When to Go to Normandy

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When to Go to Normandy

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 important horse races are held in Deauville culminating with the Gold Cup Polo Championship and the Grand Prix on the last Sunday in August. June 6, the anniversary of the Allied invasion, is the most popular time to visit the D-Day beaches. If you're trying to avoid crowds, your best bet is late spring and early autumn, when it is still fairly temperate. May finds the apple trees in full bloom and miles of waving flaxseed fields spotted with tiny sky-blue flowers. Some of the biggest events of the region take place during these seasons: in Rouen, at the end of May, Joan of Arc is honored at a festival named for her; there is jazz under the apple trees in Coutances; the first week of September in Deauville is the American Film Festival.

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