Tourist information for Normandy
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Normandy is famous for the D-Day landings on its long beaches and for
its busy Channel ports and elegant resorts. From Dieppe to Le Havre the coast is
named after its alabaster coloured cliffs. West of Le Havre are a number of smart
resorts and sandy beaches, then the beaches of the D-Day landings give way to the
wilder sandy beaches of the Cherbourg peninsular ending in the Bay of Le Mont St
Michel. The Seine from Le Havre to Rouen and beyond flows through attractive countryside
with some interesting sights along the way. Inland are extensive orchards and a
half-timbered farms producing delicious cider, Calvados, and cheeses - including
Camembert. This is an easily accessed part of France with a recent and older history
to explore and a cuisine to enjoy.
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Activities in Normandy:
Cycling, walking and sea-side activities.
Benedictine distillery at Fecamp; Parc Naturel de Brotonne (marshes and attractive
countryside); Parc Naturel Regional de Normandie-Maine in the south for good woodland
walking and cycling; the spectacular valley of the Orne south of Caen; Chateau Gaillard
at Les Andelys on the Seine; the invasion beaches and war cemeteries.
Towns and places of interest in Normandy:
Balleroy. The Chateau and nearby Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Foret make this worth
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Bayeux. Medieval town with famous and extraordinary tapestry.
Caen. Largely unattractive capital of the area with a good art museum, shops
Dieppe. Pleasant working port, its castle overlooking the small pedestrianised
centre with many sea-food restaurants.
Giverny. Visit this village on the Seine to see Monet's beautiful garden
Granville. Seaside town part of which towers over the bay. Good restaurants.
Honfleur. Superbly preserved old port with picturesque tall Norman houses.
Le Havre. Devastated in the last war this is a rebuilt modern city with extensive
docks and a decent art museum.
Lisieux. Site of Catholic pilgrimage to St. Teresa and starting point for
the cheese route of the lush Pays d'Auge.
Mont St. Michel. Visually impressive abbey and small medieval village on
an island reached by a causeway around which race rapid tides. Very busy in season.
Rouen. This inland port city has a renovated medieval quarter, a famous clock,
good cathedral and art museum, many restaurants and a lively cultural programme.
Trouville/Deauville. Elegant and popular seaside resorts on the Normandy