Making the best out of one’s time in Normandy is no easy thing as there are so many things to see and do!
Coming to the Hôme du Monde is looking for the best tips, reliable and fitted to your expectations and not necessarily in the guide books.
To avoid getting lost in the numerous possibilities, I listed the visits according to 3 criteria:
Normandy in general and Lower Normandy in particular are exceptionally rich areas. There is a wide variety of nature sites, sports activities, cultural and educational visits LIEN. Whatever the time of year or the weather, you’ll always find something to do. The list below is far from complete. Its aim is barely to guide you while leaving you free of choice…
Around the BnB in Bretteville l’Orgueilleuse, you can choose to discover cities (Caen, Bayeux), the countryside (the plain of Caen, Norman woods, the Suisse normande and the Pays d’Auge which are rolling countrysides), the sea (beaches, resorts, cliffs, fishing harbours surrounded by restaurants). This variety allows a wide range of excursions (hikes, biking rides, …) and strolls in the city for visits and shopping. What’s more, the region is open to sharing its culture. You can visit crops and cow farms, oyster farms, fishing outings, cider farms, calvados distilleries, cheese factories, … And as the D-Day 70th Anniversary is not far gone, try the “ Freedom hikes” to remember!
Around the cottage in Gatteville, the sea is everywhere. So take advantage of the beaches, the coast path , the visit of the lighthouse, the walks around the harbours of Barfleur and Saint Vaast, ….
The countryside is full of little paths and trails where it feels so good to walk. As the ground is rather falt, biking is very pleasant as well. Urban life is not that far with Cherbourg and its sea port, its ferry terminal, its shops.
At last, if you go still a little farther, you’ll reach the North-Western tip of the Cotentin (la Hague LIEN) where you can walk along the coast path which is right onto the cliff. The view is wonderful. The Channel Islands are not very far and easy of access. The Mont St Michel is a must-see.
Again,do not hesitate to ask me for advice.