More About Normandy

Normandy is famed for inspiring Monet, known for its rich history, and has an abundance of medieval ruins. When you book a gite in Normandy, you’ll have a vibrant landscape that boasts a scenic coast and bucolic countryside right on your doorstep. Thanks to a diverse range of activities in the area, gites in Normandy are ideal accommodation for families, groups and couples. There is plenty to see and do in the area, if you fancy having an adventure, or experience the subtle solitude of the French countryside, you will find that you have everything you need. Walking, cycling and horse riding routes are abundant in the beautiful region which is overflowing with sweet smelling apple orchards. Local tourist offices, which can be found in most towns and cities, will have information on the activities that are available near to any of the Normandy holiday cottages listed on ChezNous.com.

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Normandy is toward the north east of France and home to historical relics such as the Bayeux Tapestry. The climate is temperate, with sunny summers, and it has plenty of historical places and ruins to visit while here. As well as culture and arts, Normandy is also a great place to explore the beaches of northern Europe. Mulberry harbour, which is home to the D-Day museum boasts great views of the sunset as well as a fantastic restaurant, an ideal treat after a day out exploring the area.

Things to Do in Normandy

All the principle cities in Normandy are likely to offer you plenty to enjoy, from the large and historic capital of Upper Normandy, Rouen, to Caen, where the abbeys built during William the Conqueror’s reign are a must-see. The coastal port towns of Le Havre and Cherbourg both offer bustling centres and history aplenty. Outside the big towns you’ll find lots of fascinating destinations, including Giverny, where Monet painted some of his best known artworks, the D-Day beaches – and no prizes for guessing what delights the town of Bayeux has in store. When it comes to places to visit, we think you’ll be hard-pressed to cram all these great locations in – but we think you should give it a try!

Attractions in Normandy

We want you to enjoy the best that Normandy has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;

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The Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux

Few can forget the history lessons about Harold and his eye and William and his Norman Conquest – lessons which were brought alive by the Bayeux Tapestry. Incredibly detailed and very, very long this impressive artifact (technically a long embroidered cloth, not a tapestry!) is sure to keep both older and younger members of your party absorbed for hours. The fascinating and often gruesome conquest of medieval England is really brought to life here – you simply cannot visit Normandy and not see it! Don’t miss the impressive Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux whilst in town either.

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Utah Beach

The code name coined by the Allies is now in common use for this fine beach. It’s hard to separate the events of June 1944 from the fact that in its own right, Utah beach is a beautiful, relaxing place to be. Given the fact each square metre was so hard fought-over, this may seem odd – but the tranquility of the beach and the sweeping dunes behind it tend to give visitors a deep feeling of calm. There’s nothing like relaxing in the French sunshine with the rushing surf in your ears and the clean, salty air in your lungs!

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A D-Day Battle Tour

At first the thought of spending a day (or more) exploring the remnants of an event that happened more than 65 years ago might not be your ideal holiday activity, but even for those who aren’t military history enthusiasts, taking a D-Day tour may well prove fascinating. The scale of the invasion is likely to strike you; as well as the well known spots, it’s the little details that lie hidden to most visitors – and the stories attached to them – that are so engrossing. Such a tour also gives you ample opportunity to take in the pretty coastal landscapes with which Normandy is blessed.

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