Normandy is a region of France known for its magnificent landscapes and rich cuisine. Of course, this is a region worth seeing if you travel to France. Not only will you enjoy fabulous landscapes, interesting histories and excellent food, but you will also be able to enjoy a wide range of activities. Let’s start without further delay this selection of must-see places in this beautiful region, thanks to the advice of an experienced native, passionate about Normandy, Boris Lefebvre
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bayeux Tapestry is a must in Normandy. This is a magnificent embroidery, made from wool on a linen canvas. It would have been made during the 11th century. It is particularly impressive because it is nearly 70 metres long. At the time, it was made in order to relate the conquest of England in 1066 by William the Conqueror, at that time Duke of Normandy.
Thanks to its magnificent waterfront and impressive white cliffs, the cliffs of Étretat have gradually gained worldwide fame. Indeed, the cliffs have atypical and so breath-taking shapes. The best point of view to admire this site as a whole is located at the chapel of the Amont cliff. It is also where the adorable gardens of Étretat are located. In addition, the Aval cliff is also unavoidable because it is the most famous view of the site with its natural arch formed by erosion, as well as its peak, with an impressive height of more than 55 meters.
Not far from the city of Caen, are the historical sites related to the landing that took place in 1944, during the Second World War. On the one hand, it is necessary to visit Sword Beach, including the Bunker, Museum of the Atlantic Wall, which perfectly retraces the entire history of this world-famous landing. On the other hand, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach and Utah Beach are also must-see places to visit. This area of Normandy is now an integral part of history and allows thousands of visitors to come and gather each year.
This magnificent city of Normandy is a must if you are visiting the region. Indeed, the city is at the heart of French history for many reasons. First, the Beaux-Arts Museum is an essential part of the city because of its many paintings, mainly from the Impressionist period with the famous Claude Monet. Secondly, Notre Dame Cathedral is absolutely worth a visit, for its incredible architecture. Of course, walking and getting lost in the historic centre is a simple way to find all these monuments such as the street of the Gros Horloge, the quartier des Antiquaires, the street of Saint-Romain as well as the historial of Joan of Arc.
Certainly one of the most famous monuments in France, Mont-Saint-Michel is the most visited site in the region. And for good reason, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for more than forty years. This islet is particularly known for its magnificent abbey, surrounded by a splendid bay, experiencing an impressive tidal phenomenon. It is advisable to walk through the charming little streets of the island before heading towards the abbey. From the latter, the view is breath-taking and its summit allows you to enjoy a magnificent landscape between land and sea.