NORMANDY TRAVEL GUIDE
Known for its dramatic scenery, Normandy is the perfect destination for a self-drive holiday. Lapped by the waters of the English Channel, this wonderfully rustic area of northern France is ideal for a relaxing road trip.
The unspoilt pebble beaches along the coast are a particular draw for visitors who come to explore the spectacular landscape. Besides its natural beauty, this inspiring region is known for its captivating cultural heritage, with the remarkable legacy of the Normans everywhere you look. Book your P&O ferry to France and experience all of the amazing things to do in Normandy for yourself.
Please note that the British Normandy Memorial will reopen on the 5 September. It is currently under construction and is not open to the public.
Explore Normandy's Wild Coastline
Everyone knows about England's stunning white cliffs of Dover, but did you know that France has its own mirror to the iconic UK shoreline? The spectacular Alabaster Coast in Normandy is 80-miles long and made of enormous white chalk cliffs, which stretches from the scenic town of Etretat to the coastal village of Dieppe.
Visit a fashionable seaside destination such as Deauville, which boasts perfectly preserved architecture, a popular American Film Festival, and acts as a gateway to Normandy's enchanting countryside.
On your travels, make a stop at Bayeux to marvel upon the Bayeux Tapestry, a medieval wall-hanging that tells the story of how Norman king William the Conqueror seized control of England in 1066.
Captivating Norman Heritage
As a seaboard province with excellent connections to Paris and transatlantic trade routes, Normandy has a fascinating heritage and features prominently in important moments in history.
Many visitors use part of their trip to learn all about the monumental D-Day landings in tours of Normandy's beaches, where the dramatic events of the largest seaborne invasion in history are vividly brought to life by expert guides. You can learn even further about this era by visiting the Mémorial de Caen, a war museum and memorial located in the historical city of Caen.
Art lovers will well know that Normandy was also the birthplace of impressionism, where the luscious landscapes were the inspiration for some of the greatest artworks the world has ever known. Visit the medieval city of Rouen to see the cathedral painted several times by the founder of the Impressionists, Claude Monet.
Go back even further in time with a visit to Mont-Saint-Michel, an ancient UNESCO World Heritage site set on a granite island. This 8th century monastery is one of France’s most recognisable landmarks, attracting over 3-million people every year.
Sample Fantastic Food in Normandy
North France is deeply proud of its gastronomy, and no trip to Normandy would be complete without sampling some of the celebrated local produce. Seafood, apples and dairy products are the three main specialities of the region, and you'll find that many restaurants use lavish amounts of butter and cream in their dishes and desserts.
The area is also home to a variety of famous foods including Camembert cheese and Calvados cider brandy, and a self-drive holiday gives you the opportunity to bring some of Normandy's delicious fare back home with you.
The pretty harbour towns of Honfleur and Barfleur are renowned for their excellent oysters and scallops, which fisherman gather on foot for ultimate quality control.
Get a true taste of Normandy when visiting France, and book your P&O ferry to start your French adventure.
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