Here's a list of other related guides that you may wish to discover.Normandy
Visit the D-Day beaches, and book special guided tours of these famous coastal battle grounds. This stretch of beach along the coast is world famous for the part it played in turning around World War II on the 6th of June 1944. You can explore old army bunkers and war relics along the five beaches going west-east: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. A comprehensive selection would include the Musée-du-Débarquement at Ste Marie-du-Mont, fronting Utah beach, the United States cemetery at Colleville, the Bayeux Commonwealth cemetery, the Juno Beach Centre at Courseulles where the Canadians came ashore, and finally, the Memorial at Caen, the best Second World War museum anywhere.
Another must-see is the Bayeux Tapestry, a breath-taking original tapestry documentation of the 11th century.
Parks, Natural Parks and Gardens. Normandy is a horticultural heaven and boasts an extraordinary number of parks and gardens open to the public. With four Regional National Parks to choose from in the region, you will be spoilt for choice, space and scenery. Natural environments are protected and preserved in these splendid parks, with fabulous views of forests, valleys or maritime wetlands with extensive wildlife. A wide range of garden styles can be found, from simple cottage gardens to grand, formal gardens, botanical collections, subtropical plantations and landscaped "English-style" gardens. You will no doubt find your own inspiration in scenery that captured the hearts of Turner, Monet, Sisley and many other 19th century impressionists. One of the favourites must be 'The Gardens of Giverny' where Claude Monet lived from 1883 until his death in 1926.
Of course there are the stunning Versaille gardens, just outside of Paris, that are within a day-trip from our Normandy holiday villas. Louis XIV commissioned André Le Nôtre in 1661 to landscape the garden for the Palace, and it took forty years to complete. The garden is truly impressive, epitomising the royal elegance of Europe at the time.
Much to neighbouring Brittany's chagrin, the Mont-St-Michel, France's finest historical monument, is just in Normandy. Mesmerisingly alone, the 550-feet rock-island abbey appears to have landed from a more majestic dimension. On the border of Normandy and Brittany, is the Mont-St-Michael island and bay, listed as a World Heritage site, with it's fairytale Abbey making an impressive silhouette against the sky and ocean horizon
Churches and Abbeys . From the 5th century until today, the role played by the 30 or more abbeys and churches of Normandy has been significant. Impossible to see them all in a few days! A complete tour of The Norman Abbey Circuit, (La Route des Abbayes normandes).
The castle at Falaise, south of Caen, where you can discover the fascinating history of one of the greatest warriors of all time while marvelling at the impressive architecture of the medieval period. Royal residence, symbol of central political power during centuries, the castle sunk into oblivion for a long time. In the 1980s, the state and the town of Falaise (owner of the castle) developed a vast restoration programme, and today, it is reborn for the memory, and the pleasure of visitors.