Mont St Michel - the jewel in Normandy's crown

Your Guide to Discovering Normandy

Renowned for the role Normandy has played in history, it’s home to Bayeux and the D-Day landing beaches. It’s perfect for history buffs or beginners and you can trace William the Conqueror’s footsteps in Caen and Falaise.

Quaint towns and villages with markets selling local produce are perfect for a stroll and a browse. Chateaux, cathedrals and abbeys pepper the landscape. However, the jewel in Normandy’s crown is the Mont St Michel – a small island village topped with a magnificent Gothic abbey. It’s my favourite place to visit. I’d buy a season ticket if I could.

The coastline is spectacular – golden sandy beaches and dunes stretch for miles and miles (or should that be kilometres and kilometres?) Ideal for walking, relaxing or perhaps indulging in some water sports?

Locally produced food and drink includes camembert cheese, calvados, seafood and cider. It is foodie heaven with many restaurants offering a ‘formule’ which is a set meal. Some offer a choice and others don’t but the lunchtime menus provide excellent value and a chance to try dishes you might not normally opt for.

It’s family-friendly too as it’s reminiscent of bygone times. An unspoilt part of France with plenty for the younger members of the family to do. And I challenge you to find a bigger cake than these! They were as good as they look. 

All of this (and more) is waiting for you in Normandy. What are you waiting for?

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