Tourism in Normandy

Tourism in Normandy

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Who could fail to be moved by the magic of Mont-St-Michel?Who could forget that it was on the beaches of Normandy that one of the most important events in world history took place on 6 June 1944? And who could possibly resist the charms of Normandy, with its breathtaking landscapes and magnificent cultural heritage? Why not pay us a visit?Normandy in pictures! View our photo gallery for a taste of things to see and do in Normandy. See photo gallery  Normandy : Film  Discover all about Normandy in this short 12-minute film. 

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Unmissable sights in Normandy Although many areas of Normandy are worth exploring, the region boasts several major sights which should not be missed.

Mont Saint Michel

Mont-Saint-MichelMont-St-Michel with its abbey is a major pilgrimage and tourist destination, famous around the world. The various stages of construction have resulted in a unique architectural ensemble which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.  Read more  360 ° virtual tour   

Giverny and the Eure valleyThe Master of Impressionism, Claude Monet, considered the light in this charming, traditional village to be truly unique. Read more360° virtual tour     
American cemetery

Omaha BeachIf the Normandy landings nearly failed anywhere, it was certainly on Omaha Beach at Colleville-sur-Mer. The heavy losses suffered by American troops on D-Day earned it the name of "Bloody Omaha". Read more 360 ° virtual tour


Arromanches In the very heart of the D-Day beaches, Arromanches is renowned for its artificial "Mulberry" harbour. Read more  
Bayeux and Queen Mathilda's tapestry Exhibiting one of the world's most impressive historical artefacts in an authentic setting is an art. Bayeux does this with respect, thanks to its unspoilt, varied and striking architectural heritage.Read more 360 ° virtual tour 


Le Havre
Le HavreLe Havre is the only town in Europe to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the modern architectural style of its town centre. The architecture makes the most of the region's light, which inspired Claude Monet's painting Impression - Sunrise.  Read more 360 ° virtual tour 


RouenA veritable open-air museum, Rouen is a delightful city with its attractive half-timbered houses, narrow paved streets and Gothic churches.  Read more 360 ° virtual tour


DieppeA "Town of Art and History", Dieppe is a dynamic, lively port which is especially popular with seafood lovers. The town was the most important seaside resort in France 200 years ago, and it has retained a beautiful promenade along its seafront.   Read more


Deauville and the Côte fleurieExtending from Honfleur to Cabourg, and including Trouville and Deauville, the Côte Fleurie boasts a string of internationally renowned seaside resorts dotted along its coast.Read more  360 ° virtual tour


Honfleur This is a gem ! Honfleur is a key tourist destination in Normandy, and you too will certainly be enchanted by this lovely port, which has inspired so many artists. Read more 360 ° virtual tour  
Caen and the MemorialWith its ideal location just 2 hours from Paris and 10 minutes from the coast, Caen was the favourite town of William the Conqueror who built a castle and two abbeys here. Also of historical interest is the Mémorial de Caen, which is both a museum focusing on the Battle of Normandy and an international cultural centre dedicated to peace.Read more  360° virtual tour


Port of Cherbourg

Cherbourg and the Cité de la merVauban considered this site to be a "bold" location for a port. The site's open location has made it a flourishing port which is in total harmony with the sea. Don't miss the Cité de la Mer, which houses the largest submarine open to the public in the world.Read more 360 ° virtual tour


Le Pin national Stud
Le Pin National StudFounded in 1715 on the order of the Sun King (Louis XIV), Le Pin National Stud (Haras du Pin) is also known as the "Equestrian Versailles".Read more360 ° virtual tour
Camembert Normandy's famous cheese, a gastronomic emblem par excellence, takes its name from the village near Vimoutiers, in the Orne region. Read more  
Etretat With its romantic setting overlooking the English Channel, Étretat has inspired some of the world's most famous artists. The extraordinary vertical cliffs of the Côte d'Albâtre (Alabaster Coast) provide a striking contrast to the gently curving shoreline. Read more 360 ° virtual tour  

=> Discover other fascinating sites on our page dedicated to the towns and villages of Normandy>> For further information 


Culture et Patrimoine

 Explore our Culture and Heritage site……and the Club des Sites et Monuments which brings together 46 historical treasures>> Access website

Parc et Jardins

Keen on parks and gardens? Log onto our dedicated parks and gardens website. This website contains a list of gardens, a programme of events on this theme and a Parks and Gardens brochure.   >> Access website


 For further information, log onto the Normandy Regional Tourist Board's website at


For information on any of the five counties in Normandy, consult our useful addresses section.

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