Normandy Travel Guide

The Normandy region of France combines a 360-mile dramatic coastline, including the dramatically evocative World War II landing beaches, with a verdant interior of lush farmland, bustling market towns, and historic landmarks such as the cities of Caen, Bayeux and Rouen. Gastronomic delights abound, from fine cheese to cider and Calvados; a distilled brandy made from apples.


Accommodation

Normandy offers a wide range of accommodation options conveniently located close to some of the most popular tourist areas. With lots of options in and around the city, you can choose from basic motels to deluxe hotels and luxurious resorts with a range of room types to suit all budgets and travellers. From standard rooms to family friendly options and even spacious suites and self-catering apartments, you'll find an affordable and comfortable range of accommodation close to the Caen Memorial, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Dieppe, Fecamp, Etretat, Deauville, Trouville, Honfleur and Mont Saint Michel. Book Normandy Accommodation


Getting Around

The Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a short 2-hour drive from Normandy. From London and Paris, there are regular flights with regional airlines to the smaller airports of Caen, Rouen, Le Havre and Deauville. There are regular direct train connections from Paris to all the main cities in Normandy. The easiest way to get to Normandy from the UK is by ferry on a western channel route or on a short sea route (from Poole, Portsmouth or Newhaven). The most convenient way to explore the coastline and interior of Normandy is by car. Read more about Getting around Normandy


Attractions

Renowned for its historic and WWII landmarks and attractions, Normandy offers a number of popular highlights including the Caen Memorial, the quintessential starting place for an understanding of the events that took place leading to D-Day. Giverny is a pilgrimage for art lovers while the Cathedral of Notre Dame is also home to the 200-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry. Dieppe, Fecamp and Etretat are some of the oldest seaside resort areas while Deauville, Trouville and Honfleur are picturesque towns along the 'flowered coast'. Mont Saint Michel remains one of Europe's greatest tourist attractions. More about Normandy Attractions


Facts

Although Normandy is mostly recognised for its historical significance in WWII, its award-winning apple brandy, cider and dairy products are also very noteworthy. Normandy is framed by granite cliffs in the west and limestone cliffs in the east. Normandy covers 5 per cent of the territory of France and is also home to 5 per cent of the country's population. Normandy is actually separated into two administrative areas known as Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) and Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy).