7 Things You Have To Do In Normandy, France

Only 200kms out of Paris, Normandy offers the perfect, relaxing, outdoor weekend getaway, summer or winter. Here is a list of things you need to work your way through if and when in Normandy for a week or a weekend:

1.) Secluded creeks and breathtaking views of the white cliffs in Etretat, Fécamp and Dieppe, Haute Normandy. We found crystal clear fresh water rivers and little dam, on the doorstep of our AirBnb in Colleville.

Etretat, White Cliffs © World For Travel
Etretat, White Cliffs © World For Travel

2.) Stroll down the promenade in Etretat and take in the scenes that influenced impressionist, Monet, first hand. This breathtaking scenery is bound to be inspirational to everyone.

Cider Route © Barbara Younglesson
Cider Route © Barbara Younglesson

3.) Try some cider, made in the Normandy region. Served in a ceramic bowl, most restaurants offer a home-brewed cider taking your taste buds back in history. If you’ve got time, test out the scenic cider route of only 40kms for a relaxing Sunday drive.

4.) Visit the D-Day beaches and emerge yourself in world history. Stretching out over 80kms of the Normandy coast line, in 1944 these beaches were swarmed with liberators during the WWII.

5.) Aux Diables Verts, restaurant in Cormeilles serving delicious French cuisine. The owner and chef of the restaurant can speak perfect English and is extremely welcoming. Make sure to ask for the daily specials, which included a delicious lamb stew and the best Fois Gras in the region.

Farm Stay, Normandy © Bergerie De La Moutonniere
Farm Stay, Normandy © Bergerie De La Moutonniere

6.) Stay in a barn on a French farm. Hidden between the green grass and tall trees, we found a beautiful French Chateau and rooms available in a newly renovated barn. In close proximity to small towns and villages, this dog friendly accommodation offers a truly relaxing Normandy experience.

7.) Visit the picturesque harbour in Honfleur, wander through the cobblestoned streets bursting with small boutiques. Make sure to get your hands on some salted butter caramels available at many of the stores in the city.

Been there, done that? Give us some suggestions on what to do when visiting this beautiful region?


Written by Hailey Edy

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