What to do in Normandy
Lower Normandy offers so much for singles, couples and families choosing to holiday in the region. From the historic city of Bayeux and it’s incredible Notre Dame Cathedral and Tapestry, to the D-Day Beaches and War Memorials along the coast towards Caen, Honfleur and the stunning Etretat near Fecamp.
Le Mont St-Michel is a must on any visitor’s itinerary, when heading further South towards the Brittany border, as is the stunning medieval town of Domfront.
At every turn in Normandy you will find little gems, whether they be a beautiful village church, a pretty unspoilt beach, a ‘Chateau’ or a small war memorial.
It’s not only war and history to be found in Normandy, so those traveling with children, do not fear. You’ll find amazing attractions such as Cite de la Mer, (the largest submarine open to the public in the world and their incredible 17 aquariums to explore life under the sea); Festyland (historically themed amusement park with roller coasters and water slides for the thrill seekers); cycle trails; horse riding; archery and much much more.
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Mont St Michel
Worship of Saint Michel began on the Mount in 708, but it wasn’t until the 10th Century that Benedictine monks started building the Abbey. A place of medieval pilgrimage that withstood attacks by the English, time and the elements, is now a symbol of French national identity. The monks departed in 1790 and in 1874 it was listed as a historic monument.
If you aren’t fit enough to tackle the stairs up to the Abbey, there is plenty to explore within the lower Mount, including gift shops, delicious restaurants or why not take a walk out on to the marshes if the tide is out?
It is believed that the tapestry was commissioned in the 11th Century by Bishop Odo of Bayeux, half-brother of William the Conqueror. It is over 70 metres long and since 1993, it has been on display in it’s entirety in the museum. Audio tours are available to talk you through the scenes, some of which are a little gruesome, which the kids will no doubt enjoy!
The beaches stretch 50 miles along the Normandy coast and include Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. There are several museums and memorials along the coast, for those with a keen interest in military history. Mulberry Harbour on Gold Beach in Arromanches will really bring the history to life, as it’s easy to imagine troops and equipment being unloaded to join the battle for Normandy.
Famous due to the ill-fated landing of one of the US 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers, who landed on top of the church and was captured by the Germans. However, that didn’t stop this being the first town in France to be liberated, with the Stars & Stripes flag flying proudly by 4.30am on 6th June 1944.
There is so much to do in Normandy, so why not check out these fantastic sights during your visit?
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