The Vaches Noires cliffs are located between Houlgate and Villers-sur-Mer. The name of the "Black Cows" would come from the words of sailors: the presence of large blocks of chalk on the beach covered with algae, would evoke, seen from the sea, a herd of cows grazing at the foot of the cliffs.

Its geological and paleontological richness makes it a site of major interest. The cliffs are also remarkable for their original morphology of "badlands", a succession of ravines and spurs.

From Houlgate beach, you can enjoy a walk at the foot of the cliffs, at low tide. It is forbidden to climb the cliffs and extract fossils, but you can still collect them on the sand. A circuit is available for download or in paper version in all the tourist information offices of the territory.

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