In 1692 the naval Battle of La Hougue took place between the English and the French close to the island of Tatihou. The so-called Vauban Tower (Tour Vauban de Tatihou) was built in 1694. In 1756 the surroundings of La Hougue were defended by many batteries and forts, but the lack of regular maintenance ensured that these quickly fell into disrepair. In 1720 Tatihou was used for quarantining plague victims from Marseilles.

Vauban Tower is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vauban Fortifications around the France.

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Founded: 1694
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Helga Westerhoff (7 months ago)
Ein wunderbares Erlebnis - nicht zuletzt für die Kinder. Mit den Amphibienboot fahren wir auf die Insel. Geniessen dort viel Ruhe und Muse. Besonders attraktiv ist ein kleiner botanischer Garten mit Sitzplätzen im Schatten. Und schließlich gehen wir durch die Bucht (fast) trockenen Fusses wieder zurück - vorbei an den nun sichtbaren Austerntischen. Das Erlebnis wird durch eine abendliche Austernmahlzeit in einem Restaurant im Hafen perfekt.
amandine morel (10 months ago)
Il faut profiter des grandes marrée c'est magnifique. Visite très agréable vue supremante. Casier d'huîtres à perte de vu. Le transport en bateaux est rapide et c'est un peu plus long de rentrer par la plage lors des marrée basse.
Catherine Boitel (11 months ago)
Une très belle découverte pour ce week-end d'Août 2018 , la formule tout compris avec la nuit sur l'île est plus que raisonnable, le dîner et petit déjeuner au top très copieux et un régal félicitations au chef et au serveur . Nous avons un peu moins aimer le restaurant du fort beaucoup trop bruyant et moins sympa question rapport qualité prix. la visite du musée bien, seul bémol le manque d'entretien des jardins de l'île. Sinon à refaire à une autre saison.
Katia Leduc (11 months ago)
Endroit magique... Ses petites plages cachées sont magnifiques, l'île se visite sur la journée. Il y a un restaurant sur l'île où les repas sont très bon et le prix est tout à fait correct. La traversée pour rejoindre l'île se fait sur un petit bateau. Il faut juste faire attention aux horaires de traversée. Je conseille vivement cet endroit aux familles avec enfants, il y beaucoup de choses à leur faire découvrir. Et 'es personnes seules peuvent y passer un superbe moment de farniente.
JACQUES GUY (11 months ago)
en saison il est recommandé de faire une réservation par téléphone, se présenter un bon quart d'heure avant l'heure l'heure du départ prévu qui vous est elle aussi indiqué par téléphone car ils se font en fonction de l'heure des marées bien sûr avec un plus c'est que à marée basse vu que le bateau est amphibie et sur roues et tu peux aller pour revenir de l'Île en roulant et non en navigant. Bien se présenter au moins 5 minutes avant sur le quai de départ. bien noté que les billets ne sont pas remboursables.
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