A Comprehensive Guide to the
Top Attractive Sights in
Normandy

Introduction

Your holiday is not complete without the serene and fun environment that is Normandy. If you are the kind that loves enjoying evening walks surrounded by beautiful scenery, Normandy is the perfect place for you. There is the famous Boardwalk in Deauville where you can strut through your evenings. It is one of the most symbolic and oldest places in Deauville. The Boardwalk was built in 1923 and extends through the Pompeian Baths. Here, you would not only be taking a leisurely walk, but also taking an educative walk through history.

If you are a war history enthusiast then Normandy has just the right treat for you in the form of the D-Day beaches. The Sword beach, Juno Beach, Gold beach, Omaha beach, and Utah beach will leave you with so many stories tell. There are friendly guides around to answer any question you might have. No need looking anything up because these historical sites carry so many tales of the Normandy landing.

Where is Normandy Located ?

Normandy is situated in north-western France. This stretches to the east, where the Seine River runs into the English Channel. It is bordered in the southwest by Brittany. The Centre Des Monuments Nationaux ranks 3rd of the main regions of France, with historical monuments.

Few Interesting facts about Normandy

1. The region has two capital cities: lower region Caen and upper region Rouen.

2. The Centre Des Monuments Nationaux places Normandy 3rd among the largest regions in France with historical monuments.

3. With an expansive beach bordered by cliffs, the Normandy coastline is ranked among the world’s most popular coastlines.

4. Normandy has 28 Michelin-starred restaurants

5. Normandy’s six main cities and towns are Rouen, Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg, Evreux and Dieppe

6. The name Normandy derives from ‘Northmen,’ from the Danish and Norwegian Vikings who from the 9th century onwards raided and occupied the area.

Most Exciting Things to do in Normandy

1. Go on a Pilgrimage at Mont Saint-Michel

This is a popular medieval pilgrimage site established in the 12th century. Mont-Saint-Michel is one of France’s top-notch sights. The Abbey of Saint-Michel, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a mythical/mystical beauty, soaring over 100 meters above sea level. The medieval abbey whose towers jut into the mist in a mystifying architectural display. The Gothic spires appear to touch heaven as the site invites travellers to enter Saint-Michel’s foreboding sea.

A “common crossing” (a guided walk or a pilgrimage) may be done at low tide for reaching Mont Saint-Michel. The Mont-Saint-Michel remains one of the top attractions in Normandy. This is a “can’t forget the experience!”

2. Take a historical tour to Caen Memorial Museum

This museum is important. Caen played a critical role during the Nazi invasion of World War II in Lower Normandy along the English Channel. Caen is a perfect starting point for a tour of D-Day Beaches and Memorials in Normandy. Beneath the Caen Memorial Museum is the location of the headquarters of General Richter, which became a command post during the German Occupation.

The Monument de Caen is Normandy ‘s Center of Heritage and Harmony. It is aimed at educating and encouraging healing. The centre provides guided tours of the beaches at D-Day Landing. Such trips are guided by experienced historians and hold activities such as temporary art shows to commemorate those who died and provide a social background for allied liberation and German occupation.

Explore the weapons and ordinary artefacts of the period, and have access to interesting archival images and Operation Overlord archives. You will be immersed in the daily lives of German and Allied armies,

3. Spend time at the picturesque town of Bayeux and the Bayeux Tapestry

The town of Bayeux is worth a day trip for Normandy tourists as its deep historical roots are on show in the region. The 11th-century 70-metre-long embroidery tells the story of the invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Initially designed by William the Conqueror ‘s troops in 1077, the cathedral combines Romanesque with gothic architecture features, including Early Gothic and Flamboyant Gothic styles.

Bayeux is continuously enjoying tourism and popularity among travellers with lots of restaurants and decent shopping as well. Visit the Gem-filled town of Rouen Walking through Rouen’s old town, tourists can enjoy the romantic environment contained in the twisting cobblestone streets lined with colombage homes. Gothic churches are seen at any level and all are architectural jewels of medieval achievement.

4. Explore the idyllic Normandy American Cemetery

The cemetery overlooks (the remarkably picturesque) Omaha Beach and is called American property because the French government gave this land to the United States free of charge. Normandy American Cemetery is the resting spot for the 9,387 U.S. troops who lost their lives on June 6, 1944. 

