Jobourg

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Jobourg
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Jobourg is located in France
Jobourg
Jobourg
Coordinates: 49°41′N 1°54′W / 49.69°N 1.90°W / 49.69; -1.90Coordinates: 49°41′N 1°54′W / 49.69°N 1.90°W / 49.69; -1.90
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton Beaumont-Hague
Intercommunality La Hague
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Charles Duval
Area1 10.15 km2 (3.92 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 416
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50257 / 50440
Elevation 0–128 m (0–420 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Jobourg is a commune in the Manche department in north-western France. It lies in la Hague in the Cotentin peninsula.

It is surrounded by moorland and is not far away from the Phare de Goury (Goury Lighthouse), a lighthouse 100 metres away from the Goury beach. Jobourg has one nice beach on its commune, the Baie d'Écalgrain ("Écalgrain Beach"). The average temperature of the sea is 20°C in summer. About 200 meters from the village is the CROSSMA, in charge of the busy traffic in the Channel.

One typical fête in Jobourg is the Fête des Moutons, a sheep festival that take place the first weekend of August. One can see border collies taking care of geese and sheep contests.

On the night of 26-27 March 1814, during the closing stages of the Napoleonic Wars the Battle of Jobourg was fought close inshore between British frigate HMS Hebrus and French frigate Etoile. After several hours of combat, Etoile was defeated and captured by the British ship.

Geology[edit]

Jobourg lies in the Armorican Massif. There, France's oldest rocks crop out. [1]

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references[edit]

  1. ^ Bay of Écalgrain and Bay of Cul-Rond Website Lithothèque de Normandie.