Set off on a holiday across Normandy’s villages and seaside resorts, where visits and discoveries punctuate your stay.
Curious visitors are sure to appreciate the many museums, sites and monuments to choose from, whilst nature lovers can marvel at the great diversity of landscapes, over parks, gardens and beaches. Not forgetting a visit to one of our local craftworkers and producers, or a tour of an agricultural or animal breeding farm. Whatever you like, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
We thought we’d bundle up everything you need to know about our département – whether it’s your first, second, third or umpteenth time exploring Normandy Tourism. Here’s the who, why, where, what and how of your best-ever short break or holiday in France.
When the ‘D-Day Beaches’ are referred to as a pivotal point in WW2 history, there really couldn’t be a truer word said. It’s on these beaches that an epic day of daring sacrifice and comradeship unfolded like no other, the ‘day’ in question 6th June 1944, when British, Canadian and US troops together made a surprise attack on German forces landing on the coast of Normandy in France.
6th June 1944: the greatest battle of the Second World War began here, in Normandy. Normandy is a genuine open-air museum throughout which the vestiges of the D-Day Landing beaches and the Battle of Normandy are still visible to this very day: artillery batteries, bunkers, cemeteries...
As visual aids to understanding history go, the Bayeux Tapestry, its home right here in Calvados, is up there amongst the most eye-popping artefacts in the whole world. Not far short of 1,000 years old, it gives us an epic retelling of events in English history’s most famous year – 1066 – when William Duke of Normandy conquered England at the Battle of Hastings and became known for ever thereafter as William the Conqueror, King of England.