Just a two-hour train ride from Paris, a visit to Normandy merits at least a 48-hour trip to enjoy some of the many delights it has to offer. With its rich history, delicious cuisine and post-card worthy nature there are endless things to see and do. The locals are also extremely welcoming. This culture of hospitality is evident when you consider the large number of bed and breakfasts versus large chain hotels. Have you also thought about exploring the best activities in Paris? You should go download our Free Paris Shopping Guide where you’ll find all the best local shops and the best shopping tips!
We definitely recommend visiting one of the local Norman farms. Visitors can see firsthand how cider, cheese, butter or a number of other regional products are made. It’s also the perfect occasion for a tasting!
You’ll also sure to be enchanted by Normandy’s beautiful landscapes. There are especially great areas to go kayaking, cycling and hiking. Not to mention all of the historical monuments, tours and activities.
We’ve put a list together of some of our favorite activities to do in Normandy! Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple or with a large group, we’ve got something for everyone and all travel budgets!
What is special about Normandy
Normandy has seen its fair share of bloodshed from the Battle of Hastings to the terrible events of World War II. Normandy’s history is commemorated all over the region including at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, the American cemetery and guided tours of the D-Day beaches. Normandy is the ideal destination for history buffs and anyone who wants to see these historical places for themselves. You may even encounter locals who lived through some of the events.
France is of course known for its exceptional culinary culture. Normandy has its own regional cooking and products. It’s the home of soft, delicious cheese, cider as well as an abundance of fresh seafood. The Norman people’s generosity is also reflected in their cooking – butter is omnipresent. The mouth watering dessert Tarte Normande is just one great example.
Normandy is home to a picturesque combination of historical buildings surrounded by natural beauty to create scenes you’ll long to capture on camera. The fairytale-like Norman villages are regularly voted the most beautiful villages in France. Two of our favorites include Beuvron-en-Auge and Bayeux. It’s no wonder that artists have flocked to the region to capture these beautiful landscapes on canvas.
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