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Your guide to Normandy
Welcome to Normandy
This region of northwest France is packed with history both ancient and modern. Normandy is as famous for the 11th-century invasion of England (and the Bayeux Tapestry that still resides here) as it is for the birth of Impressionism and the D-Day landings. Medieval castles and churches punctuate its pastoral landscape and rugged coastline, culminating in the Gothic grandeur of its capital city, Rouen, whose famous cathedral pierces the sky with its three great spires. A gentler beauty prevails in port towns like Le Havre and Honfleur, not to mention the loveliness of seaside resorts such as Deauville, Granville, and Trouville-sur-Mer. There’s space for quiet contemplation, too, at the famed landing beaches of the Second World War, which are marked by moving tributes, from the Caen Peace Memorial and the Arromanches museum to the 9,388 white crosses of the Normandy American Cemetery.
The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Normandy
With its sandy beaches, sea breezes, and late sunsets, summer is a delight in Normandy. It’s also a time when some of Normandy’s largest events take place. Annual D-Day commemorations are held in June, and in July the Fêtes Médiévales de Bayeux joyously celebrate the region’s medieval history with Viking, Saxon, and Norman re-enactments. For those who prefer it a little quieter, spring and autumn can be a good time to visit (pack layers and waterproofs, as the weather can be unpredictable), and May is a great time to be in Rouen, when the city celebrates its most famous heroine, Joan of Arc. If you’re a cinephile, September is the time to head to Deauville: the American Film Festival attracts the biggest stars of the silver screen to its celebrated boardwalk.
Top things to do in Normandy
There are many profound sights in Normandy, but none quite as mystical as the silhouette of this Romanesque monastery rising up from its own rock island, overlooking the tidal bay between Cancale and Granville. Walk across the footbridge (there’s also a shuttle bus) to marvel at its abbey cloisters or — if you arrive in summer — take in one of the outdoor concerts held in its 1,300-year-old courtyards.
André Malraux Museum of Modern Art at Le Havre
Many Normandy locations inspired Claude Monet, but it was his painting of a sunrise over Le Havre that dubbed him an Impressionist. The permanent exhibition here spans three centuries, and its collection of Impressionist works is second only to that at the Musée d’Orsay.
Bagnoles de l’Orne
Well concealed within the Normandie-Maine Regional Park, this spa town makes you feel as if you’ve stumbled back in time and through a magical forest. Belle Époque buildings, including an elegant casino and a grand palace, look out over its serene lake, relaxing you long before you’ve thought about your first spa treatment.