Top Reasons to Visit Normandy

  • Normandy is one of the top France travel destinations

    © OT Vallee de Seine Normandie

    Normandy is one of the top France travel destinations

    © OT Vallee de Seine Normandie

  • White Water Lilies - Claude Monet

    White Water Lilies - Claude Monet

  • Normandy


Top Reasons to Visit Normandy

Normandy is easily accessible by plane, train or by road

The region, a top France travel vacation destination, is just a two hour drive from Paris and its airports, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly. If you take the train from Paris, in just over an hour, you will arrive in Normandy's main cities. Whether you plan on a dedicated trip or you wish to travel in the whole region, this heritage site in France remains the ideal destination with a mixture of France's best countryside, heritage, culture, food and entertainment. We look forward to welcoming you soon to Normandy, this incomparably beautiful France tourism and vacation region.

Home to world-famous famous sites

The Mont-Saint-Michel, the D-Day Beaches, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Rouen Cathedral, the Claude Monet's Garden in Giverny...

And also UNESCO World Heritage Sites not to be missed:

The Mont-Saint-Michel, rightly called "The Wonder of the Western World," is an international place of pilgrimage as well as a major tourist center.
Le Havre was the first city in Europe to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in the 1900s.
The "City of the Dukes," Alençon, owes its international fame to its UNESCO-listed "Alençon needle-point lace"
The Vauban Tower on Tatihou Island
The medieval town of Bayeux, with its cobbled streets, many restaurants and museums, is also home to the world famous Bayeux Tapestry listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Normandy Celebrates Impressionism
In this heritage France travel destination, art lovers will enjoy the Normandy Impressionist Festival from April 27 to September 29, 2013 with its major exhibitions taking place in the region's top fine art museums in Caen, Giverny, Le Havre and Rouen. The Festival will bring an eclectic program of events across the arts including exhibitions, concerts, films, installations, picnics and more. This is the ideal opportunity to revisit the Impressionists and the creative splendor of their paintings in Normandy.


Normandy's Important History
Normandy is a land that has largely been influenced by the sea. Linked to an important history ranging from the Middle Ages to World War II, this heritage France vacation and travel haven invites you to go back in time to retrace the footsteps of William the Conqueror and to walk along the D-Day Beaches, the coast of heroes.

Not to be missed in 2014
: The 70th Anniversary of D-Day: This pivotal moment in world history will be commemorated on the beaches, memorials and in towns throughout the region. The stretch of the Norman coast - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword - is world famous for the part the beaches played in the Second World War. On June 6, 1944, the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy heralded the liberation of France and Continental Europe.

Stay in Charm

The France tourism center of Normandy offers a wide selection of accommodations, from luxurious 5-star hotels to outstanding and charming establishments in unique settings. The luxury French hotels have charm, and so do small family-run inns. Please find more about the outstanding hotels and restaurants in this heritage France travel and vacation region, all carefully selected to guarantee authentic local charm, a warm welcome and a great choice of top quality cuisine: here.

Beautiful Towns
Normandy is home to five of the Plus Beaux Villages all of which are exceptional villages in their own right.

Barfleur: a picturesque fishing and yachting harbor, home to France's second highest lighthouse, Gatteville
Beuvron-en-Auge : on the cider route, in the Pays d'Auge, this village shows typical Norman half-timbered houses and picturesque geraniums hanging from the balconies.
Le Bec-Hellouin: this medieval and delightful small village nestled in a green valley with multi-colored half-timbered houses is home to the bec Abbet built in the 11th century where Benedictine monks still live today.
Lyons-la-Forêt: in the middle of one of the biggest beech forest lies a typical Norman village with half-timbered houses around a central square with its covered market.
Saint-Cénéri-le-Gérei: in this village, the stone bridge over the river Sarthe leads to an 11th century Romanesque church with its beautiful frescoes and a 15th century chapel with a miracle spring.

This France tours and travel region boasts of over 100 gardens open to the public, many of which host special activities and events to enjoy. In Normandy, the water, the light, the colors, the gentle landscape and the rich diversity of its French heritage all lend themselves perfectly to the gardener's art. Like artists, our gardeners give full rein to their talent and their sense of poetry.

You will find all these enchanting places plus many more in the Parks & Gardens brochures edited by the Normandy Regional Tourist Board, which is free to download from