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Dialette is a port located in the coastal town of Flamanville in the Normandy region of north western France. The port is around 75 km from Saint-Lo and 315 km from Paris. The quint port is the ideal gateway for visitors to the region travelling from Guernsey and Alderney, in the Channel Islands. Located close to the port are some hotels and restaurants. This small port, in the heart of Norman agricultural country, the land of cider, Calvados and Camembert, is been developed in recent years into a busy marina.
Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie) is made up of the French departments of Seine-Maritime and Eure, and Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie) of the departments of Orne, Calvados and Manche. In the past, the province of Normandy was made up of the present day Upper and Lower Normandy along with small parts of the department of Eure-et-Loir, Mayenne and Sarthe. Normandy derives its name from the Viking settlement back in the 9th century which was confirmed by treaty in the 10th century. Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Normandy and England were linked by Norman and Frankish rulers for 150 years.
During the summer a high-speed passenger ferry is operated from Dialette to Alderney and Guernsey by Manche Iles Express.
Alderney is an island in the English Channel and forms part of the Bailwick of Guernsey, and is the most northerly of the Channel Islands. It is a mere 10 miles to the west of the French port town of La Hague and 20 miles to the north east of the island of Guernsey. The island's coastal terrain is similar to the other Channel Islands in that is has sheer cliffs that are interrupted by sandy beaches and dunes. The island's highest point is 296 ft above sea level and is rich in flora and fauna. There aren't however, many trees on the island as many were cut down in the 17th century in order to fuel the lighthouses on the island and the Casquets. The tress that do remain are often misidentified as palms but are in fact part of the Lily family, are can be found in woods dotted around the island. Puffins on Burhou and gannets on Les Étacs just off Alderney are a favourite of many visitors to the island.
Getting to Alderney is fairly straight forward. There are regular ferry services between Alderney and the other Channel Islands, France and Poole on the south coast of England.