Enjoy Normandy for your summer holidays
In Normandy, culture is expressed mainly through its heritage, music, major exhibitions and live shows. It’s also an impressionist destination par excellence!
Places to visit :
Le Musée Vie Et Métiers D’autrefois: Discover forgotten trades and tools with your family. Learn more about thirty or so professions and scenes of life commented on by a passionate collector, punctuated by anecdotes and riddles.
The orientation course in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne: Want to discover our region while having fun? Head for Bagnoles-de-l’Orne for an orienteering course in the heart of the town. Castle, priory, natural park…
The Bayeux Tapestry: Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror by discovering the Bayeux Tapestry. Thanks to the audio guides in adult or child versions, the whole family can go back to the time of the conquest of England, a fascinating walk.
Staying in the heart of history
With its rich past and emblematic figures, Normandy has a special place in French history. It is still visible thanks to the numerous relics and places of visit that offer great family outings. The places are intertwined with the key figures of our history.
The history of medieval Normandy began with the Viking invasions. Then the Second World War and the events of D-Day. Young men from all over the world fought on our beaches and in our countryside to restore Freedom. Nowadays, they have become symbols of peace, and these places of remembrance are worth (re)discovering!
Places to visit :
The landing beaches: The D-Day landing on the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944 was the largest amphibious and airborne operation of all time. Today, millions of people still come to pay their respects to the soldiers who liberated France on the D-Day Beaches.
The Domaine d’Harcourt: A fine example of medieval architecture, the castle has retained its feudal aspect to the west with the presence of the double moat, the fortified enclosure of the bailey and the circular towers flanking the façade. The arboretum has a remarkable botanical collection of over 500 species of trees and shrubs.
The Castle of Pirou: Built on an island in the middle of an artificial pond, the Castle is a beautiful medieval fortress of the 12th century: chapel, bakery, wine press, stables, gatehouse… Discover the legend of the geese of Pirou which tells the story of the metamorphosis of the occupants of the castle into geese in the face of the Scandinavian assailants
The Château de Carrouges: Located in the heart of the Regional Natural Park, this brick, granite and slate castle reflects its colours in the water moat that surrounds it.
Stay for the more sporty
Normandy is not only about its gastronomy, culture and history. Our region is a real playground thanks to its many sporting competitions. Normandy can be discovered through a gentle itinerary, whether on horseback, by bike or on foot. It is the promise of a great sporting adventure!
Activities to discover :
The GR21: Explore the best GR long-distance hiking trail in France. This beautiful 190 km route, which runs along the Côte d’Albâtre, offers hikers a variety of exceptional landscapes. You will discover the richness of Normandy’s natural heritage.
The Jumièges leisure centre: in Jumièges, not far from the famous Abbey, visit the leisure centre! On the programme: accrobranche, canoeing and kayaking, volleyball courts… all in the middle of nature.
A day’s cycling in Giverny: Giverny is the birthplace of Impressionism. Did you know that the village is located near one of the most beautiful cycling routes in France? The Seine by bike. Giverny is an essential part of your stay!