France can be called a multi-faced country as it has something to offer for many different travelers. Paris for those who love vibrant city life and haute couture fashion, French Riviera for people who want to enjoy luxury, Toulouse will be a paradise for those who love the southern lifestyle, and romantics who are looking for nostalgic historical sites and calmness will never want to come back home after visiting Normandy. This region is exceptional because of its history related to WWII, deep green cliffs, scenery coastline, medieval castles, monasteries, and unexpected flavors of its coastal cuisine.
The highlight of Normandy is a huge medieval church on a little island. This is Mont-Saint-Michel abbey – top pilgrimage destination in France and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Gothic-style church is built more than 100 meters above the sea level and is accessible by only one road, then it requires climbing up a 200-meter path and 350 stairs more until the highest point. The panoramic views from the top are totally worth all the efforts!
Another must-see building supposed to be château de Fontaine-Henry. This little castle is called one of the most spectacular castles in Normandy and you have seen it in many movies. The 13th-century building was upgraded during the Renaissance and has a long, twisted history with many romantic details. This château is in the Mue Valley of Lower Normandy surrounded by huge parks and gardens.
All art lovers have been heard about the seaside resort of Étretat and the marvelous white limestone cliffs that are framing the spectacular Côte d’Albâtre coastline. The well-known French painter Claude Monet painted the twenty-three-view series called the Manneporte of this beach and rocks. Another highlight spot of Normandy is the beach of Deauville. This place is also called the Channel coast as the fashion icon Coco Channel spends a lot of time here and the traditional beach views with lounge chairs and striped cabanas have been a source of inspiration for a few collections. Today, Deauville is one of the most visited beaches in France with many attractions, accommodation possibilities, and luxurious restaurants along the seaside.
After the swimming session, it is recommended to visit Suisse Normande. This beautiful rural area with a landscape full of hills, little forests, meadows, and lakes will be a heaven for hikers. The highest point Rocher d’Oëtre will capture your heart by the amazing surroundings and it would be a perfect place to make a picnic.
Normandy is a northern region, so its cuisine is shaped by the rich flavors, seafood, and strong drinks. One traditional dish is the Marmite Dieppoise that contains many kinds of seafood prepared with butter, cider, and cream. This farmland is also one of the top cheese producers in France, so try the specific, smooth, and creamy local cheese that can be offered as an appetizer. If talking about the desserts, then take the traditional apple tart prepared with Calvados, cinnamon, and salted caramel. Any French dinner cannot be imagined without having a glass of some alcohol drink after the meal. You can sip some wine, but more traditional drinks of Normandy are cider or apple brandy Calvados that will warm your heart and inflame the eternal love for this French region.