Normandy became well known during World War II for the Normandy Landing that resulted in the devastation of the region. It has since then built a reputation for being a cultural and culinary hub for France. The following are some interesting facts about the region:
The region’s has to capital cities: Caen in the lower region and Rouen in the Upper region. There are a total of 5 sites that have been earmarked as Unesco World Heritage Sites i.e.
• The Vauban Tower on Tatihou Island
• Le Havre city center
• The Bayeux Tapestry
• The Mont-Saint Michel and the bay
Alençon needle point lace
Places to visit
The top most visited sites in Normandy by American travelers include the Abbey of Mon-Saint-Michel and Giverny. Normandy is also known for being the 2nd gardens boasting of more than 100 gardens and parks within the region. The region is also the 5th largest golf destination in the country with more than 38 golf courses. It is no wonder that it is the 4th most popular region amongst travelers from America.
Normandy is ranked 3rd amongst the largest regions in France with historical monuments by the Center Des Monuments Nationaux.
You can’t leave Normandy without visiting the scenic coast. The Normandy coastline is ranked amongst the world’s most famous coasts with an expansive beach bordered by cliffs. This coast became well known during World War II because of the Battle of Normandy and D-Day. There are currently 80 sites on the coast that have been dedicated.
Normandy gained a reputation as the spiritual birthplace of impressionism. There are many great artists who received inspiration living and working in the region. Monet, one of the greatest impressionists lived in Giverny.
Normandy is well known for having some of the best dining spots in France. The region boasts of having 38 Michelin-starred chefs.
Normandy hosts various annual festivals and events that are internationally renowned. In 2014, the World Equestrian Games will be held in France for the first time. Normandy will be the site for the 7th Alltech FEITM. The American Film Festival is an annual festival held every 38 years at the Deauville.