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Greentraveller's Guide to Normandy

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 03:53 on Wednesday 10 June 2015

As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit, we have produced a Greentraveller's Guide to Normandy.

The guide shows residents and visitors how to make the most of the area in a way that has a low impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local economy, featuring over 100 recommendations for where to stay, eat and what to see and do in the region across the five départments - Calvados, Manche, Orne, Eure, and Seine-Maritime.

Included in the guide is an interactive map of the featured businesses, and in-depth information on how visitors can reduce their environmental impact by travelling to and around the area by public transport and by walking or cycling more.

Written and researched by professional travel writer Paul Bloomfield, the guide focuses on some of the top places to stay, from B&Bs in historic châteaux, to hotels with sea views and family-friendly cottages tucked away in rural idylls. Those after something a little more unusual will find an intriguing collection of quirky places to stay, such as a dovecote, a converted cider barrel, and treehouses and tipis galore.

L'Esprit du Bocage, one of the many beautiful self-catering places featured in the guideL'Esprit du Bocage, one of the many beautiful self-catering places featured in the guide

Paul has picked out some of the best spots to where you can stock up on some of Normandy's finest local produce, including thriving formageries, organic produce markets, and cider cellars and wine shops, as well as some of the region's best restaurants and bistros where visitors can sample the varied flavours of Normandy in beautiful settings.

The guide also encourages readers to explore a variety of places to visit, from the iconic Mont St-Michel, D-Day beaches and Bayeux Tapestry as well as châteaux, palaces and historic towns such a Rouen. Alternatively, we show how visitors can escape the crowds and soak up the peace and quiet in one of the national parks dotted throughout the region.

Paul Bloomfield writes: “Normandy is blessed with a diverse array of landscapes, each lending themselves to a variety of activities. Wide sandy beaches provide racing tracks for sandyachting. Rolling hills, forests and high cliffs demand to be hiked. Woodland tracks echo to the gentle clop of horses’ hooves. Rivers buried amid rocky gorges provide ideal kayaking routes."

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The Mont Saint-Michel bay walk. Photo: Paul BloomfieldThe Mont Saint-Michel bay walk. Photo: Paul Bloomfield

Alison Weatherhead, UK & Ireland Marketing Manager for the Normandy Tourist Board, says: "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."

Richard Hammond, Chief Executive of greentraveller.co.uk, says: “We hope this Greentraveller’s Guide to Normandy will help residents and visitors make the most of their time in this glorious part of the country, in a way that brings local economic benefits while conserving the very special landscape.

"This guide is the latest of our online destination platforms that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch."

Roche d'Oëtre in the Suisse Normande National Park. Photo: E. LabadilleRoche d'Oëtre in the Suisse Normande National Park. Photo: E. Labadille

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Posted by Florence Fortnam

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