Normandy places to visit and attractions

Alencon

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There are several sites of historical interest in Alencon, best known as a centre for lace production

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Argentan

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Despite extensive war time damage Argentan has retained several sites of interest

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Arromanches

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Arromanches is well known as the town where the Mulberry Harbour was built during the D-Day landings in 1944

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Bagnoles de l'Orne

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The town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is very pleasant, and well known as a spa town

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Barfleur

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Barfleur is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' and the harbour area in particular is very pretty

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Bayeux

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Best known for its world-famous tapestry, Bayeux also has an imposing cathedral

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Belleme

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Belleme is one of several small attractive villages within the Perche Natural Regional Park

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Beuvron

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Part of the Normandy Cider Route, Beuvron has lots of half-timberd houses and is one of the prettiest villages in Normandy

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Cabourg

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One time favourite of Marcel Proust, Cabourg has one of the longest and active beaches in the region

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Caen

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With a castle, two abbeys and an attracive historic centre Caen is a very pleasant town to explore

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Cambremer

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Cambremer is a very picturesque small village, ideally explored as part of the Normandy Cider Route

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Caudebec-en-Caux

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It is the houses and scenery along the banks of the Seine river that will be the focus of your trip to Caudebec-en-Caux

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Chateau de Boutemont

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Beautiful chateau and gardens in the Calvados department of Normandy

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Chateau Gaillard

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The evocative ruins of Chateau Gaillard, built in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart, are one of the most imposing sites in Normandy

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Cherbourg

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The port town of Cherbourg has several monuments and museums of interest and a visit is recommended

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Coutances

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Coutances is well known for its impressive cathedral, built in the 113th century

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Creully

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The medieval Chateau de Creully is the highlight in Creully

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Deauville

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The resort of Deauville, established in the 19th century, is still one of the most upmarket beach resorts in Normandy

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Dieppe

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Explore the port area then head to the castle and the Museum of Dieppe to see the highlights here

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Dives-sur-Mer

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In the 'Village of William the Conqueror' at Dives-sur-Mer artisans and artists are brought together in a medieval setting

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Domfront

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The castle forms an excellent backdrop to the cobbled streets in the old town of Domfront

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Etretat

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The town of Etretat is pretty, but it is the dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery here that attract the crowds

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Eu

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The red-brick castle, built in the 16th century, is the main attraction for visitors to Eu

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Evreux

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In Evreux it is the two religious monuments - the cathedral and the bishop's palace - that are the principal attractions

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Falaise

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Best known for its castle, Falaise also has several other interesting monuments in the town centre

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Fecamp

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An important town on the Alabaster Coast, Fecamp includes the Bishop's Palace, the Abbey Church and the Church of Saint-Etienne among its highlights

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Giverny Gardens

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The most famous, most visited, and perhaps most attractive gardens in France, as painted by Monet, are here at Giverny

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Granville

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Granville is best known for its long sandy beach, and the 19th century villas that follow the seafront

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Honfleur

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There are lots of interesting things to see in Honfleur - if you can drag yourself away from the lovely harbour!

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Houlgate

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The beach is certainly the main attraction at Houlgate, and there are also some imposing 19th century villas to see

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Jumieges Abbey

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The extensive ruins of Jumieges Abbey are one of the most visited religious monuments in the department

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La Bouille

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You will enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Seine river when you visit La Bouille

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Le Bec-Hellouin

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The village of Le-Bec-Hellouin is one of the prettiest in Normandy, and also has Abbey of Bec-Hellouin to visit

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Le Havre

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Le Havre centre is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, for the concrete city built after the destruction of the town in WW2

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Le Perche

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The peaceful countryside of the Perche Natural Regional Park has lots of opportunities to enjoy the natural environment

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Le Treport

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The highlight of a visit to the active port town of Le Tréport is the coastal cliff scenery around the town

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Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge

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The gardens of the Pays d'Auge are a beautiful mature garden set around a number of typical half-timber houses.

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Les-Petites-Dalles

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A village on the coast of Normandy with lots of 19th century villas

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Lisieux

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The painstaking rebuilding of Lisieux since the war has gone a long way to recapturing the feel of the medieval town

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Lyons-la-Foret

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The half-timbered buildings in the village of Lyons-la-Foret make it one of the prettiest places in Normandy

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Mont-Saint-Michel

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No visit to Normandy would be complete without visiting the iconic Abbey and island of Mont-Saint-Michel

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Mortagne-au-Perche

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There are several places of historic interest to discover here at Mortagne-au-Perche, within the Perche Natural Regional Park

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Normandy landing beaches

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70 years on and the Normandy Landing Beches still attract thousands of visitors interested in the D-Day landings in 1944.

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Pont-Audemer

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The canals and rivers are the highlight in Pont Audemer, famous for its traditional canalside washouses

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Rouen

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The cathedral and cobbled streets in the old town are just two of the many highlights in the lovely town of Rouen.

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Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei

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Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei is a very pretty village in the Regional Natural Park of Normandie-Marne.

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Saint-Valery-en-Caux

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The area around the beach, harbour and marina in Saint-Valery-en-Caux is always very active in summer

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Sees

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The cathedral is the famous attraction at Sees, but there are other sites of interest in the town and the nearby Ecouves Forest to explore

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Trouville

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The long established resort at Trouville has retained lots of its 19th century villas, which provide much of the character of the town

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Veules-les-Roses

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Veules-les-Roses is a stunning village on the coast of Normandy, France

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Veulettes-sur-Mer

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The pebble beach and promenade are the big attraction on Veulettes-sur-Mer, but find time for the coast path as well!

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Villers-sur-Mer

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Villers-sur-Mer is one of several friendly beach resorts along the Normandy coast

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Villerville

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Less popular than neighbours Deauville and Trouville, the resort at Villerville also has a long beach

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Vire

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When you visit Vire be sure to also explore the Route des Gorges de la Vire' through the woods and valley of the River Vire

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Yport

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A small sea resort, Yport has a pebble beach and is close to attractive coastal cliff scenery

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For more information see the Normandy guide