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Natural areas and parks

Natural areas and parks

The Sallenelles Bay estuary
The Sallenelles Bay estuary © S.Guichard

Calvados offers a wealth of protected natural sites.

Whether you opt for the Cotentin and Bessin Marshland natural regional park, natural reserves or sensitive natural areas, they all have their own treasures just waiting to be discovered.

From May to October, over 600 "Nature Escapades" are organised to offer you an original insight into Mother nature's hidden treasures. 

Natural sites not to be missed in Calvados

Orne Bay

Orne Bay
Orne Bay

Discover the Orne Bay over a stroll amidst the hides and dunes of Pointe du Siège.

Discover the banks of the Orne ›

Bois du Breuil forest

Bois du Breuil forest
Bois du Breuil forest

Located just a few miles from Honfleur, the Bois du Breuil is one of the coast's rare forests.

Discover the Bois du Breuil forest ›

The Black Cow Cliffs

The Black Cow Cliffs
The Black Cow Cliffs

Located between Houlgate and Villers-sur-Mer, these cliffs are home to an exceptional wealth of geological and palaeontological vestiges.

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Pont aux Retours waterfalls

Pont aux Retours waterfalls
Pont aux Retours waterfalls

The waterfalls to the south of Vire fall amidst the granite rocks, offering a truly bucolic backdrop, to admire and appreciate at all ages.  

Discover the Pont aux Retours waterfalls ›

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach

An exceptional site where you can revel in the panoramic views over the D-Day Landing beaches.

Discover the historic site of Omaha Beach ›

Rochers des Parcs rocks

Rochers des Parcs rocks
Rochers des Parcs rocks

An emblematic site offering a 360 degree panorama over Suisse Normande.

Discover the Roches des Parcs ›

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'Amis de Jean Bosco' Wood (Gavrus)

MONDRAINVILLE

This wood covers 65 hectares of woodland open to the public all year round and incluses 8km of walking routes throughout the forest and in the Odon Valley.

'Amis de Jean Bosco' Wood (Gavrus)
, 14210 MONDRAINVILLE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 29 18 80

 

Aure valley

BAYEUX

Located 4km from Honfleur, the Bois du Breuil is one of the rare forests on the coastline and is open to the public.

Aure valley
, 14400 BAYEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 51 28 28

 

Blonville-Villers Marsh

VILLERS-SUR-MER

These marshlands stretch across 120ha and offer a peaceful environment for the many bird species that nest here.

Blonville-Villers Marsh
, 14640 VILLERS-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 15 30 90

 

Brèche au Diable - Mont Joly

SOUMONT-SAINT-QUENTIN

This rocky outcrop overlooking the precipitous Laizon gorges is one of the region's most striking natural sites.

Brèche au Diable - Mont Joly
, 14220 SOUMONT-SAINT-QUENTIN
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 90 17 26

 

Breuil Wood

PENNEDEPIE

Located 4km from Honfleur, the Bois du Breuil is one of the rare forests on the coastline and is open to the public.

Breuil Wood
, 14600 PENNEDEPIE

 

Cap Romain Nature Reserve

BERNIERES-SUR-MER

This seafront cliff is located alongside the villages of St Aubin sur Mer and Bernières sur Mer and offers a vast array of fossils of great geological inter...

Cap Romain Nature Reserve
Chemin du Cap Romain , 14990 BERNIERES-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 36 22 21

 

Caprice Wood

COLLEVILLE-MONTGOMERY

Located between Colleville Montgomery, Ouistreham and St Aubin d'Arquenay, and stretching over 75 hectares, the great wealth of the Bois du Caprice resides ...

Caprice Wood
, 14880 COLLEVILLE-MONTGOMERY

 

Cerisy Forest

MONTFIQUET

Situated between Bayeux and Saint-Lô, the Cerisy national forest covers 2,130 hectares and is the largest natural forest reserve located on a plain.

Cerisy Forest
L'Embranchement , 14990 MONTFIQUET
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 51 96 56

 

Grimbosq Forest

GRIMBOSQ

The Grimbosq Forest (covering 475 hectares) is the property of the town of Caen and is located 19km to the south of the town and 7km from Thury Harcourt.

Grimbosq Forest
, 14220 GRIMBOSQ
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 75 49 50

 

La Houle Rocks

SAINT-OMER

The River Orne runs alongside the abrupt crags, dominated by a rock referred to as the Pain de Sucre (literally sugar bread), at the extremity of the La Hou...