There are 9,238 Latin crosses, David’s 149 Stars and the Wall of the Missing with the names of 1,557 fallen troops in combat. The cemetery overlooks Omaha beach. A visit there creates a poignant memory which drives through the never-ending line of white crosses.

5. Have Excess fun at the Beaches

The Norman coastline is strikingly pleasant. The white sandy beaches, menacing cliffs, dunes, bays, and rugged inlets mix along France’s Northwest shore and creates a range of activities and wildlife. In summer, beaches are a top location for water sports and sunbathing, and in the next few months, relaxing strolls and exploring the seaside bring excitement to holidaymakers. The D-Day landing beaches, Omaha Beach, and Arromanches Beach are popular beaches. Looking for a holiday in a village or a campground by the water? The charm of the coast is something which should not be missed.

6. Savour the Normandy cheese

Have you ever heard of Camembert, a French cheese? Visit the Normandy Camembert village and sample new Camembert from the farm. You can visit cheese factories, taste your way through mind-blowing cheese shops or head straight to the farm to get your fresh dairy fixed.

7. Visit the Benedictine distillery

It is worth a visit to the Benedictine Distillery at Fecamp. The distillery is still the location where this liqueur is distilled just as it has been for decades. The massive mansion, however, houses some odd collections.

Not just for winter

Normandy also presents you with the breathtaking views of the vertical cliffs of Etretat. This small village is famous for its array of beautiful cliffs. The sea cliffs all overlook similarly beautiful beaches that have been the inspiration of many artworks. The cliffs of this coastal village are also known for their natural arches, two of which can be seen from the village.

There is also the formidable Bayeux Tapestry—a 70-metre-long embroidered cloth which presents some of the major events that lead to the Norman conquest of England. It never fails to captivate the gazes of first timers.

Normandy houses what used to be the home of the famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet. He created an array of breathtaking gardens for the purpose of painting them. The house and gardens of Claude Monet are well preserved and visiting them is like stepping into his painting.

Scallops are the ultimate seafood treat in Normandy and scallop festivals, such as Villers-sur-Mer and Grandcamp-Maisy provide a plethora of opportunities to taste fresh Normandy scallops.

There are no dull moments as there are many places to visit no matter what your interests are.

What is Normandy France known for?

Throughout World War II Normandy became well known for the Normandy Landing which resulted in the region’s devastation. Since then, it has developed a reputation for being France’s cultural and culinary centre. Normandy is also considered to be the second-largest gardens in the country with over 100 gardens and parks.

Best Tips on Holidaying in Normandy

2. Locate the best restaurant

Locating the best restaurants at Saint Normandy is a key to enjoying your adventure. The following are the best restaurants in Saint Normandy:

  • Le Hasting’s, Cabourg
  • Jean-Luc Tartarin

  • Au Site Normand, Clécy

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Conclusion

Having seen a sketchy picture of Normandy and what it has which makes the place a home for holiday and relaxation, it will be interesting to state, one can have happiness when they visit this city for holidays. Family villas can be found, houses with swimming pools, city flats, gîtes and country cottages, hotels, bed & breakfast, or any of your preference. Want to book a holiday to Normandy for a romantic holiday, family trip, or an all-inclusive holiday?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Summer is the best time to see what Normandy has to offer. From cathedral light shows and fireworks over the sea to open-air markets and nightlife in Rouen and Caen.

Yes, you can take a self-guided tour of the Normandy Beaches or hire a personal guide. If you schedule your travel, you will see more than any tour deal and you will be able to visit places customized to your interest.

Omaha Beach is well worth a visit. The beach features a modern bronze sculpture and a more traditional statue, in soldiers’ memory.

The average annual rainfall which falls in the Normandy region usually ranges from 650 mm to 1,200 mm, with the highest values near the coast and lower inland. Regardless of the Atlantic Ocean ‘s proximity, Normandy ‘s temperatures-remain mild.

Normandy is a charming place. It’s both a rural and seaside region renowned for producing excellent cheeses, apple cider and seafood such as sea-scallop and herring. The standard of Normandy cuisine makes this place a must-visit if you’re a food lover.