Pont l’Eveque - Normandy
Think of Pont l’Eveque and you may think of the famous square shaped cheese which bears its name. This traditional French town in Normandy is also famous for its fine cuisine as well as its pastoral landscape and valleys.
Pont L'Eveque is located in the department of Calvados in Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie) in north western France and just 12 km from the delightful Deauville-Trouville coast, famous for fine seafood and fish. The town lies right in the heart of the Pays d'Auge and as the town is placed between three rivers its little wonder that the countryside is so green and lush.
There is some interesting history that surrounds Pont L’Eveque as it was an important trade route between Paris, Rouen and the Brittany coastline. In 1944 during the battle of Normandy a large part of the town was under German Occupation thereby a great number of buildings were destroyed by allied bomb raids. After the war there was much rebuilding to be done and many important buildings have been restored to their former glory.
Today, Pont L’Eveque is a popular centre for tourism with many attractions on offer for families visiting the region. There is a large leisure lake (Lac de Pont L’Eveque) which is popular for swimming, sailing, and yachting, jet skiing, kayaking and fishing. With a Blue Flag award for safe environmental bathing it is very popular with families. This large park has a restaurant and plenty of grassed spaces to picnic.
Within easy driving distance of Deauville, Trouville, Honfleur, Cabourg and other seaside resorts, there are plenty of opportunities to explore this part of Normandy including the D-Day Landing Beaches. With Pont L'Eveque as your base, touring the countryside and taking in the picturesque villages along the way, you are guaranteed dipping into traditional French rural life mixed with shopping in interesting towns and some wonderful regional food.
One of the most interesting places to visit is Pere Magloire which is a distillery producing the famous Normandy tipple, Calvados, a local apple brandy. There is a small museum and a tour guide will explain the manufacturing process with the added attraction of tasting different types of this most hearty 'digestif' at the end of the tour as well as purchasing some bottles!
Cheese, Apples and Cream
Cheese - Pont l'Eveque is a famous French cheese known by everyone and it can be bought locally on Market Day (Monday) or in the many shops that abound this area. It’s made from cow's milk and manufactured throughout the year and one of the most popular cheeses in the region. It is small, square shaped and of a pale yellow colour while its rind has white-orange colour. It’s a soft and very rich cheese with creamy and full-bodied flavour and tastes best when eaten at room temperature. It is an excellent dessert cheese, which goes well with a robust wine.
Cream - Any description of the cuisine of Normandy without the word "cream" would be lacking. Normandy cows ("vaches normandes") produce up to 7 gallons of milk a day, which is famed for its creaminess and liberally used in many Norman dishes.
Apples - The region's other famous product is the apple. Normandy is not known as a wine-producing region, but does produce large amounts of potent apple cider, which locals often drink with meals. Apples are also used to make Calvados, an apple brandy that is a favourite after-dinner drink and is used to flavour desserts and sauces.
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