"More than the beaches" Basse-Normandie by filip007

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Nothing beats Normandy for family vacation (at least for me). I came there for the first time when I was 3 years old and kept coming regularly back. And now taking there both my daughters since 6 months old...

Why Normandy? Empty beaches with lots of sand, great tides, plenty of historical sites to visit, perfect terrain for cycling and a generally laid back atmosphere. (Of course the fact that my parents purchased the house we first were in 30 years ago from our friends helps also :-))

If you do not mind the occasional rain and wind (that almost never lasts), Normandy could be the choice for you.

And the food... Nothing beats good cider on a sunny day. And if you ever taste lamb from "pres sales" - salted pastures, you will never want go back to any other one...

Not just D-Day history

Basse Normandie is mainly visited in connection with D-Day landings. But it deserves much more thorough visit. Even history does not limit itself to D-Day, but stretches much further - what other country gave birth to two conquerors that became kings? William of course - Duke who became king of England. But what about the sons of Tancrede (12 of them actually) who carved up their kingdom of Sicily and Naples? Or the sight of stone churches in every village, ressembling fortress towers. And of course Mont Saint Michel, a wonder of the world...

Manche - unique sights

Out of the four Normandy departments, Manche is the farthest from Paris and least visited (if you except Mont Saint Michel, often visited from Brittany). The calmness is one of its main charms, many parisians just driving north to Deauville-Trouville.

Besides Mont Saint Michel, it is unique for its biggest coastal tides in Europe, a series of 8 havres or harbours - natural harbours created where a river runs through dunes to the sea linked to high tides and great sunsets - you got a large stretch of coastline facing west...

  • Last visit to Basse-Normandie: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Your Basse-Normandie page sums up why I am always glad to go back to France - there is always something I missed last time to go back for! Useful Tips.Thankyou.

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