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THE VILLERS-SUR-MER DYKE, BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE VILLAS
On one side, an endless sea; on the other side, a row of seaside villas, built in the second half of the 19th century.

Villers Tourisme
Villers Tourisme
J. Boisard

The Villers-sur-Mer dyke stretches over 800 m between the Cercle Nautique and the Greenwich Meridian.
On the east side of the dyke (towards Blonville-sur-mer), there’s a small esplanade pointing out the Greenwich Meridian. Villers-sur-Mer is the first French town to be crossed by the Meridian. Marked on the ground by an overhanging line, the longitude here is exactly 0!
At the end of the walk passing by the Cercle nautique, you’ll be down the Vaches Noires cliffs, a geological and palaeontological treasure. These 100-m high cliffs stretch over about 4.5 km between Villers-sur-Mer and Houlgate. They result from the accumulation of the marine sediments of the Jurassic era (about 160 million years ago) and the Cretaceous era (about 100 million years ago). Several marine and dinosaur fossils have been discovered in the different geological layers of the cliffs.

Visit the Paléospace l'Odyssée to discover the history of the Greenwich Meridian and learn how to recognize the different fossils found in the Norman rocks.

J. Boisard

The Vaches Noires cliffs

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The sailing school of the Cercle Nautique of VIllers-sur-mer Sail along the Vaches Noires cliffs