La Houle Rocks
La route des Crêtes , 14220 SAINT-OMER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 79 70 45

 

Lake Dathée

VIRE NORMANDIE

Located 8km from Vire. 43 hectare lake (bathing prohibited).

Lake Dathée
VIRE, 14500 VIRE NORMANDIE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 66 28 50

 

Les Rochers des Parcs

LE VEY

This emblematic Suisse Normande site is well known for its rocky escarpments and can be visited from below, along the banks of the Orne, or from above, alon...

Les Rochers des Parcs
, 14570 LE VEY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 79 70 45

 

Mesnil Soleil nature reserve

DAMBLAINVILLE

Belonging to the Monts d'Eraines, the site's subsoil, orientation and topography combine to explain the presence, on its slopes, of distinctive and quite un...

Mesnil Soleil nature reserve
, 14620 DAMBLAINVILLE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 53 01 05

 

Mont Canisy

BENERVILLE-SUR-MER

Mont Canisy
, 14910 BENERVILLE-SUR-MER

 

Mont Pinçon Heath

LES MONTS D'AUNAY

The highest point in Calvados (362m)! Radio and television transmitter with 216 metre pylon covering the entire region of Lower Normandy.

Mont Pinçon Heath
LE PLESSIS-GRIMOULT, 14770 LES MONTS D'AUNAY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 77 16 14

 

Odon valley

BRETTEVILLE-SUR-ODON

Comprised of wet prairies and wooded areas, the Odon valley sensitive natural area stretches from Caen to Mondrainville.

Odon valley
, 14760 BRETTEVILLE-SUR-ODON

 

Omaha Beach

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER

Omaha Beach is famous for its American Military Cemetery where 5,000 soldiers, fallen in the name of liberty, are laid to rest.

Omaha Beach
, 14710 SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 51 39 52

 

Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin
3 village Ponts d'Ouve Saint-Côme-du-Mont , 50500 CARENTAN LES MARAIS
Telephone : 33 (0)2 33 71 65 30

 

Pont ès Retours Waterfall

VIRE NORMANDIE

Discover the River Vire waterfalls in this magnificent landscaped environment, offering direct access to Maisoncelles la Jourdan.

Pont ès Retours Waterfall
ROULLOURS, 14500 VIRE NORMANDIE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 66 28 50

 

Saint Samson Bird Reserve

SAINT-SAMSON

Belonging to the Monts d'Eraines, the site's subsoil, orientation and topography combine to explain the presence, on its slopes, of distinctive and quite un...

Saint Samson Bird Reserve
Rue du domaine , 14670 SAINT-SAMSON
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 44 24 87

 

Saint Sever Forest

NOUES DE SIENNE

1,500 hectares of deciduous (beech and oak) and coniferous trees (pectin and Douglas firs).

Saint Sever Forest
SAINT-SEVER-CALVADOS, 14380 NOUES DE SIENNE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 66 28 50

 

Saint-Pierre Pond

VALORBIQUET

The Etang de Saint-Pierre is a trout fishing pond open to the general public. Calm and relaxation guaranteed. French bowls grounds, football pitch and badmi...

Saint-Pierre Pond
Chemin du Val SAINT-PIERRE-DE-MAILLOC, 14290 VALORBIQUET
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 62 84 26

 

The banks of the Orne

CAEN

Located on the outskirts of Caen, this sensitive natural area is a vast preserved wetland that can be visited via over 3 miles of marked pathways.

The banks of the Orne
, 14000 CAEN

 

The Orne estuary

SALLENELLES

The département of Calvados' leading natural preserved site, the Orne estuary is of major ecological interest.

The Orne estuary
Maison de la Nature et de l'Estuaire Boulevard Maritime , 14121 SALLENELLES
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 78 71 06

 

The Roches Noires cliffs

VILLERVILLE

Landscaped for walking (pathways, belvedere, picnic area...) this natural park is located at the western entrance to Villerville.

The Roches Noires cliffs
, 14113 VILLERVILLE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 87 77 76

 

The source of the Orbiquet

LA FOLLETIERE-ABENON

The source of the Orbiquet
, 14290 LA FOLLETIERE-ABENON
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 32 56 68

 

Vaches Noires Cliffs
, 14510 HOULGATE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 87 01 18

 

Valcongrain Forest

LES MONTS D'AUNAY

Stretching over 375 hectares, the Valcongrain national forest is located on the Aunay-sur-Odon/Thury Harcourt road.

Valcongrain Forest
CAMPANDRE-VALCONGRAIN, 14260 LES MONTS D'AUNAY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 77 16 14