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Normandy places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Normandy region. See also our Normandy travel guide.

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Alencon (Orne)

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

Despite extensive war time damage Argentan has retained several sites of interest
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Arromanches (Calvados)

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 (Orne)

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

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

Best known for its world-famous tapestry, Bayeux also has an imposing cathedral
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Belleme (Orne)

Belleme is one of several small attractive villages within the Perche Natural Regional Park
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Beuvron (Calvados)

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 (Calvados)

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

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

Cambremer is a very picturesque small village, ideally explored as part of the Normandy Cider Route
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Caudebec-en-Caux (Seine-Maritime)

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 Beaumesnil (Eure)

The Chateau de Beaumesnil is a baroque style castle surrounded by park and gardens
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Chateau de Boutemont (Calvados)

Beautiful chateau and gardens in the Calvados department of Normandy
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Chateau de Harcourt (Eure)

The Chateau de Harcourt in Eure is a medieval castle now restored and surrounded by an impressive arboretum
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Chateau Gaillard (Eure)

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 (Manche)

The port town of Cherbourg has several monuments and museums of interest and a visit is recommended
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Coutances (Manche)

Coutances is well known for its impressive cathedral, built in the 113th century
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Creully (Calvados)

The medieval Chateau de Creully is the highlight in Creully
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Deauville (Calvados)

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 (Seine-Maritime)

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 (Calvados)

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 (Orne)

The castle forms an excellent backdrop to the cobbled streets in the old town of Domfront
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Etretat (Seine-Maritime)

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 (Seine-Maritime)

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

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 (Calvados)

Best known for its castle, Falaise also has several other interesting monuments in the town centre
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Fecamp (Seine-Maritime)

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 (Eure)

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 (Manche)

Granville is best known for its long sandy beach, and the 19th century villas that follow the seafront
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Haras du Pin (Orne)

The Haras du Pin is the oldest of the national horse training centres in France, and preserves its 18th century buildings
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Honfleur (Calvados)

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 (Calvados)

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 (Seine-Maritime)

The extensive ruins of Jumieges Abbey are one of the most visited religious monuments in the department
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La Bouille (Seine-Maritime)

You will enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Seine river when you visit La Bouille
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Le Bec-Hellouin (Eure)

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 (Seine-Maritime)

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 (Orne)

The peaceful countryside of the Perche Natural Regional Park has lots of opportunities to enjoy the natural environment
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Le Treport (Seine-Maritime)

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 (Calvados)

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 (Seine-Maritime)

A village on the coast of Normandy with lots of 19th century villas
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Lessay abbey (Manche)

The abbey church at Lessay is an important example of roman style architecture
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Lisieux (Calvados)

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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Lisieux Basilica (Calvados)

The basilica in Lisieux is a 20th century church built in tribute to Saint-Therese, who lived in the town
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Lyons-la-Foret (Eure)

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 (Manche)

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 (Orne)

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 (Calvados)

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 (Eure)

The canals and rivers are the highlight in Pont Audemer, famous for its traditional canalside washouses
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Rouen (Seine-Maritime)

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 (Orne)

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 (Seine-Maritime)

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

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 (Calvados)

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 (Seine-Maritime)

Veules-les-Roses is a stunning village on the coast of Normandy, France
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Veulettes-sur-Mer (Seine-Maritime)

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 (Calvados)

Villers-sur-Mer is one of several friendly beach resorts along the Normandy coast
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Villerville (Calvados)

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

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 (Seine-Maritime)

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

 
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Tourist attractions to visit in Normandy

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Aquarium

Estran Cité de la mer

Grand Sites of France

Baie du Mont Saint-Michel: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Le Havre: See tourist guide

Mont-Saint-Michel (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue tours (Vauban fortifications)

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Barfleur: See tourist guide

Beuvron: See tourist guide

Lyons-la-Foret: See tourist guide

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Abbey of Bec-Hellouin: See tourist guide

Carrouges Chateau

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Argentan: See tourist guide

Domfront: See tourist guide

Eu: See tourist guide

Forges-les-Eaux

Granville: See tourist guide

Honfleur: See tourist guide

Pont-Audemer: See tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin

Normandie-Maine

Perche: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Bayeux: See tourist guide

Honfleur: See tourist guide

Rouen: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Coutances: See tourist guide

Dieppe: See tourist guide

Elbeuf

Fecamp: See tourist guide

Le Havre: See tourist guide

Orbec

Rouen: See tourist guide

Valognes

Ville d'etape

Ducey

Torigni-sur-Vire

Tourouvre

Villedieu-les-Poeles

Villers-Bocage

4* Towns in Bloom

Autretot

Cabourg: See tourist guide

Cherbourg: See tourist guide

Domjean

Eu: See tourist guide

Honfleur: See tourist guide

Lyons-la-Foret: See tourist guide

Montville

Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon

Pont-Audemer: See tourist guide

Saint-Fraimbault

Saint-Valery-en-Caux: See tourist guide

Touques

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Champrepus

Parc zoologique de Clères

Parc zoologique de Jurques

Parc zoologique de Lisieux

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