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Le Mont-Saint-Michel which includes a small town or village, a castle and heritage elements

Normandy is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from the UK and elsewhere. Ideal for a short holiday, the region has no shortage of attractions and activities.

In its history and culture, Normandy is the image of its capital, Caen: where past, present and a gentle pace of life combine to offer many things to see and do. From its incredible landscapes to its rich heritage, including museums and gastronomy, Normandy will delight all who like to explore.

Normandy is the birthplace of Impressionism, where Monet painted his "Rising sun" in 1872. To find out more, visit his former home in Giverny, where you can see the gardens that inspired him. Other places devoted to this movement are worth seeing, such as the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts, the André Malraux Museum in Le Havre and the Auberge des Sœurs Moisy in Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei. The region also offers Impressionism tours, which will lead you to discover Honfleur, whose port has inspired more than one artist. It is also the perfect opportunity to admire the Alabaster Coast and the magnificent cliffs of Étretat.

The region is rich in history, due to its importance during the Second World War. Visit the D-Day beaches, including Omaha Beach in Colleville, with its moving American cemetery and memorial museum, Gold Beach in Arromanches and its Landing Museum and Sword Beach in Ouistreham, a place of commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Another must-see in the region is Mont-Saint-Michel, which becomes an island at high tide. The bay and its new promenade-dam are magnificent, and the highlight is the abbey dedicated to the archangel who appeared several times to Bishop Aubert.

To travel to Normandy, you can land in Caen, Deauville or Rouen. The TGV currently serves only Rouen and Le Havre. Normandy has a good railway network, making it easy to discover the surrounding area by train. You can also cross the region for a very reasonable price on one of the many subsidised bus routes. The region is particularly easy to reach from the UK by ferry or the Channel Tunnel.

If you prefer to travel to Normandy by public transport, it’s easy to hire a car on arrival.

Popular cities in Normandy

Gros Horloge as well as a large group of people
Known for Cathedral, Historical and Family-friendly
Rouen offers all the treasures of Normandy, but it's also the land of the Impressionists and gastronomy; a journey full of beautiful experiences.

Reasons to visit

  • Rouen Cathedral
  • Gros Horloge
  • Saint-Ouen Church
Caen featuring heritage architecture, flowers and château or palace
Known for Beach View, Historical and Tour
The Normandy city of William the Conqueror, nestled between land and sea, Caen has 1000 years of history, making it a must-visit destination for holidaymakers.

Reasons to visit

  • Caen Castle
  • Abbey of Saint-Etienne
  • Church of St. Pierre
Honfleur featuring heritage architecture, street scenes and a coastal town
Known for Port, Garden and Marina
An enchanting Normandy town, magical Honfleur will leave you with an unforgettable memory of the place favoured by Impressionist painters.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Harbor of Honfleur
  • Honfleur Avant Port
Deauville featuring a casino, signage and flowers
Known for Beach View, Casino and Marina
Take long romantic walks along the coast while enjoying views of the sea and the eclectic range of boats at the marina.

Reasons to visit

  • Deauville Beach
  • Casino Barriere de Deauville
Le Havre showing general coastal views and a city
Le Havre
Known for Port, Cathedral and Church
Steeped in historic maritime tradition, this coastal city features a splendid harbor that serves the French capital.
Known for Ferry, Historical and Castle
A Normandy town whose economy and history have always been closely linked to the sea, Dieppe is a dynamic place with a surprising amount to offer holidaymakers.