Normandy is one of the most popular regions to visit in
France, due to its beautiful scenery, coastal location and closeness to the UK.
Despite its popularity, however, there are still a few unforgettable places you
can visit on your stay at our Normandy villas where you can enjoy their wonders
almost all to yourself. Here’s just a few of the hidden gems in Normandy that
we think are worth visiting.
Chateau de Crèvecoeur
Though Normandy has plenty of fascinating castles to offer,
the Chateau de Crèvecoeur is one that is often sadly overlooked. It’s a
wonderfully maintained castle, which has remained almost completely intact
since it was first constructed. The inner bailey is the oldest part of the
castle, where its walls date back to the 12th century, and so the
castle offers a journey through almost a thousand years of regional history.
Chateau de Crèvecoeur is also home to a botanical garden, which still
grows the plants once used for medicinal purposes in centuries gone by.
Cap de la Hague
The Cap de la Hague is a secluded section of the Normandy
coast which is great for both walking and cycling, offering more than 80
kilometres of routes to explore and enjoy. You’ll fall in love with its rugged
and dramatic coastline, as have many poets and artists, who have been inspired
by its natural beauty over the years.
Looking out to sea, you’ll see a tall and proud lighthouse , while
there’s also centuries of history to be discovered in the village of
Honfleur is one of the prettiest towns you’ll find on the
whole of the Norman coastline. Its stand-out feature is the collection of
houses overlooking the waterfront, with their slate-covered facades, which have
inspired many of France’s most highly acclaimed artists, from Claude Monet to
Gustave Courbet. The beautiful buildings don’t end on the seafront, however, as
it is also home to the largest wooden church in France, as well as host of chapels,
barns and museums to marvel at.
Many people visit Normandy to find out more about both its
medieval and its modern history, but the origins of people settling in this
region in fact stretch back way further than this. Fifteen miles from Caen,
you’ll find the Vieux-la-Romaine, an archaeological site which is home to the
remains of the Roman city of Aregenua. It was first excavated in 1697, and
surprises continue to be unearthed here even today.
Dives-sur-Mer is most famous for being where William the
Conqueror and his fleet departed from on their conquest of England, but this
small seaside town also has so much more to offer visitors. Many of its buildings still date back to the
medieval period, from an old coaching inn to a 13th century church.
Every Saturday the town also holds an excellent market, which is spread
throughout the entire network of narrow streets within the town centre. Images: isamiga76,
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