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Domfront

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Orne

Domfront - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Orne
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Perched on a hill above Varenne valley is the fortified medieval town of Domfront, founded in the 11th century. It has preserved many reminders of its rich past, making it a delightful place for a stroll: charming squares and narrow streets, a 12th-century Romanesque keep, remains of the old feudal castle, rampart towers, and picturesque half-timbered houses, mansions and interior courtyards. There is also a stunning view across the surrounding hedged farmland from Place du Panorama and the castle garden.

At the foot of the town, on the banks of the Varenne, stands the 11th- and 12th-century Notre-Dame-sur-l'Eau church, a superb example of Norman Romanesque art.

The hedged farmland around Domfront has been awarded the Site Remarquable du Goût (site of culinary excellence) label and is a must-visit area for its two specialities, perry and calvados – alcoholic drinks made using locally-grown pears and apples.

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