Green meadows, orchards of apple trees, cliffs, sandy beaches and hedged farmland compose the landscapes of the Calvados. A great variety of activities is proposed to visitors of this département. Places steeped in history, sandy beaches, as well as seaside resorts of the Côte Fleurie (Flower coast) and the Côte de Nacre, Suisse Normande (an area reminiscent of Switzerland) attracting sporty types and nature lovers, the Pays d'Auge and its magnificent timber-framed manor houses , but also gastronomic resources, contribute to make the Calvados a very popular destination for those who love history and lovers of relaxation and sports leisure activities.
At the heart of gentle, verdant Normandy, Eure has a superb range of discoveries in store for lovers of culture, history and architecture: Claude Monet's house and gardens, Gisors Castle Fort, Evreux Cathedral and Museum, Gaillard Castle, Bec-Hellouin Abbey, Vascoeuil Centre of Art and History and Champ de Bataille Castle, to name just a few! Eure has plenty for nature-lovers, with its floral gardens, beautiful Lyons Forest, and the Norman Seine River Meanders Regional Nature Park, where walkers and hikers can appreciate the peaceful landscapes of the Vernier Marsh and the Seine and Risle Valleys at their leisure.
From the salty meadows and vast sandy areas of the Mont-Saint-Michel bay to the cliffs, moors and marshes of the Cotentin peninsula, through the typically Normandy hedged farmland, the Manche offers a beautiful variety of landscapes. This département also offers an exceptional heritage with the world famous Mont-Saint-Michel. But the Manche also has many other features, including cities of Art and History, religious buildings, maritime sites and arts and crafts.
The Orne département in the heart of Normandy is horse country, famous for breeding thoroughbreds and trotters. Its lush green landscapes are full of bucolic charm and incredibly romantic, making it the perfect place for relaxation and recharging your batteries, as well as outdoor activities such as horse riding, walking and golf. The Orne also boasts two regional nature parks and a remarkable architectural and cultural heritage in the form of châteaux and manor houses, typical villages, stud farms like the prestigious Le Pin National Stud, the elegant spa town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne and lacemaking expertise showcased in museums in Alençon and Argentan. A wealth of interest for a weekend break or a longer stay!
With the Alabaster coast and its high chalk cliffs, the meanders of the River Seine bordered by impressive abbeys, the charming Normandy countryside, Étretat and its famous cliffs, Rouen and its artistic and religious heritage, the Seine-Maritime is a favourite destination for art and architecture fans, as well as all those who love wild and unspoiled scenery.