For history, culture and gastronomic indulgence, Normandy is hard to beat. Attractive historic ports line the line the coastline, linked by wide sandy beaches, while inland lush farmland is dotted with timeless French villages. Highlights include the island monastery of Mont St-Michel, the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, the D-Day Landing Beaches and Monet’s waterlily garden at Giverny.
The legacy of the Normans is evident throughout Normandy, from the cathedrals of Rouen and Coutances, to the abbey of Mont St-Michel and the 1,000-year old Bayeux Tapestry. Medieval highlights include Honfleur, Rouen and Barfleur; Victorian splendour abounds in the 19th century resorts of Trouville or Etretat or for 1930s glamour head to Deauville. It is hard not to be moved by the museums, memorials and cemeteries of the D-Day Landing Beaches or impressed by the abbey of Jumieges. Famed for its cheese and apples, Normandy is a chance to explore a land rich in history culture and gastronomy.