Feel Normandy: coast, countryside, cider and cheese
Glinting just across the Channel, the shores of Normandy are the gateway to a region of astounding diversity. It’s home to iconic sights including Mont-Saint-Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry and the vast, sandy stretches where the D-Day Landings took place. A string of important ports along the coast and dizzying cliffs such as the archway at Étretat give way inland to a gentler landscape of rolling fields, grazing cattle and orchards groaning with apples and pears. The sophisticated seaside resorts of Deauville, Honfleur and Cabourg contrast with the wilder shores and fishing villages along the Cotentin peninsula.
In Normandy you can cycle along numerous marked trails, swing a club on some dramatically located golf courses and ride on horseback though the peaceful bocage countryside. As the birthplace of Impressionism, Normandy is also a major draw for art lovers who make a beeline for Monet’s house and garden at Giverny and the numerous city-based galleries. Medieval history abounds; wander past half-timbered houses in Rouen from the days of Joan of Arc and retrace William the Conquerer’s footsteps at Caen’s Abbaye aux Hommes and Abbaye aux Dames. And let’s not forget that Normandy is a true gourmet's treasure trove with Camembert, Calvados, cider and scallops in delicious abundance.