Normandy, France

The Normandy region of France has world renown tourist attractions with Paris only 2.25 hours away by bullet train. Receiving 90 million international visitors a year, France was the number one destination in the world for international tourism in 2019 with 2.5 million tourists visiting Mont St Michel and Basilica St Therese, located in Lisieux, Normandy. St Therese is the second most popular religious pilgrimage site in France, after Lourdes.

Rouen is also a popular tourist destination and is known as Normandy's jewel with a number of amazing Gothic churches including the Gothic Roen cathedral and the Church of St Maclou and the old medieval Rouen town centre. The Normandy countryside has many spectacular Chateaus to visit also.

 

The region of Normandy is situated on the north west coast of France.

Main tourist attractions in Normandy

Barfleur: Picturesque Barfleur, at the northeast tip of the Cotentin peninsula

Giverny: visit the home of the greatest Impressionist, Claude Monet, and the Giverny Museum of Impressionism - formerly the Museum of American art.
There are more works by the major Impressionists in the museums at Rouen and Le Havre (see below).

Caen: a large part of which was destroyed in the Second World War, has a Memorial museum of the Normandy Landings and the Liberation.

The Normandy Beaches: the site of the D-Day Landings in World War 2 - Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, Utah Beach and the others. The landings are commemorated in monuments, museums and the war graves of the thousands who gave their lives. Normandy beach Coach tours depart from Bayeux.

Bayeux: attractive old Norman town where the historic Bayeux tapestry was made, and is still preserved, 900 years after it was made. The museum is open 7/7. Departure point of coach tours of the Normandy beaches.

Falaise: impressive Medieval fortress with museum, museum of Civilian life during the War, birthplace of William the Conqueror.

The Lower Normandy seaside: Between the Seine and Caen, the coast of lower Normandy offers a succession of genteel seaside resorts, including Trouville, Houlgate and Cabourg, etc. - resorts that flourished in the ninetenth century, as the closest to Paris.

Honfleur: Attractive small port at the mouth of the Seine. Old harbour with picturesque quayside; Eugène Boudin museum. St Catherine's church, from the 15th century, is the largest historic wooden church in France.

Rouen: with its quays on the river Seine, its picturesque historic centre, with half-timbered houses, an ancient clock, and a magnificent gothic cathedral, one of the finest in France. The Rouen Fine Arts museum - musée des beaux arts - has the best collection of works by the Impressionists outside Paris, plus a broad collection of old masters from 15th century to the 20th century, including Rubens, Velasquez, Poussin and many more. There is also the Joan of Arc museum.

Le Havre: in the 1950's, the old town, destroyed in the war, was rebuilt in concrete by architect Auguste Perret, to the wishes of the Communist city council. This example of postwar urban planning is classed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Le Havre: Musée Malraux is one of the best museums outside Paris for impressionism & fauvism. Large collection of 19th & 20th century masters including Monet, Renoir, Boudin, Marquet, Pissaro and many others.

The White Cliffs of Etretat: the most famous cliffs in France.

Pays d'Auge: the archetypal Norman countryside, with its small villages and traditional half-timbered cottages.

La Suisse Normande: the highest hills in Normandy, around 1000 ft., loved by hikers and ramblers - though they are a long way from being mountains.

Mont Saint Michel: the world famous medieval abbey built on a rock in the bay - a UNESCO world heritage site. One of France's most visited historic monuments.

Le Cotentin: countryside, cliffs and sandy beaches, on this granite promontory jutting out into the English Channel. The Cotentin coastline, from Juno beach up to Cherbourg, and then down again to Mont Saint Michel, has numerous attractive beaches and small seaside towns, many of them free from crowds even in high summer.

 

World Famous Citadel - Mont St Michel in Normandy

 

Etretat, Normandy

 

Arromanches, Normandy

 

Picturesque country villages and seaside towns.

 

 

 

 

Town clock, medieval town centre - Rouen, Normandy

 

Medieval town centre - Rouen, Normandy

 

Rue du Gros Horloge, Rouen

 

Chateau de Vendeuvre, Lisieux, Normandy

 

Chateau de Frefosse, Le Tilleul, Normandy

 

Chateau de Bosgouet, Bosgouet, Normandy

 

Chateau de Crosville-sur-Douve, Crossville-sur-Douve, Normandy

 

Basilica St Therese in Lisieux, Normandy

 

Rouen Cathedral, Normandy

 

Rouen Cathedral Facade

 

Church of St Maclou, Rouen

 

English Islands - Jersey

Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is a British Crown dependency lying just off the coast of Normandy in France. It is 22 klms from the French mainland with regular ferry services running between Jersey and Carteret on the French coast with the crossing taking 1hr15mins and costing approx. 30 euro.

Jersey has a wealth of beaches and coastal activities on offer with the north and east coasts scattered with rock pools ideal for children, whilst the south and west coasts are lined by golden sandy beaches with bright blue waters worthy of the Mediterranean. It also has plenty of fascinating landmarks and historical sites waiting to be explored including the ruins of a 14th Century castle, you can hike around the historic old bunkers dotting the coast (Jersey was occupied by the Germans during WWII) or kayak around the rugged cliffs that surround this epic isle. It is the perfect escape with your partner with excellent restaurants providing a wealth of fresh local seafood on a daily basis.

Jersey's tax rate is 20% and as deposits from wealthy individuals filled the nation’s coffers, the revelation that most any tax could be avoided in Jersey brought the banking business to roost on the island, giving birth to one of the most popular offshore destinations for U.S. dollars, rubles, yen, and other global currencies. Jersey is now a popular tax haven.

 

 

Elizabeth Castle

 

Guernsey

Guernsey Island is 62 klms from Jersey with regular ferry services running between the two.

 

Castle Cornet - Guernsey

 

 

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