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Normandy : Michelin's recommendations


Normandy, the inspiration of writers and artists, offers pure rural pleasure. Take a walk along the coast to fill your lungs with sea air and admire the elegant resorts. You will be left breathless when you first catch sight of Mont Saint-Michel rising from the sands or look down over Étretat’s white cliffs, and it is impossible not to be moved by the memory of the men who gave their lives on Normandy’s beaches in June 1944.
Further inland, acres of neat, hedge-lined fields meet the eye. Drink in the sight and scent of apple blossom, admire the pretty, half-timbered cottages and follow the Seine past medieval cities, daunting castles and venerable abbeys. And who could forget Normandy’s culinary classics: fresh seafood, creamy Camembert, cider and the famous apple brandy, Calvados?

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Normandy : Must-see towns and regions

  • Caen

    Contemporary and culturally prominent, this town boasting two abbeys (the abbaye aux Hommes and the abbaye aux Dames) deserves its place as a technological, regional and touristic regional capital. Ri...

  • Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    Mont Saint Michel’s position, history and architecture itself make this a “marvel of the West”. The mysteries that shroud it defy the imagination: moving sands, sudden mists, tides that run in “at the...

  • Rouen

    Rouen is the capital of Haute-Normandie and owes everything to its advantageous location on the road from Paris to the sea. Bursting with history, it has an abundance of atmosphere. A remarkable resto...

  • Bayeux

    The first city in France to be liberated in 1944, the capital of Bessin is a pleasant spot where old houses nestle amidst tranquil medieval alleys at the foot of its Gothic cathedral. It is also the c...

  • Dieppe

    The originality of Dieppe makes it such an enthralling town. Its cliffs, active port and beaches have attracted 19C painters there such as Boudin, Pissaro, Sisley and Renoir. Dieppe prides itself on b...

  • Étretat

    Étretat, an elegant seaside resort some 200km from Paris, owes its popularity to its characteristic lofty cliffs, so it is hardly surprising that numerous writers, painters and film-makers have found ...

  • Honfleur

    Honfleur is situated on the Seine estuary, where the river is spanned by the impressive Pont de la Normandie (Normandy Bridge). Positioned between the Auge region and the appropriately named Côte de G...

  • Deauville

    Deauville has iconic status as the ultimate seaside resort, on account of its world-renowned reputation for luxury and the refinement of its establishments and attractions: horseracing, world champion...

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