THINGS TO DO
Our selection of the best things to do throughout your stay.
The D-Day Beaches
An amazing armada of Allied troops landed on Normandy’s beaches on 6th June 1944 to begin the liberation of Europe from years of Nazi occupation. The planners of this crucial event for European freedom codenamed it D-Day. Follow the Normandy coast, going from above Caen in the east to close to Sainte-Mère-Eglise in the west, to learn all about this most daring and world-changing of naval operations.
Chateau de Domfront
The Château de Domfront has been protected as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1875. The ruins include the keep, the enceinte, ramparts, towers, casemates and the former Sainte-Catherine et Saint-Symphorien chapels. The castle ruins have been repaired since 1984 by the Association pour la Restauration du Château de Domfront.
The ruins stand in a public park and are open to the public free of charge.
La Fosse Arthour
La Fosse Arthour is part of the Arthurian myth as King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are buried there. The site has attracted a number of the most famous legends refers to King Arthur. According to legend, King Arthur and his wife each had settled in a cave located on both sides of the River.
The Mortain Waterfalls
At the heart of the Mortain region, visitors will find the highest waterfall in western France! The ‘Grande Cascade’ is over 25 metres high and offers a full-on atmospheric experience. A little further along the pathway is the delightful 'Petite Cascade', which is made of several smaller waterfalls.
An important medieval pilgrimage destination, Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the top-rated sights in France. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Abbey of Saint-Michel has a mythical quality, soaring more than 100 meters above the sea. The Gothic spires seem to reach towards heaven as the site beckons visitors to cross the foreboding Bay of Saint-Michel.
Since the 19th century, Deauville has been a premier seaside resort in Normandy and is still considered one of the top beach destinations in France. The seafront features two kilometres of sandy shoreline and a promenade for seaside strolls. Take a break from sunbathing at the beach to browse the fashionable boutiques, get a spa treatment, or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants.
Wandering around the old town of Rouen, visitors will enjoy the historical ambience found in the winding cobblestone lanes. Gothic churches are found at every turn, and many are gems of medieval architectural achievement. The town's impressive cathedral as depicted by Claude Monet in a series of paintings that show the intricate details of the cathedral's facade at different times of day.
Caern Memorial Museum
In Lower Normandy near the English Channel, Caen played a critical role during the Nazi Occupation of World War Two. Caen is an excellent starting point for a tour of the D-Day beaches. Created as a tribute to Caen's suffering during the war, the Caen Memorial Museum tells the story of the Second World War, the D-Day Landings, and the Battle of Normandy.
With its picturesque old harbour on the Seine estuary, Honfleur is one of the most charming towns in Europe. About 25 kilometres away from Le Havre, the town has atmospheric cobblestone streets and many old half-timbered houses. This old seafaring port was where travellers embarked on voyages to Canada in the 16th century.