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What to see

lundi 18 avril 2011, par willy

Here are a few ideas for a weeklong stay discovering Bayeux, the Bessin and Normandy, to match with your moods and those of climate ...

■ Day 1 : discover the town on Saturday morning, stroll through the great market of Saint Patrick. You can then enjoy the historical town, the Cathedral and the bustling shopping street or take a walk on the pedestrian path along the river Aure.

■ Day 2 : The D.Day landing beaches. You’ll want to tread the sand of historical beaches such as Utah and Arromanches. You will find yourself deeply moved just taking a step on American soil of the cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Colleville, and you will feel like losing yourself in the lunar landscape of the Pointe du Hoc.

■ Day 3 : the twentieth century. After a morning visiting one of our War Memorial museums (Arromanches, the Caen Memorial), you can relax on beaches as wonderful as the famous Omaha Beach and pick from various activities (landsailing, picnic picnic, swim for less chilly)

■ Day 4 : The Medieval Bayeux. Take a step back a good 1000 years and discover the treasures of medieval Bayeux by visiting the Queen Matilda tapestry museum and hearing the story of William the Conqueror, King of England. The Bayeux tapestry is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

■ Day 5 : The sea, the Cotentin. Dreaming of clear waters and breathtaking landscapes ? Take the time to drive to Cherbourg, St Vaast la Hougue, Barfleur and the Cotentin peninsula. Travelling around La Hague peninsula, its dunes and the Vauville palm plantation will eventually have you taken with the mild climate and the rugged beauty of the place. Fancy a picnic on a sandbar ... looking for an oysters and shellfish outlet ? They are never far away.

■ Day 6 : In the midst of salt marshes stands the Mount. In the South, on right on the Normand borders, yet less than an hour away, you can not miss the Mont Saint Michel. A climb up the top of this city erected on the sea will lead you to the Eglise Saint Michel. Perched on the hill, you will see the tide rising at the speed of a galloping horse and you’ll surely remember those magical moments.

■ Day 7 : Not enough time to see everything ? Want some ideas to extend your stay ?


■ Idea 1 : Take advantage of our many festivals

March : International Circus Festival

June : D. Day and June 1944 landings commemoration events.

July : Medieval Fair

August : visit to the Cathedral ... or to the beach !

September : Heritage Days

October : The Bayeux War Correspondents Prize

November : The Sea Shells Fair in Port en Bessin

■ Idea 2 : Numerous parks and gardens. The gardens of Castillon, Cambremer, les Ravallets castle or Martinvaast, the Vauville palm plantation . Castles and manors : The Château de Brecy and its gardens, the Creully castle, the Argouges Manor and various fortified farms to be admired while on a walk, a hike or exploring a coastal footpath

■ Idea 3 : Discover Caen and the castle of the Dukes of Normandy

■ Idea 4 : Deauville, Trouville and their famous walking boards

■ Idea 5 : Honfleur and its painters

■ Idea 6 : Escape to the Chausey Islands

■ Idea 7 : Take a guided Walk across the Bay of Mont Saint Michel


"Normandy, fort et vert"


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