Normandy, with the sea on one side and the countryside on the other, invites you on an adventure through history, culture, and the great outdoors!
First, discover Bayeux, the capital of Bessin, with its exceptional heritage. Explore the medieval city centre with its half-timbered houses, Notre-Dame cathedral (a jewel of Normandy architecture), the famous Bayeux tapestry (listed as UNESCO world heritage), the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum and many other fascinating places to visit.
Bayeux is conveniently located within easy reach of the main tourist attractions in Normandy. Right by the Normandy Landings beaches (Arromanches, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Juno Beach, Sword Beach...), the American cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer, Pointe du Hoc, Caen, a city of art and history with its two magnificent Abbeys, without forgetting the Côte Fleurie (Trouville, Deauville, Honfleur...), Pays d'Auge and, of course, Mont Saint-Michel.
A real open-air museum, the “1944 D-Day Normandy, land of freedom” site is a collection of places, museums and memorial sites related to 6 June 1944 and the offensive which followed thereafter. Near Bayeux: the German guns at Longues-sur-Mer (a major part of the Atlantic Wall), the Landings Beaches, the Caen Memorial...
1h30 from Bayeux (a shuttle leaves from Bayeux every day), Mont-Saint-Michel is a must-see site in Normandy. Visiting “Le Mont” is an unforgettable experience. This majestic site was one of the main medieval centres for pilgrimage, with its magnificent abbey, which embodies a full panoply of medieval architectural techniques, from the 11th to the 16th centuries. Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are listed as a world heritage site.
An hour from Bayeux, the Côte Fleurie invites you to enjoy a different pace of life. The best-known seaside resorts of Normandy await: Deauville with its beach, board walk and casino, Trouville with its busy fishing port, Houlgate and its Belle Epoque villas, Cabourg, which inspired Marcel Proust… not to forget Pays d’Auge, a picture-perfect slice of Normandy countryside.