Normandy treasures in its lands one of the wonders of the West. A jewel on a rock that stands in the heart of a huge bay: Mont Saint-Michel. Here we can find picturesque villages with paved streets and Gothic churches, sources of inspiration for the impressionist Claude Monet. Normandy also adopts the face of modernity in its cities that are firmly committed to the future, such as Le Havre. Come on, we’ll take you.
This visits should not to be missed when in Normandy
Mont Saint-Michel and its bay
Originally in 709, this rock was occupied by a simple and small church. Over the centuries, an abbey, convent buildings, walls and a town were built to make Mont Saint-Michel a spiritual and intellectual focus, as well as a place of pilgrimage. You have to see it emerge from the bay, between the sea and the sky, to appreciate all its majestic beauty.
This exotic wood walk is mythical. It dates back to 1923 and runs alongside the Art Deco-style bathhouses along the beach. How many stars have walked these 643 meters! Joséphine Baker, Buster Keaton, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée in the film “A man and a woman”, as well as the stars of the American Film Festival. Today, it is still the place to be seen.
The landing beaches
On June 6, 1944, the Norman beaches were the historical theater of the great military operation that mobilized a huge number of ships and planes to liberate France from German occupation. Various museums
and cemeteries line this coast, from Sword Beach in Ouistreham, Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Gold Beach in Arromanches, Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and to the tip of the Hoc at Cricqueville-en-Bessin.
The Caen Memorial
This Memorial recalls the period before and after 1945, reliving the Landing, the Battle of Normandy, World War II, and the Cold War. A very useful immersion in the history of the 20th century.
The cliffs of Étretat
They stand out on the Alabaster Coast as three vertical limestone rocks that protrude from the coast and submerge in the sea. They are the Manneporte, the Courtine and l’Aiguille, who have inspired so many painters and are discovered from the shore, by boat or on a path on the English Channel.
Le Havre and its post-World War II architecture
80% destroyed during World War II, the city was rebuilt by the architect Auguste Perret, a specialist in reinforced concrete. Its buildings, well balanced and harmonious, are worth knowing, such as the town hall, the Church of Saint Joseph and its 110 meter high tower, the typical Perret pilot apartment from the fifties. The complex has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Notre-Dame cathedral in Évreux
Built between the 10th and 13th centuries, the imposing cathedral retains both a Romanesque and Gothic style. We like its 70 brightly colored stained glass windows, some of them made with the famous Évreux yellow with silver salt.
Le Gros Horloge and Rouen Cathedral
Le Gros Horloge (the Great Clock) is a beautiful Renaissance pavilion that crosses the street and displays an hour dial. From the bell tower platform you will have panoramic views over the roofs of old Rouen and the Gothic towers of the magnificent cathedral, which houses the relic of the heart of Ricardo Corazón de León.
The small port of Dieppe
Strolling through the port of Dieppe is like immersing yourself in the luminous paintings of Turner, Pissaro or Gauguin, all of them subdued by the colors of the houses that are reflected in the water and by the animation of the docks.
The pretty village of Veules-les-Roses
Plan a stop in this coastal town in the Pays de Caux with an old charm. It is located at the bottom of the smallest river in France, the Veules, with only 1,149 meters! Between the sea and the countryside, the town and its mills seduced Victor Hugo, Paul Meurice and the painter Camille Marchand.
Activities you can’t miss in Normandy
Discover Monet’s impressions at Giverny
Installed in 1883 in a house in Giverny, on the right bank of the Seine, the painter Claude Monet took inspiration from his gardens to paint his most beautiful works, such as the series of 250 water lilies. Today, the town maintains its impressionistic air thanks to the many artists who reside there.
Get lost at night in the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel
In summer, at nightfall, you will like to leave in the footsteps of the mysteries of the abbey. Have you seen the peregrine falcon nesting in the bell tower or is your imagination confusing you? It matters little, the night itinerary allows you to discover architecture in a different way.
In Étretat, electric cart and golf clubs are waiting for you
The Étretat golf course is located on cliffs overlooking the bay.
For 110 years, the course has been demanding and the views incomparable, especially from hole 10.
An equestrian race
Normandy is a breeding ground for horses and stud farms. Come cheer on the champions at the Deauville or Cabourg racetracks. Fans from all over the world come to admire the most beautiful thoroughbreds and the best riders. And you can also bet!
Indulge in a plate of mussels with fries in Honfleur
In Honfleur, people like to stroll around the Vieux Bassin, a little port lined with tall, narrow houses with slate roofs, to walk the alleys of the medieval quarter of L’Enclos, to visit the all-wooden Sainte Catherine church and the Eugène Boudin Museum, a native of the city. And a plate of mussels with fries at Honfleur is a treat!
Impress yourself before the great roadstead of Cherbourg
Imagine a pier of about 4 kilometers, facing the city, built to create an artificial roadstead and defend against the English. Some works that began under Louis XVI and ended under Napoleon III. Today this technical feat effectively protects the port from the tide.
Visit Bayeux Military Cemetery
It is the largest British cemetery in France. An exciting memorial site that houses more than 4,600 graves of soldiers of eleven different nationalities who died during the Battle of Normandy in 1944.
Partying in Deauville
Deauville has always been a festive town and continues to live up to its fame. To start the evening, you should go to a reputed bar serving seafood, a vintage-decorated brewery or the bar of a large hotel. Then to the casino, where you can try your luck at roulette, poker and the 300 slot machines. Finally, you will go dancing in one of the nightclubs in Deauville, highly appreciated by famous people on the move.
Visit the incredible MUMA collection in Le Havre
In a concrete and glass building, opened in 1961, the André Malraux Museum of Modern Art exhibits one of the largest collections of impressionist paintings, thanks to the donation of Hélène Senn-Foulds. An amazing place that reserves a special place to the light and subtle tones of Renoir, Sisley, Pissaro, Degas …
Enjoy a romantic weekend in Cabourg
The pedestrian promenade at the edge of the sea, the houses of the Belle Époque, the mythical Grand Hôtel where Marcel Proust used to stay, its 4 kilometers of beach to infinity: everything is perfect for a romantic getaway!