Looking for nature, seaside and culture? See you in Normandy! With its 600km of coastline, its 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites and its typical bocage, the region is ideal for a weekend getaway - or longer - in search of authenticity. From Seine-Maritime to Calvados, via Eure, Orne and Manche, Petit Futé invites you to brave the Norman crachin to discover its 10 favourite sites.
N°10 - Bayeux and its tapestry
When you cross Bayeux, you are struck by its typical architecture of half-timbered houses and manor houses. But if this Calvados commune attracts so many visitors, it is for a completely different treasure.... Nearly 1000 years old, the Bayeux tapestry fascinates by its beauty. 70m long and 50m wide, it illustrates William the Conqueror's conquest of England. Incredibly well preserved, it is a precious testimony to life in the Middle Ages
N°9 - The mythical plates of Deauville
Often associated with romanticism and French elegance, Deauville has made history since the shooting of Claude Lelouch's famous Un homme, une femme. Worshipped by Parisians, it is popularly considered as the 21st arrondissement of the capital! Les Planches de Deauville is the meeting place for celebrities, especially during the famous American film festival. The cabins bearing the names of all these stars form a real little "Hollywood Boulevard" on which it is nice to stroll
N°8 - The oak chapel of Allouville-Bellefosse
Located in the Pays de Caux in Seine-Maritime, in the centre of the village of Allouville-Bellefosse, this oak is the oldest in France. His age is not certain but recent studies attribute him 1200 years. Within it, it houses two tiny chapels! The first, located in the trunk at the foot of the tree, is dedicated to Our Lady of Peace. The second, at the top of the tree, is called "Chapelle du Calvaire". A magical site to discover with the whole family!
N°7 - The small port of Honfleur
Norman capital of artists, Honfleur has travelled all over the world thanks to the painters who immortalized its port. At the gateway to the Pays d'Auge, on the flowered coast, Honfleur charms strollers with its picturesque alleys and its Old Basin lined with restaurants. Its typical Norman houses covered with slate and the changing colour of its sky have made it one of the main cradles of Impressionism
N°6 - Veules-les-Roses and Veules
What seduces Veules-les-Roses above all is its village spirit. This little jewel of the Côte d'Albâtre with its sandy beach at low tide was a popular holiday destination in the 19th century: Victor Hugo used to live there. The river that flows between its typical half-timbered houses - the Veules - is the smallest in France since its course extends only 1,150km! It was here that watercress was grown and then sold in the capital
N°5 - Rouen and its cathedral
Capital of Normandy, Rouen is better known as "the city of a hundred bell towers", dear to Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert or Corneille. Indeed, it has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for many artists, such as Claude Monet, who immortalized his imposing cathedral 30 times! This wonder of Gothic architecture, built in the 13th century, illuminates the city centre. Its cast iron boom, which stands at 151m, is the highest in France. A must have!
N°4 - D-Day landing beaches, a historical journey
The landing on the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944 was one of the most significant episodes in the history of the liberation of France. Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach are now part of the World Heritage List. The American cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer is a place to pay tribute to all those soldiers who died for France.... The emotion is palpable
N°3 - The Claude Monet de Giverny Foundation, the colours of Impressionism
Claude Monet's famous pink plastered house never ceases to amaze its visitors. Here, even if the Norman sky is often grey, the colours warm up the atmosphere and the painter's soul still hovers in the garden alleys. If the house allows us to discover the artist's incredible collection of Japanese prints, it is the exterior that should not be missed! It is here, facing the still intact Japanese bridge, that Claude Monet painted his famous water lilies
N°2 - Étretat and its sumptuous cliffs
A true postcard of Normandy, the cliffs of Étretat have inspired many artists, such as Claude Monet, who illustrated them in one of his most famous series of paintings. This majestic site, which, by its verticality, contrasts with the gentle tides of the English Channel, offers one of the most beautiful walks in Normandy. Mystery lovers will also be able to discover Arsène Lupin's house: the author of her adventures, Maurice Leblanc, is a child of the country (from Caux)!
N°1 - The mythical Mont-Saint-Michel
Is it still necessary to present Mont-Saint-Michel? Yes, it is indeed in Normandy! Its intense liturgical activity since the 8th century has made it one of the main places of pilgrimage in honour of the Archangel Michael. Built on a rocky islet in the middle of a bay, the tides surrounding it are among the largest in Europe. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most visited monuments in France