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Normandy Travel Guide

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Plan Your Normandy Vacation

Normandy—shaped roughly like a jigsaw puzzle piece—sprawls across France’s northwestern corner. Due to its geographic position, this region is blessed with a stunning natural beauty that once inspired Maupassant and Monet. Little wonder today's sightseers pack into colorful Rouen, seaside Honfleur, and magnificent Mont-St-Michel. Happily, it is easy to escape all those travelers.

Simply lose yourself along the spectacular cliff-lined coast or in the green spaces inland, where the closest thing to a crowd is a farmer with his herd of brown-and-white cows. Whatever road you turn down, the region is sure to enchant.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Mont-St-Michel The spire-top silhouette of this mighty offshore mound, dubbed the Marvel of the Occident, is one of the greatest sights in Europe. Plan to arrive at high tide, when the water races across the endless sands.
  2. Bayeux Come not just for the splendor of the tapestry telling how William conquered England, but also for untouched medieval buildings and the beefy, bonnet-top cathedral.
  3. Honfleur From France's prettiest harbor, bobbing with boats and lined with beam-fronted houses, you can head to the ravishing wooden church of Ste-Catherine.
  4. Rouen Sanctified by the memory of Jeanne d'Arc, hallowed by its towering Gothic cathedral, and graced by a huge Renaissance clock, Rouen is the gateway to Normandy.
  5. D-Day Beaches Contemplate the dramatic deeds of World War II by visiting Caen’s Mémorial, then touring the beaches from rocky Omaha to pancake-flat Utah.

When To Go

When to Go

July and August are the busiest months but also the most activity filled: Concerts are held every evening at Mont-St-Michel, and the region's most import...

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