Ryanair’s new route makes the Normandy coast more accessible than ever
Ryanair announced last week (11 December) the launch of a new route from London Stansted to Deauville, Normandy. Starting on 3rd April and running to 23rd October 2015, this summer route will operate twice weekly on Fridays and Mondays. With a flight time of just one hour and single fares starting at £18.99 including taxes and charges, the region of Normandy is more accessible than ever. Ryanair hopes that this new route will carry up to 18, 000 passengers a year.
Situated on Normandy’s Côte Fleurie just a ten minute drive from the airport, the chic seaside resort of Deauville boasts a strong equstrian tradition, smart boutiques and a grand casino. A historical favourite with France’s high-society, Deauville is often referred to as the ‘Parisian Riviera’ and has hosted the likes of Chanel and Colette. There is a vibrant cultural calendar throughout the year, the highlight of which is the American Film Festival that takes place every September and welcomes big name stars to the beachside red-carpet.
Literally a stone’s throw from Deauville across the river Touques you’ll find the traditional fishing town of Trouville-sur-Mer. The town’s wide sandy beaches, winding streets and Belle Epoque architecture have inspired French artists and writers from Flaubert to Boudin. The beach at Trouville was the first in Normandy to have a boardwalk in 1867 and the town has been attracting sea bathers since the 19th century. Today Trouville is a favourite family seaside resort offering a range of water sports, guided boat trips and an activities club for children.
Head east along the coast from Deauville and in less than 30 minutes (or 15 minutes from Deauville airport) you’ll arrive at the picturesque town of Honfleur. Favourite subject of the Impressionist artists, this charming fishing port looks much as it did when
Monet was a frequent visitor. For those in search of culture, the Eugène Boudin Museum displays the works of some of the great Impressionist artists while the Maisons Satie takes you into the local born composer’s world of music, humour and fantasy.
A few miles inland from Deauville will bring you to Normandy’s picture-perfect countryside of the Pays d’Auge. This lush agricultural land is a food lover’s paradise – this is where three of Normandy’s A.O.C (controlled designation of origin) cheeses originate - Camembert, Pont l’Evêque and Livarot- and where you’ll find most of the region’s distilleries.
The 24-mile Cider Route signposts 20 distilleries that will open their cellars, share their production secrets and offer visitors a tipple of their cider, calvados or
pommeau. The route will take you through pretty villages of half-timbered houses, Norman cattle grazing amongst the apple orchards and impressive châteaux.
Arriving into Deauville offers the ideal solution for a hassle-free seaside family holiday or a cultural weekend out of school holidays. With a great range of accommodation
options from affordable self-catering, to friendly B&Bs and luxurious 5* hotels, Normandy has something to suit everyone’s taste.