- Nearest national cycle network
- 5 Norman villages appear on the list of the most beautiful villages of France: Barfleur, Le Bec Hellouin, Beuvron-en-Auge, Lyons-la-Forêt and Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei
- The 5 Normandy beaches Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah, which saw the start of the Allied liberation of Europe in 1944, still keep their code names today
- Normandy boasts four A.O.C. quality status cheeses: Camembert, Livarot, Neufchâtel and Pont-l'Evêque
- There are over 300 miles of designated cycle routes in Normandy
- La Couronne restaurant in Rouen dates back to 1345 and is said to be the oldest Inn in France
- It takes 18 kilograms of apples to make 1 litre of Normandy's famous liqueur - Calvados at 41°
- Impressionism was born in Le Havre with Monet’s painting of the port - Impression, Sunrise - in 1872
- Normandy boasts France’s smallest port, Port Racine on the Cotentin peninsula
A word from Normandy
Having lived in Normandy for over 20 years now, I’m really proud to call this wonderful part of France home. There are lots of fun places to visit and, for a long weekend, Normandy is the perfect French getaway. William the Conqueror was born at the boys’ own castle in Falaise and the tale of the Norman Conquest is retold at the Bayeux Tapestry. The Impressionists painted along the coast and the Seine with Giverny remaining a regular point of pilgrimage for all art lovers today. The 6th June 1944 saw the D-Day Landings and ensuing Battle of Normandy. Now the WWII sites and cemeteries are testament to this historic moment and provide the perfect backdrop to history lessons en famille.
The countryside and coastline of Normandy are unrivalled and remind my husband of his childhood holidays in Britain. It is very easy to find your own little piece of paradise, far from the madding crowd.
And one of the real joys of Normandy is the excellent food and drink. Head to the nearest local market and picnic al fresco in the apple orchards. Or relax and let someone else do the cooking at one of the many traditional bistros or gourmet restaurants.
Alison Weatherhead, UK & Ireland Marketing Manager, Normandy Tourist Board
Videos of Normandy
Mont St Michel, from the air
Hôtels de Charme and restaurants in Normandy
A short guide to visiting Normandy
Family Holidays in Normandy
Map of Normandy
Photos credits. Carousel: Mont St-Michel, E Tessier; Honfleur, Richard Hammond/Greentraveller; Cycling, M Lerouge CDT50; Domaine St Claire, Etretat; Mont St-Michel, Paul Bloomfield/Greentraveller; M Lerouge CDT50; La Ferme des Mares, Cyril Combe; Cotentin National Park, M Lerouge CDT50. Small photos, left to right: L'Esprit du Bocage; Honfleur market; Mont St-Michel, Paul Bloomfield/Greentraveller; G Wait, Calvados Tourism. Map supplied by Normandy Tourism. Ferry photo: Brittany Ferries