Normandy has come up as the favored tourist destination for its varied offerings. From its rich cultural heritage to its astounding vistas, it has been on the traveler’s list. The impressive castles, ancient towns and splendid churches make this place worthwhile visit. With ample resorts, this metropolitan city accounts for the 5% of France population. It profoundly refers as the historic homeland to the Norman language and Normandy inhabitants. Apples, seafood and acclaimed dairy products are some of its specialties. Normandy as a city gives all the reasons to the travelers to explore it from their perspectives.
Below are the top 9 things to do in Normandy to make your upcoming vacation, a splendid affair:
Spiritual blessings at Mont Saint-Michel
Referred as the medieval pilgrimage destination, this UNESCO world heritage Site is sprawled more than 100 meters above the sea-level. You can reach the church by climbing a 200-meter pedestrian way. To reach the top of it, you need to climb around 350 steps. A mesmerizing Gothic choir and a glorious Romanesque sanctuary prove to be bliss to the visitors of this majestic Abbey. You will enjoy the awe-inspiring West facade from its terrace.
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A picturesque destination in Normandy, it is a seafaring port belongs to 16th century. An old governor’s house situated on the North harbor is one of the vintage buildings to explore. Other ancient architectural artwork comprises a Maritime Museum – the Musee de la Marine belongs to 15th century. For art lovers, Musée Eugène Boudin is the famous art museum. It has a collection of more than 200 artworks. The Late Gothic church is also explored by the visitors for its historical gala.
To understand the historical relevance of the city, visit Rouen is imperative. From its winding cobblestone lanes to mansions, Gothic churches and colombages, you can explore the architecture inspired from the medieval period. Claude Monet is the famous cathedral. It is worth exploring for its facades designed intricately in a different era. To have an insight into the culture of the city, the Beaux Arts Museum is the perfect place to get in.
Stunning Monet’s Garden
The former residence of Claude Monet is a stunning country house. Just a drive away from Rouen, the property gardens here are inspired by the Monnet’s paintings. Daffodils, Tulips, pansies, irises, tulips, roses, peonies, hollyhocks, poppies, daisies and dahlias blossom from spring. You can experience the astounding views of the gardens with them. These plants are interestingly planted to resemble with wildflowers. A dazzling water garden is also maintained with a Japanese bridge, weeping willow trees and water lily pond. The Monet’s artwork is inflicted with the minutest detail.
This seaside resort in Normandy boasts a sandy shoreline and many sailing events. Counted among the top beach destinations in France, this is a paradise for the beach-lovers. Appropriate for the ones looking for a relaxing vacation with a tinge of adventure. You may lounge around the beach here over the sun-loungers and enjoy the serene vistas of the sun-kissed beach. A rejuvenating spa treatment is also available here. You can also relish gourmet meal in the various restaurants as well. The place let you explore why Normandy is famous for its seafood. It is an internationally renowned resort hosting many prestigious events. The scenic beauty of the mesmerizing Normandy can also be explored by visiting around the Deauville.
Bayeux and the Bayeux Tapestry
Bayeux Tapestry is the masterpiece which makes Bayeux town famous among the tourist. It is basically a wool embroidery work depicting the victory of Duke of Normandy over England in 1066. This elaborative artwork is created by using 10 shades of wool and counted as UNESCO designation. Profoundly displayed at Bayeux Museum, 58 different scenes are displayed in this artwork. It includes 37 buildings, 623 figures and 37 buildings, all with an incredible detailing. To experience the medieval world, visiting the old town of Bayeux is a mandate.
Omaha D-Day Landing Beach and Museum
This dramatic coastline is famous for five Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches, Omaha Beach. This place is as a landmark for ‘battle of Normandy’, a deadly battle with the bloodiest scenes. The place showcases the remnants of military piers and German bunkers along the cliff-fringed coastline. The coastline of Omaha Beach contains American cemetery with more than 9000 gravestones. It turns out to be the biggest American cemetery. Overlord museum in the vicinity displays soldier’s personal items, guns, tanks and other war vehicles used in the liberation of Paris.
This is the first’s seaside resort in France which is perfect to spend a relaxing beach-side vacation. The high-society crowd here can enjoy the serene vistas of ocean scenery. Established in 1832, this stunning place is the perfect way to spend a rejuvenating holiday in Normandy. Abbey church of Sainte-Trinité is another major attraction which was built way back between 12th to 13th centuries. Notre-Dame-du-Salut is a medieval pilgrimage chapel situated on the steep chalk stiff. If you want to explore the ruins of 12th-century abbey and an ancient castle, set your way to the village of Valmont.
Referred as the Switzerland of Norway, it splendidly extends between the Flers-de-I’Orne towards south and Thury-Harcourt in the north. The dense woody forests, exquisite rolling hills, steep gorges, the pristine lake and wide open pastures marks the distinction of the place with its impeccable beauty. Explore the gorgeous views of Rouvre River from Rocher d’Oetre, which is considered as the vantage point in these peppy hills. Parc Naturel Régional du Perche and Parc Naturel Régional Normandie-Maine are the two famous regional parks. You can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, nature hikes and walks in its well-maintained trails.
From nature lovers to adventure enthusiast, Normandy as a place has something for everyone. This spectacular city is worth to explore for its marvelous tourist spots. The stunning region’s coastline, rejuvenating resorts and awe-inspiring woodlands add grandeur to its magnificence. This France’s renowned tourist site is characterized by the peaceful valleys and mesmerizing pastoral areas.
Normandy has more thing to see, more things to seduce every visitors.