The river Veules and the watermills

Originally a fishing and weaving village, then a fashionable holiday destination and a meeting place for artists, Veules-les-Roses is simply a gem of the Alabaster Coast, which is featured among France's 22 favourite villages selected in 2013 by the spectators of Stéphane Bern's TV program on France 2.

Discover its secrets and history while following the river Veules, the smallest river in France with, only 1,194 metres (0.742 miles) long.

The walk starts in front of the watercress beds. Depending on the season, you might see the grower standing in the water to harvest his crop to sell on the local markets or on his farm on Sundays.

Along the way, admire the splendid Norman thatched cottages, the large seaside villas built in the 19th century and the beautiful gardens planted with roses. The path called "Champs Elysées" will guide you towards magnificent watermills. While going down towards the village, have a break at the Relais Douce France, this former 18th century coaching inn is the perfect place to have a cup of tea and bask in the sun on the terrace with a good book. Follow the path again towards the sea, you will certainly deserve to try the renowned "Veulaise", the oyster that owes its unique taste to the combination of fresh and salt water, which is found nowhere else.

A jaunt to Veules-les-Roses is a pleasant break in a charming village, a delight between the sea and the country.