Motorcycle road trip along the beautiful Côte Fleurie
The Côte Fleurie is an ideal destination for a short motorcycle road trip. This part of the Normandy coastline, which stretches from Cabourg to Honfleur, is indeed full of pleasant surprises, with a multitude of elegant and lively seaside resorts, long beaches where you can take the sea air and green surrounding countryside. You can also discover the local gastronomy, visit museums, admire the heritage and the Norman houses, but also simply enjoy the atmosphere of a territory that invites you to relax. After renting a motorbike at the Yamaha Rent agency in Biéville-Beuville, just outside Caen, it's time to hit the road to breathe the fresh air and make some incredible memories.
You have to go to the Yamaha Rent agency in Biéville-Beuville near Caen, which offers secure motorcycles and scooters, to start the trip on the Côte Fleurie. Before heading to Cabourg for the start of the route, bikers can head to Ouistreham for some time on the beach, including Sword Beach where the Allied landings took place. Arriving early in the morning, you can also enjoy a stroll along the port and its daily market where you can stock up on fresh fish to taste. Ouistreham is also a time spent on the Orne estuary, visiting the 12th century church of Saint-Samson and the tithe barn, a group of buildings dating from the 10th and 11th centuries whose architecture is reminiscent of English buildings of the same period. At the end of the day, you will go to Cabourg to stay in one of the pleasant rooms of the Hôtel de Paris, with its beautiful half-timbered facade and which also houses a restaurant offering land and sea cuisine in a Parisian brasserie setting.
In Cabourg, motorcycle travelers enjoy the charms of the oldest seaside resort on the Côte Fleurie, with beautiful 19th century architecture, a fan-shaped layout, a beautiful main square, flowered avenues and gardens. You can take your time shopping on the Avenue de la Mer, before going to the large beach with its crystal clear waters and its parasols that are reminiscent of Normandy. In terms of activities, you can take advantage of the racecourse to watch a race or the casino which has an incredible view of the sea. A walk along the Marcel Proust promenade is also ideal, especially at sunset. On another day, and after having had lunch at the Beau Site with a plate of oysters in a postcard setting, you should take the road to spend the afternoon in Houlgate. There, you can admire the superb 19th century villas, bask on the beach, then hike towards the Vaches Noires, superb cliffs that offer a unique setting
From Cabourg, bikers will only have to drive 20 minutes to set down their bags in the authentic and unique town of Villers-sur-Mer. You can spend a few nights in the Champs Rabats guest house, a typical farmhouse in the Pays d'Auge, where you can park your motorbike safely in the large private car park. During the day, the beach of the village is one of the most beautiful of the Côte Fleurie to enjoy the sun and the activities offered. You can also enjoy a walk along the seawall to the esplanade indicating the Greenwich Meridian and marvel at the beauty of the seaside villas. Villers-sur-Mer is a nature destination, since you can also walk in the heart of the Blonville-Villers marsh, 110 hectares of canals, ditches and wet meadows sheltering a great ecological wealth. For another moment, the Paleospace l'Odyssée welcomes visitors to return to the Jurassic period in Normandy. This cultural moment can end with a seafood platter on the beautiful terrace of the Gogaille restaurant.
Themotorbike adventure on the Côte Fleurie continues with two of the area's leading towns: Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer. Deauville is a luxurious seaside resort where you can take time to stroll along its famous boards and admire its Art Deco style cabins. Later on, it is a tour of the Old Deauville that will delight architecture lovers, between the beautiful half-timbered houses, the Saint-Laurent church and the unobstructed view offered on the modern city. You can also see the Strassburger villa, one of the most beautiful in the Norman style, before strolling through the shops on Place Morny. Then, we take the Pont des Belges to reach the neighbouring town of Trouville-sur-Mer and its Belle Époque atmosphere. At the beach, you can walk along the Savignac promenade to admire the works of the poster artist of the same name, but also to read the names of writers, painters and other artists on the blue benches present. It is in Trouville-sur-Mer that you can rest at the hotel l'Estran, whose rooms are simply decorated, but perfectly crafted. For a meal with a view, a good address to remember is the Honorine brasserie in Deauville. Recipes with products made in Normandy are offered, facing the marina in the Presqu'île de la Touques district.
We continue to travel along the Côte Fleurie by motorbike to stop this time at Cricquebœuf, a small and quiet village. We stay at the Villa des Rosiers, a superb building dating from 1930, whose rooms have been decorated with the greatest care and where breakfast is most pleasant with the presence of a superb bow window. Cricqueboeuf has a very pretty church, a wash house, a beach where you can take a breath of fresh air and many hiking trails that lead walkers between the Normandy countryside and the seaside. On one of the days, bikers can make the most of the time available to them to reach Honfleur in no time and enjoy a plate of mussels and chips at La Maison Bleue, before taking a gentle digestive stroll along the nature trail at Bois de Treuil in Pennedepie. The forest is simply splendid with its beech tree alleys, its amazingly shaped trees and its rhododendrons. The motorcycle road trip can then come to an end, with a return to Biéville-Beuville to return the bike.
Motorbike travellers can get information on sightseeing and good tips for the Côte Fleurie by visiting the tourist information offices in Ouistreham Riva-Bella, Villers-sur-Mer and the tourist offices in Cabourg, Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer. For more information on motorbike rental around the Côte Fleurie, visit the website of Yamaha Rent of Biéville-Beuville.