The Sea shapes the local way of life

Quiberville's fishermen

Be sure to admire at least once during your stay the traditional return of the fishing boatsevery morning during the season. These boats known as  dory (Doris in French) are special because of their flat bottom and their wooden structure. They appeared in the 19th century and were originally used by ships that left from Fécamp (or elsewhere) and went cod fishing in the Great Banks of Newfoundland. Local fishermen started rapidly to use them for inshore fishing. In the beginning of the 20th century, they were replaced in most harboursby trawlers forged in aluminum and thereby lighter than dories. However these little boats are still used nowadays in the villages along the Normandy and Brittany coasts, including Quiberville.

There are three professional fishermen in Quiberville, who sell fresh products every morning on the sea front. Feel free to ask them cooking advice! If you are not in the mood for cooking,  try our restaurants, where local sea-products are often on the menu.

Shore fishing and other activities...

For the perfect shore fishing session, try coming during the days of lower low tide, when the largest area of rocks is revealed.

Every year a shore fishing contest is organized by the Yachting Association (association des plaisanciers). In November the traditional Herring Fair is the occasion to taste herrings fished in the traditional way.

The traditional “ Day of the Sea”

As many towns and villages along the Alabaster coast, Quiberville celebrates the sea ! Every year during the summer a Day of the Sea (fête de la mer) is organized.

This day (refer back to our calendar for the date) consists of a celebration in church, the blessing of boats decorated with flowers for the occasion, and the scattering of flowers into the sea. A traditional celebration that attracts a huge audience every year !