A settlement has stood where Cherbourg does today since the Middle Ages, although the place has shed its skin and redefined itself countless times over the centuries. Once a modest village reliant on fishing and basic skills, Cherbourg could never quite measure up to the larger port settlements commercially due to it being set away from other large towns or cities on the French mainland. However, today it's a sprawling city that stands alongside other major coastal cities to serve as an important part of the cross-Channel ferry port network. With regular connections to the English ports of Portsmouth and Poole, not to mention St Helier in Jersey and Rosslare Harbour in Ireland, this booming port has an eclectic economy, with shipbuilding still a firm fixture along the docks. The gateway to the Cotentin peninsula and the Normandy region at large, there's plenty to experience here, so car hire hire package from Enterprise makes perfect sense, with branches conveniently located at Cherbourg Train Station and Cherbourg Ferry Terminal.