2016 in Nomandy promises to be extra special. Home to William the Conquerer, the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings will be celebrated in Normandy with festive medieval events throughout the year. All eyes will be on the Grand Depart of the Tour de France and the Normany Impressionist Festival takes place with events throughout the Summer.
Normandy’s cultured, historic and vibrant capital, Rouen, stretches beside the Seine and offers fine Museums and a church dedicated to Joan of Arc, once a visitor to Normandy. Monet’s Canvases of the Castle of Rouen have made it one of the best loved buildings in the town.
Discover the views from the Holy Mount of Mont Saint Michael, a magical island topped by a gravity defying medieval monastery. Don’t forget your camera as the sights are stunning!
Caen’s skyline is dominated by soaring church towers. The vast war Museum is dedicated to Peace and the Castle, home to major museums was an important Norman Fort. D-Day operations close by down the Orne River, where British airborne troops famously secured the vital Pegasus Bridge.
On the 6th June 1944 – D-Day -, the Liberation of Europe from years of Nazi occupation began as an amazing armada of allied troops, British, Canadian, American and more landed on the Normandy Beaches. Follow the stunning Normandy Coast, from Caen to Saint Mere Eglise to discover all about this world changing naval operation.
Glorious historic houses, galleries and restaurants packed with cultural sights jostle for position in the pretty port of Honfleur, offering a range of attractions to delight one and all.
Why not visit the oldest, most aristocratic National Stud in France, the Haras du Pin. Bearing the nickname ‘The Equestrian Versailles’, founded by Louis XIV, it offers an idyllic setting in a region renowned for its centuries old horse breeding traditions.
Discover the model of concrete Grandeur at Le Havre, a major port at the mouth of the Seine. Devasted in World War II, it has been boldly reconstructed and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its long pebble beach, great waterside art museum and the traditional seaside delights of the marina.
Deauville oozes style. Take a stroll along its magnificent beach, wander through the exquisite boutiques, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy!
Bayeux boasts an array of attractions, with a fantastic historic centre and of course, the world famous UNESCO listed tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It’s War Museum and British Cemetry recall the sacrifices made in these parts during the War.
Celebrated across the World, the mystical water lily ponds created by impressionist painter, Claude Monet are purported to have given him his greatest artistic inspiration. Visit the Giverny Musee Des Impressionism, or Monet’s other Gardens and House in this quaint Seine side village
Whether its history, art, glamour or relaxation that entices you a short break or holiday to Normandy is sure to do the trick.
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