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  • 1 Pays d'Auge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14340 Crèvecœur-en-Auge

    Pastures dotted with thatched cottages and half-timbered manor houses, willow and apples trees, a patchwork of quickset hedges crisscrossed with winding roads - including the cider route: the Pays d'Auge makes for an admirable contrast with the beach..

  • 2 Côte de Grâce Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14600 Honfleur

    The serene beauty of this famous site is best appreciated when the sun is out. From the calvary, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the Seine Estuary, Le Havre harbour and, to the right, over the Pont de Normandie, with the Pont de Tanca..

  • 3 Pointe de La Hague Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50440 Beaumont-Hague

    Cliffs that are among the tallest in Europe alternate with little sandy beaches and charming ports. The different elements are bound together by a strip of green that is well-known to hikers: the Sentier des Douaniers. This "land's end" wit..

  • 4 Ship-owner's house Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 quai de l’Île F - 76600 Le Havre

    This late 18C house, built for his personal use by the city's architect and hydrant officer, Mr Thibault, was bought by a ship-owner (hence its name) in the early 19C and it miraculously survived the bombing of 1944. Its five circular storeys, each e..

  • 5 Notre-Dame Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    4 rue du Gén.-de-Dais F - 14400 Bayeux

    A harmonious chevet, a door depicting the story of Thomas Becket, a façade with two Romanesque towers. Inside, interesting paintings in the right transept; the chancel, with its ambulatory and circle of Flamboyant chapels, is a fine example of the No..

  • 6 Honfleur's 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Église de la Trinité Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Reine-Mathilde F - 14000 Caen

    The vast nave with nine bays of this old abbey church, which dates from the 11C, was inspired by the Benedictine abbeys. It leads to the tomb of Queen Matilda, founder of the Abbaye-aux-Dames (Abbey for Women). Adjoining the south transept is an attr..

  • 9 Saint-Étienne Church, Abbaye aux Hommes Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Monseigneur-des-Hameaux F - 14000 Caen

    This is the abbey church of the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (Abbey for Men) founded by William the Conqueror. Begun in 1066 in the Romanesque style, it was completed in the 13C in the Gothic style. Its plain west front remains a remarkable example of Romanesqu..

  • 10 Pont de Normandie Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Route de l’Estuaire F - 76430 Sandouville

    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, ..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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-..

  • 13 Château de Fontaine-Henry Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 place 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..

  • 14 Musée du mobilier miniature Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    9 rue 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..

  • 15 Évreux 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..

  • 16 Château-Gaillard Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    chemin de Château-Gaillard F - 27700 Les Andelys

    In order to bar the King of France's route to Rouen via the Seine Valley, Richard the Lionheart, Duke of Normandy and King of England, decided to build a sturdy fortress on the cliff over the river near Andely in 1196. Works were furiously carried ou..

  • 17 Bec-Hellouin 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..

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

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 19 Gisors Castle 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..

  • 20 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.

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