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D-Day Landing Beaches, Charming Seaside Towns & Cheese

Normandy Highlights

Centuries of history are to be explored in Normandy. From the UNESCO listed Bayeux Tapestry that tells the epic story of the 1066 conquest of England to the D-Day landing beaches, visitors avid of history will love it.

Iconic Mont-Saint-Michel

Perched on a hill, right on the border of Normandy and Brittany, Mont-Saint-Michel is like something out of a fairy tale. Mont-Saint-Michel has got it all – stunning views and a beautiful abbey that one can reach after climbing about… 350 steps! Its mystical aura is punctuated by the rhythmic ebb and flow of the tides, which paint an ever-changing canvas of nature’s majesty. As the sunlight dances upon the Gothic spires and cobblestone lanes, one can’t help but feel transported to a bygone era. Wander through the labyrinthine streets, where charming boutiques and quaint cafes beckon, or climb the ancient steps to the abbey’s celestial heights, and lose yourself in the enchantment of Mont-Saint-Michel.

Mont-Saint-Michel at low tide
Mont-Saint-Michel at low tide
Arromanches-les-Bains and Gold beach, in Normandy, France
Arromanches-les-Bains and Gold beach | © Original content / The French Route

D-Day beaches & nearby WWII sites

Step into history’s footsteps along the hallowed shores of Normandy’s D-Day landing beaches, where valor and sacrifice changed the course of World War II. Feel the weight of history as you stand on Omaha Beach, where Allied forces landed to help France get rid of the Nazis. Explore the haunting remnants of German bunkers at Pointe du Hoc, a testament to the fierce struggle for liberation, and visit the American Cemetery where 40% of the WWII Normandy assaults American war dead are buried.

Admire the world’s oldest comic strip in Bayeux

What makes Bayeux famous is its world-famous tapestry – an exquisite masterpiece that tells the epic story of the Norman Conquest in vibrant, embroidered detail. This extraordinary piece of art takes you on a captivating journey through time, showcasing battles and conquests from the epic adventure of William the Conqueror in 1066. As you stand before this 70-meter (224 ft) long marvel, you can’t help but marvel at the craftsmanship and dedication that went into creating such a breathtaking historical treasure. Prepare to be transported back in time as you immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Bayeux and its awe-inspiring tapestry.

A scene from the Bayeux Tapestry, in Normandy, France
Claude Monet's - French famous Impressionist painter - Gardens in Giverny
Claude Monet's - French famous Impressionist painter - gardens in Giverny


Giverny, a tiny village on the edge of Normandy and Île-de-France, is known for being the home of the legendary Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Giverny’s centerpiece is undoubtedly Monet’s iconic water garden, adorned with graceful Japanese footbridges, water lilies, and a kaleidoscope of blooming flowers. The garden’s vibrant colors and light captivated Monet’s imagination, leading to the creation of his renowned “Water Lilies” (Les Nymphéas) series, that can be admired at Paris’ Musée de l’Orangerie.

Fine Arts & Medieval history in Rouen

Rouen is the unofficial capital of Normandy. At the heart of this city stands the magnificent Rouen Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece that has inspired Monet. Monet, a famous impressionist painter, made a series of paintings picturing Rouen’s cathedral. Take some time to visit the outstanding Musée des Beaux Arts (Fine Art Museum). It features many impressionist masterpieces as well as canvases from other movements. It is also in Rouen that Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc) burned on the central square in 1431. Stop by the Historial Jeanne d’Arc for a compelling introduction to the great 15th-century French heroine.

The Gros Horloge - an astronomical clock dating to the 14th century - in Rouen's old town
The Gros Horloge - an astronomical clock dating to the 14th century - in Rouen's old town
People taking a stroll on the Marcel Proust Promenade in Cabourg, Normandy, France
The Marcel Proust Promenade in Cabourg | © Original content / The French Route

Chic port towns & quaint villages

Normandy, where chic seaside towns and laid-back coastal villages blend together. From the glamorous shores of Deauville to the relaxed charm of Honfleur, this region oozes with coastal allure. Picture yourself strolling along the Marcel Proust promenade in Honfleur, feeling the salty breeze against your skin as you pass by elegant boutiques, casinos and trendy cafes. Indulge in delectable seafood platters at waterfront restaurants, paired with a glass of crisp local cider.


Among the 1,000 or so cheese varieties made in France, Camembert is one of the 3 most sold. And you’ll understand why once you’ll have a taste of it! But that’s just the beginning. Normandy’s culinary prowess extends far beyond cheese. Freshly caught seafood, boasting plump oysters, escalope à la normande, creamy mussels, etc. the list is long! Normandy is also known for its Calvados – an apple cider distilled into Brandy by 300 producers since 1553. You may want to try it out after a crepe!

A crepe with apple, caramel and chantilly creme served in a restaurant in Normandy, France
A crepe with apple, caramel and chantilly creme | © Original content / The French Route

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Waterfront at the "Vieux Bassin" in Honfleur

Paris, WWII Normandy, Honfleur & Mont-Saint-Michel

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