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A guided tour of Pointe d’Agon

June 20

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Pizza lunch followed by the tour a guided tour of Pointe d’Agon.

The tour is in English and is provided by le Pays d’art et d’histoire du Coutançais (PAHC), the local association which, supported by the Ministry of Culture and also the Regional Directorate of cultural affairs, enables residents to discover their local architectural and cultural heritage.

La Pointe d’Agon is an extended sand bar separating the ancient harbour of Regnéville from the ocean at the estuary of the Sienne. It has a small lighthouse, dated 1856, built on the site of an ancient fort that defended the harbour of Regnéville until it was destroyed by a violent storm in 1776. The bar is now composed of extensive sand dunes which have an immense range of biodiversity. The tidal range is enormous, allowing wonderful views of the mussel post installations. At low tide it is a sight that would inspire Salvador Dali. In a previous century this part of the coast was famous for the harvesting of eelgrass, an underwater plant that was dried (verdriere) and used as fuel and until the 1930s also for upholstery in railway carriages. The site has been protected by the Conservatoire du littoral since 1990 and is managed by a coastguard.

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June 20