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  • 1 The Vieux-Bassin Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Ste-Catherine F - 14600 Honfleur

    It was created by Duquesne under the orders of Colbert. It is surrounded by beautiful quays and the yachts add a touch of charm. The rich two-story, sloping roof stone dwellings on St-Étienne quay contrast with those of quay Ste-Catherine where narro..

  • 2 Abbaye aux Hommes Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Esplanade Jean-Marie-Louvel F - 14000 Caen

    This 11C architectural masterpiece boasts elegant lines which combine Romanesque aesthetics, Gothic exuberance, and the Classicism of 18C monastic buildings. The church of Saint-Étienne was founded by William the Conqueror. The facade is striking for..

  • 3 Pont de Normandie Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 14600 Honfleur

    The Normandy Bridge, 2 141m long, designed by Mr Vijoleux, was seen as a milestone at the time of its construction in 1995 because it set the record for the longest cable-stayed bridge. This steel and concrete mass, which defies the laws of gravity, ..

  • 4 Corniche normande Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14360 Trouville-sur-Mer

    After strolling along the wooden promenade (planches) of Trouville, just as Courbet and Proust did in their time, drive towards Honfleur and its old port. In the midst of the green countryside, you will catch glimpses of lovely properties and the Sei..

  • 5 Côte Fleurie Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14800 Deauville

    The coast road along the Côte Fleurie is dotted with seaside resorts, beginning with Deauville, which owes its reputation to its luxurious hotels and facilities and elegant events (racing, sailing and tournaments). The town stretches out along a 2km-..

  • 6 D-Day Landing Beaches Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14000 Caen

    Lined by beaches of fine white sand, the Côte de Nacre (Mother-of-Pearl Coast) is nowadays full of life, hugely welcoming and of huge historical significance, attracting visitors from around the world. Through its landscapes, museums, memorials and m..

  • 7 Château de Fontaine-Henry Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 pl. du Château F - 14610 Fontaine-Henry

    The Château de Fontaine-Henry offers a valuable account of civil architecture of the Renaissance period. Note in particular the 16C Grand Pavilion with its vast slate roof and pepper-pot turret. The living quarters, built on the site of a medieval ed..

  • 8 Musée du mobilier miniature Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    9 r. du Château F - 14170 Vendeuvre

    The orangery of Vendeuvre Castle houses an exceptionally fine collection of miniature furniture, models or masterpieces. Admire the technical perfection and the meticulous attention to detail (ivory inlay, chased bronze, paintings and embroidery). 19..

  • 9 Municipal Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    6 r. Charles-Corbeau F - 27000 Évreux

    The old chapter house contains religious art objects from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: statues made of polychrome wood, Aubusson tapestries, tombstone plaques and capitals. In the basement, note the archeology room where the ancient Gallo-Rom..

  • 10 Gaillard Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    chemin de Château-Gaillard F - 27700 Les Andelys

    There are hardly any elements left from the castle desired by King Richard the Lion Hearted. The small castle was separated from the main fort by a deep ditch. Only the tallest of the five towers, which defended the small castle, remains. It was the ..

  • 11 The Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    3 pl. de l'Abbé-Herluin F - 27800 Le Bec-Hellouin

    The new abbey-church was laid out in the former refectory. An 11C sarcophagus houses the body of Herluin, who founded the abbey. The old abbey-church was demolished in the 19C and the 15C tower is its biggest remaining element. The cloister is one of..

  • 12 Cathedral of N.-D.- of Evreux Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    19 Rue Charles-Corbeau F - 27000 Évreux

    It shared the slings and arrows of the town's fortunes, burned on occasions and often rebuilt. Do not miss the flamboyant north door and, inside, the wrought iron grill closing off the choir stalls, the stained-glass windows (considered the finest ex..

  • 13 Château fort Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Blanmont F - 27140 Gisors

    Built back in 1097 by William II, King of England and son of William the Conqueror, this castle was further fortified in the 12C by Henry II before being taken by Philippe Auguste of France in 1193. During the Hundred Years War the castle changed han..

  • 14 Ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    From the route round these ramparts built between the 13 and 15C you'll find some attractive views over the Bay in particular from the north tower from which you can see Tombelaine's rock.

  • 15 Abbaye de Hambye Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    rte de l'Abbaye F - 50450 Hambye

    This abbey, founded around 1145 by the local lord, Guillaume Paynel, was used as a stone quarry following the Revolution and partly ruined. The severe appearance of the building is softened by elegant lancet windows. The Gothic choir has retained its..

  • 16 Mont-Saint-Michel bay Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    The bay of Mont-St-Michel is bordered by around 100km of coastline. The islands, cliffs, beaches and dunes here form a series of ecosystems home to numerous species of flora and fauna. This part of the Cotentin coast rewards visitors with stunning vi..

  • 17 Baie d'Écalgrain Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Dannery

    This desolate shore backed by moors and heather is one of the area's wildest but most impressive beauty spots. To the left of the island of Alderney one can make out Guernsey and Sark, and, on the horizon, the west coast of the Cotentin peninsula.

  • 18 Nez de Jobourg Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Dannery

    This long, rocky and barren promontory surrounded by reefs, is the most impressive cape of the wild Hague coast. Its most impressive aspects can be admired from the Nez de Voidries, which commands a view north of Écalgrain, the lighthouse off Cap de ..

  • 19 North Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50100 Cherbourg

    The corniche road which skirts the North Coast of the Cotentin from Cherbourg to Barfleur, commands lovely views of the coast, particularly between Bretteville and Fermanville.

  • 20 Church of Mont-St-Michel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    The exterior of the church, particularly the east end, is a masterpiece with its buttresses, rampant arches, bell turrets and balustrades. The interior reveals a marked contrast between the severe, sombre Romanesque nave and the elegant, luminous Got..

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