The bocage is the area that stretches from the south of Caen to Vire. Its name stems from the fact that its fields are bordered with hedgerows.
The landscape is somewhat reminiscent of nearby Brittany. Not surprisingly, for the bocage is located at the extremity of the Armorican Massif, whose granite deposits have provided stone for many a local construction.
With its undulating prairies, the bocage is a genuine paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. By bike, on foot or on horseback, you'll be spoilt for choice among the area's 550 miles of marked routes.
Not to be missed: bungee jumping, AJ Hackett style. In the heart of the Souleuvre valley stands a viaduct built by Gustave Eiffel... a viaduct that serves as a springboard for many an adventurous visitor... And even if you're not particularly keen on taking the plunge yourself, you can simply take a seat on the waterside and admire others as they take their swallow dive.
The Vire gorges route offers you a fine insight into the superb Bocage landscapes. Along your way, stop over at the Bion grotto, a truly original site, devoted to Saint Mary.
Penetrate the mysteries of the surrounding countryside, steeped in legends and tales of healing saints. Each church and each chapel has its own story. In Livry, Saint Sulpice heals skin disorders, whereas Saint Quentin in Le Tourneur looks after coughs and whooping cough. And if your baby is suffering from cradle cap, then pay a visit to Saint Célérin in Roucamps...
An amusing slant to a tour of these lesser known churches.
Andouille de Vire (traditional chitterling sausage), foie gras production, snail farms, cider makers... a vast array of local skills and fine produce.
From gastronomy to fine tableware, the Guy Degrenne factory shop offers an excellent link and a great shopping experience - you're also sure to enjoy a fascinating tour of the factory.
Don't miss a great family day out, or even a nocturnal tour in the summer months, at the Jurques Zoological Park. Or why not go underground over a fascinating tour of the subterranean world of Caumont l'Eventé.
Along with the fine city of Le Havre, Villers-Bocage, Caumont-l'Eventé and Aunay-sur-Odon are also splendid examples of post-war reconstruction. Enjoy an insight into this little-known heritage over a guided tour.
A verdant destination that is also steeped in tradition for your next relaxing holiday in the heart of Normandy.