Normandy is one of the great historic regions of France, an area of stunning beauty and a most wonderful destination for a holiday. The beaches of Normandy host sites, memorials and museums of the famous “D-Day” during WW II, the inland is verdant and is home to quaint villages as well as bustling towns such as Rouen, Caen, Bayeux and others. Mont St. Michel is a famous landmark here, the gastronomic delights are to be encountered everywhere, all in all, a holiday in Normandy will be simply magical.
In 1944 the largest military landing in history happened in Normandy, and a most ideal base for exploring the monuments and museums commemorating the Battle of Normandy is the town of Bayeux. Here is where you will also find the Bayeux Tapestry, a most famous embroidery throughout the world, depicting historic drawings. From a holiday home in Normandy, don't miss out on the Caen War Memorial, with impressive exhibits related to war and its meaning and effects throughout the years. Rouen is actually the third largest port in the country, and it is also steeped in history, Victor Hugo named this city “the city of a hundred spires”, and this is the place where William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc died in. Numerous museums in the city and the beautiful Cathedral of Notre-Dame complete the scene.
Not far from Paris there is Giverny, a small village along the Seine, much praised and portrayed by Monet in his works. There is also an American Art Museum here that you should not miss on a holiday in Normandy. The Mont Saint Michel is a famous landmark of this region, with its impressive Abbey perched on a rocky islet, which can be reached via a steep climb up some winding streets. They still have daily masses in Latin at this abbey and the Mont St. Michel is actually the second most visited attraction in the country. Incredible horse shows can be seen on the other hand at Haras du Pin, and then there is also the coast with its quaint settlements that will undoubtedly charm every soul that “dares” visit it. Dieppe is the oldest seaside resort in the country, the famous Benedictine liqueur can be found in Fecamp, while Deauville is home to glamorous hotels, casinos and all sorts of facilities, golf courses and race tracks and so on.
The nature of Normandy is at least as charming as its unique character. From the Normandy beaches to the lush farmland in the verdant interior, the landscape is one that is always ready to impress. The dramatic coastline offers both sandy and pebbly beaches, and the Mont St. Michel comes in contrast with all this, it being a truly spectacular sight. Le Cotentin is all about countryside and sandy beaches and cliffs as well, and for those who wish to go hiking on their holiday in Normandy, La Suisse Normande is just the place for it. These are the highest hills in the region and they are much loved by hikers. The Pays d'Auge is the traditional countryside of the area and the White Cliffs of Etretat are among the most famous in the country. Enjoy the nature of Normandy in all its beauty!
A wellness weekend in Normandy has you experiencing a completely different and most enchanting meaning of the word “relaxation”. Places like the Bagnoles de l'Orne with their thermal spa, or the Thalasso Deauville by Algotherm, the Meshi Mushki in Evreux and many others, are not at all afraid to show their guests some one of a kind pampering anytime. Massages, saunas, whirlpools and baths, Turkish baths and thermal waters, various treatments... you will definitely see all faces of relaxation on a wellness holiday in Normandy.
Given that Normandy is by the sea and at the same time it hosts some most impressive sights as well, you are never short of options to pursue on your daily holiday entertainment plan in this region. Thus whether you decide to lay on the beach and enjoy the sea breeze, or you rather hike in the La Suisse Normande hills, or go for a long walk and see the White Cliffs of Etretat maybe (you will nowhere feel more like you've stepped into freedom's residence than in this place)... amazement stands by you with every step you take. Visit Rouen, with its unique half-timbered houses, the amazing ancient clock and a truly magnificent Gothic cathedral. Check out the D-Day Landings site of WW II, namely Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, Utah Beach, etc.; the medieval fortress of Falaise, where William the Conqueror was born. Normandy is also famed for its horseback riding, so there you go... yet another amazing option is horseback riding on the beach for a chance. Then there is golf and fishing, sailing and all sorts of water sports, your holiday in Normandy is simply so much fun.
When traveling with your family to Normandy, you are spoiled for choice. Whether it is the seaside you're heading to, or the countryside of this region, there are plenty of things for families to see and do. There are numerous theme parks to choose from, the Brainscape in Rouen is very popular, the Kyd's Club in Caen is also amazing; there are water parks that will keep the kids busy and the adult happy, beach clubs and outdoor activities. Aquariums are also very popular with both the little ones and their accompanying family, in Beauvoir for example there is the Alligator Bay; there are farm visits you can enjoy, and one of the things you and your “tribe” should not miss are the mazes of Normandy, such as the Labyparc de Bayeux, or the Labyrinthe de Honfleur. Tree top hiking and zip wires, caving, water sports... your family holiday in Normandy will be unforgettable.
This part of France is world renowned for its dairy products such as cheese, butter, milk and others, but also for its apples. The local seafood is also well known for being simply delicious. You must try while on holiday in Normandy specialties such as the Agneau de pré-salé (meadow-salted lamb), the Joue de Bœuf (beef), the Andouille de Vire (made of pork), the Teurgoule (local rice pudding). They'll send your taste buds to culinary heaven.
A holiday with a pet in Normandy is right in hand for everyone, as this region of France is a very much dog friendly one. You can even take your dog to the beach here, at Dieppe Beach, at Criel sur Mer beach, Riva Bella Beach and others. Hiking and cycling with Rover and the family is a lot of fun, so is sightseeing in the beautiful towns here and walking in the countryside. Enjoy your fun time in Normandy!Points of interest, a “must see” list in Normandy:
Normandy is a wonderful region of France, one that cannot even be compared to any other. In this land of diversity, a holiday in Normandy will be simply unforgettable: from the sea to the verdant interior, from beautiful towns to traditional villages, from history to art and entertainment... France says it all in Normandy.
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