Five of Normandy’s hidden gems

10th November, 2016
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 Omonville-la-Rogue.


Honfleur



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.

Vieux-la-Romaine



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



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.


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