Places to See
Normandy is a beautiful and fascinating area to visit. The sights include the wondrous Mont St Michel, the famous tapestry at Bayeux and the numerous locations linked with the World War II D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy.
We have listed below just a few of the places you may like to visit whilst in Normandy.
St Michel - "Marvel
of the Western World"
The highpoint of medieval architecture from the Middle Ages and constructed on a rock pinnacle, the Abbey is the most commanding view point from which to see the bay. The abbey's audacious and innovative rooms are evocative of one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage locations.
As one of the most visited attractions in France, Mont St Michel can become very busy. Avoid the obvious busy periods if possible. An evening visit is worthwhile, especially on a very dark night when the floodlit Mont appears from a distance to float above the sea.
On the road just south of Mont St Michel at Beauvoir is the Reptile House which is a very popular attraction. You can see crocodiles, lizards, snakes and tortoises all in a lovely setting.
Mont St Michel is about 44 kms (27 miles) from the apartment.
Granville - "Monaco of the North"
On the northern edge of Granville, near the main beach, is the former home of Christian Dior. The gardens are open to the public and the house has now become a museum to the famous couturier.
The D-Day landings and The Battle of Normandy
There are many sites around Normandy linked with the landings and the following Battle of Normandy. The beaches codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword are all between Caen and Ste Mere Eglise. The Pegasus Bridge near Caen, St Mere Eglise and the Arromanches Museum and Cinema just north of Bayeux are just a few places not to miss.
The Bayeux Tapestry
Bayeux is about 110 kms (70 miles) from the apartment and you should allow about 1.5 hours for the visit.
Avranches - The Mont St Michel manuscripts are some of the finest in Europe and are on display in the town hall at Avranches.
Villedieu-Les-Poeles Bell Foundry - One of the few bell foundries still in existence where you can see the bell casters making their moulds from clay, horse manure and goat hair! http://www.cornille-havard.com
Also see our things to do page for more active ideas.
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