With a stunning alabaster coastline, flourishing pastures and charming architecture, Normandy’s picturesque nature – once Monet’s inspiration – is in evocative contrast to its turbulent past. Although most famous for WWII’s D-Day landings in 1944, Normandy has played many leading roles in European history. In between your time spent at beautiful pebbled beaches, renowned museums or meandering country lanes, visit the spot where, in 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake or see the celebrated Bayeux tapestry. Aside from the serious stuff, Normandy is also pretty cheesy … literally. While several world-renowned cheeses are created here, seafood is also a specialty, with fresh oysters and mussels in constant supply. With both history and gastronomy, you’ll find plenty to do in this stunning coastal region.
Say your prayers. You can’t go on a Normandy day tour without seeing the majestic abbey, Mont St Michel, which floats on an island just offshore. Under 25’s can visit this Normandy sightseeing hotspot for free!
Say cheese. Eat your way through this cheese heaven on your Normandy day trips. From Camembert, Pavé d’Aug and Livarot to Pont l’Evêque, Neufchatel and Boursin, Normandy has all your cheese dreams covered.
Green thumbs up. This beautiful region has some exquisite parks and gardens ideal to add to your Normandy sightseeing bucket list. The Jardins de Castillon, and the garden of legendary Claude Monet are definitely worth adding to you Normandy day tours.
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Best time to visit
Tourist season lasts from June to September, so if you're looking for lower costs and less crowds on your Normandy tours, we recommend visiting in spring or autumn. May sees the arrival of plenty of festivities including the Joan of Arc festival and the annual Jazz festival, although it’s not as warm as summer so don't forget to pack a jumper! If you don't mind the crowds and the extra cost, try and schedule Normandy day trips in June to coincide with the annual D-Day commemorations.
For inter-regional travel, train is your best bet in France. From Paris, travel to the Caen, Rouen, or Bayeux stations to reach Normandy. If you fancy a French road trip, Normandy is easily reached by car, just be wary of the frequent toll charges.
Money saving tips
Eating out in France can be expensive, so opt for a picnic lunch at one of Normandy’s many scenic locations to break up your Normandy tours instead. Wine-lovers will rejoice in the cheap array of wines available in this rich foodie region.
Did you know?
Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting tidbits about Normandy...
Normandy’s coastline spans 360 miles and is bordered by the English Channel.
D-Day in Normandy was the largest seaborne invasion in world history.
Farmer Marie Harel first created Camembert cheese in the late 1700’s, in the Normandy village of Camembert. The cheese was a common addition to French military ration packs during WWI.