In 1990, the island of Tatihou, off the coast of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue in theCotentin peninsula, became the property of the coastal protection Agency who presented the Manche General Council with a project for the restoration of this exceptional site. In 1992, exactly 300 years after the battle of Barfleur-La Hougue, the island was opened to visitors.
Over the years, knowledge of the island’s history has increased through the work of the site’s scientific team and historians, and following excavations and archaeological surveys on the island and in the Val de Saire.
Discover the history of this little piece of Normandy through the people who have lived there from Neanderthal men up to the present day, from peasants of the Bronze Age, to fishermen of the middle Ages, soldiers garrisoned in the forts, sailors in quarantine, biologists at the Museum of natural history, or children and teenagers. All have been part of the island and shaped its history.