The English introduction of the leaflet reads as follows: “The Circuit of the ‘secret’ river allows one to discover the history and the heritage of the village in the course of a walk full of charm”.
On Tuesday morning we arrived in Veules shortly before 11 o’clock. We parked the car in the village centre, near the Saint Martin’s church. The square tower is all that remains of the original 12th-13th century building. The three naves, chancel and two chapels were rebuilt in the 16th century using the local sandstone. The church is now a ‘Monument historique’.
The village, which dates from the 4th century, was ‘discovered’ in 1826 by Anaïs Aubert, an actress of the Comédie Française. Soon the village became the favourite holiday destination of the rich and famous and Veules turned into a very desirable seaside resort. All through the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century sumptuous villas were erected in and around the village’s centre.
Last week, this villa was for sale. Anyone interested?
This is all that’s left of the Moulin de la Mer’!
Later, two large guns from the ship were salvaged. They are now on display on the cliff overlooking the beach of Veules. On our way to Quiberville, where we had lunch, we stopped at the site to have a closer look at the guns and to enjoy the view.
We didn’t have enough time to take the complete tour described in the leaflet, but were nevertheless impressed and charmed by the many interesting things this tiny village has to offer. If ever you’re in Normandy, make sure to visit Veules-les-Roses as it is one of the most charming villages I’ve seen in this region.
(to be continued)