Normandy is a picturesque region in Northern France that offers a rich blend of culture, history, architecture, and natural beauty. With its scenic beaches, rolling countryside, romantic chateau, and irresistible cuisine, visiting Normandy will surely be an unforgettable experience.
Although Normandy appears peaceful today, it hasn’t always been so serene. Beginning in the ninth century, the Vikings colonised the region and named it Normandy, which means “country of the Northmen.” The following centuries were marked by numerous conflicts between England and France and the Nazi occupation culminating in the Battle of Normandy in 1944.
While roaming around Normandy’s best destinations, you’ll discover historic battlefields, magnificent medieval buildings, gorgeous gardens, and some of the most exquisite food.
Club Wyndham Normandy is located along the meandering banks of the Seine River and only an 80-minute drive from Paris. This beautiful resort offers spacious studios and up to three-bedroom condo-style suites. The resort has an outdoor swimming pool, an indoor pool, a children’s playground, a bar, and a relaxing sauna. Club Wyndham Normandy is the perfect base as you explore the top attractions in the region.
Here, we share five best things to do while in Normandy:
- Visit the D-Day landing beaches. This is a truly humbling experience as you walk in the footsteps of the brave soldiers who fought for freedom during World War II. The D-Day landing beaches span 70km and feature memorials, cemeteries, and museums commemorating the events.
- Explore Mont Saint Michel. An iconic European structure, Mont Saint Michel is a picturesque island commune that offers a unique experience. The iconic Gothic-style abbey is a must-see and best explored on a guided tour. Be sure to visit La Mère Poulard, a renowned restaurant established in 1879 and famous for its giant omelette. Don’t forget to walk on the sandbank during low tide for a breathtaking view of the island.
- Wander the historic city of Rouen. This charming city in the region is known for its stunning architecture, including the famous Rouen Cathedral. Explore the historic Old Town, which features a maze of narrow cobblestone streets, restored half-timbered houses, and well-maintained public gardens. Also, spend some time at the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801 and now home to an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures.
- See Chateau de Caen. A castle located in the city of Caen, Chateau de Caen was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. Explore the castle’s ramparts, which offer stunning views of the city. You can also visit the castle’s interior, where you’ll find museums and exhibitions showcasing the region’s history and culture.
- Enjoy Normandy’s cuisine in local restaurants. Visitors looking to taste the best of Normandy’s cuisine should head to local restaurants and markets. Some must-try dishes include creamy Camembert cheese, seafood platters, and the famous apple-based desserts. Try moules frites (mussels with fries) at Le P’tit Bec and fresh seafood and local produce at Place Saint-Marc market. In Honfleur, La Couronne, the oldest inn in France, serves classic Norman dishes like duck confit and tarte tatin (an apple tart). If you want to dine in a farm-to-table restaurant in the countryside, visit La Ferme aux Grives near Rouen.
It is no surprise that Normandy has become a favourite of travellers from around the world. If you’re looking for a place that lets you relive history, satisfy your taste buds, and admire stunning works of art, Normandy is the perfect destination. So, pack your bags and get set to explore!
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