Themes for your itinerary in Normandy

Themes for your itinerary in Normandy

Come and choose a theme for your itinerary in Normandy

The Ivory and Spice trail: Seen from the heights of
the grandiose cliffs of the Pays de Caux, the breathtaking beauty of the sea is
an invitation to try one's luck beyond the horizon, and Norman sailors have
ventured on every ocean since the end of the middle ages. Sailors from Dieppe
reached the coasts of Africa to bring back ivory, those from Fécamp fished for
precious cod off the coast of America, while king François 1st had the
"Haven of Grace" (Le Havre) built to shelter the finest merchant
fleet in his kingdom. Unknown fruits and precious wood, ivory and heady spices
brought wealth to the trading posts set up by Jacques Coeur or Jehan Ango,
while country houses and châteaux were built in the fertile countryside of the
Pays de Caux.

The Fruit trail: In Duclair, in one of the meanders
of the river Seine at the heart of the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional
Natural Park, you will enter a landscape full of orchards, where, depending on
the season, flowers and fruits bloom all around you. In this protected area, a
unique place to visit: Jumièges Abbey 

The Camembert trail: It was Marie Harel and her
daughter, also called Marie, who made camembert widely known and set it on its
way to becoming the "king of cheeses". The purpose of the 35 mile
trail, organised jointly by the Tourist Office and the Camembert Museum in
Vimoutiers, is to introduce visitors to the "kingdom of milk" and
promote the products of the Pays d'Auge. The Trail leads the visitor to Orbec,
Canapville, Ticheville, Guerquesalles, Roiville where Marie Harel was born,
Champosoult where her family tomb is to be seen, Les Champeaux, Crouttes and
its Saint-Michel Priory, and Vimoutiers (with its statue of Marie Harel).

The Cider trail: To the east of Caen, the "Cider
Trail" is a signposted tourist circuit, winding through countryside which
is typical of the Pays d'Auge, linking the villages of Beuvron en Auge (classified
village), Bonnebosq, Beaufour and Druval via picturesque little roads in the
district of Cambremer. Some twenty cider producers and distillers of
"Cambremer Vintage" Calvados open their cellars and pressing sheds to
visitors and encourage them to taste their products along this circuit, which
is one of the Tourist Circuits. Let yourself be guided along this initiatory
circuit! If you need more information these websites are for you:

To quench your thirst for knowledge about cider products,
you can also visit the IDAC web site, the showcase of the cider and Calvados
producers association.

The Mill trail North of Caen, the "Mill
trail" runs between the valleys of the Seulles, Mue and Thue in the
Creully district, between Caen and Courseulles sur Mer. This circuit is
situated in the verdant Bessin countryside near to the D-Day beaches and the
Mother-of-Pearl Coast.

The Tradition trail
Situated close to Caen, this tourist circuit, which runs through the
"Pré-Bocage" countryside with its typical small fields, via the
little towns of Villers Bocage, Dampierre and Caumont l'Eventé, is the
reflection of local traditions, to which local farmers and artisans are still
firmly attached.


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