval garden and little cobblestone streets decked with flowers.
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The City Wall Herbarium

a charming garden 

Within the city walls lies a charming little garden where medieval plants are grown to make tincture and other medicine It used to be tended by nuns from the hospital. Lined with flint and pebble walls, it affords a colourful, bucolic walk. Nowadays, local chefs come to source edible flowers and plants for offbeat, original cuisine.

> City Wall Herbarium

Let's talk ToNicolas Méquin

Tourist Information Officer, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and Cayeux-sur-Mer

"In Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, you'll find a host of alternative ways to explore the bay: walks with a seasoned nature guide, meeting seals on a trip in a sea kayak or dugout, riding the railway round the Somme Bay, riding a steam train with Captain Forest on board the Commandant Charcot sailing boat, etc."