Not far from Dieppe is a quaint little beach called Sainte Marguerite sur Mer. A few weeks ago, the kids had a day off of school and we decided to take a ride to the coast to see the ocean. Our day started out in Dieppe, but it was crowded and we thought it lacked any real charm. We were disappointed but decided to ride down the coast a bit to see if we could find a wilder and less populated beach. We drove into Sainte Marguerite sur Mer. At first sight, it reminded us a bit of Veules-les-Roses. However, upon further inspection, although wilder, less populated and pretty, we found both the beach and seaside town in Sainte Marguerite sur Mer pale in comparison to our beloved Veules-les-Roses! (See the link above to see photos of Veules-les-Roses.) Following are a few photos of the beaches in Dieppe and Sainte Marguerite sur Mer.
In Dieppe. I admit the sky was spectacularly blue, but we didn’t find any particular charm to this seaside town. There is however, a wide boardwalk lined with tourist shops. And like in Veules-les-Roses, you’ll find a beachfront swimming pool and large playground for the children.
We stopped for a quick snack on the beach before continuing our exploring…
Here is my sweet Elena as we left Dieppe with the characteristic Normandy coast cliffs in the background! I do admit the cliffs are beautiful!
After driving south on the coast for about 30 minutes, we arrived in Sainte Marguerite sur Mer. We decided to get out of the car and explore. The beachfront was a lot less commercialized and a lot less crowded. More our style. And you can still see the gorgeous cliffs that line the entire Normandy coast.
You won’t find many if any sandy beaches in Normandy! Unless you show up at low tide…
The beach was more wild than in Dieppe and we found it at low tide with wide puddles of shallow water on the sandy shore.
It’s still too cold to play in the water, but Rémy would not be appeased until I removed his shoes and let him dip his feet… As his toes touched the water, he suddenly decided it was way too icy. He yanked his feet and legs backward, we lost our balance and into the water and pebbles we went!
Gabriela opted for artwork on the softer wet sand on the shore thanks to the low ebb.
And finally, this is my favorite photo of Sainte Marguerite sur Mer. I love the layers of textures and colors….
pebbles, sand, water, more pebbles, seaweed, water, seagulls, more sand, little people and the endless blue sea….
All in all, I was still able to capture a few gorgeous moments and of course it was a peaceful day together as a family. But both Dieppe and Sainte Marguerite sur Mer fell short of our expectations and left us craving something more (maybe we’ve become too spoiled!). No matter the reason, we think we’ll keep exploring this Normandy of ours!