The Essential
Basse-Normandie is a happy marriage of major historical and cultural highlights and exceptional natural sites. No introduction is needed for the world-famous Mont St-Michel, its thousand-year-old abbey and sublime bay, where the tides are said to rise as swiftly as a horse's gallop.
Basse-Normandie also invites you to immerse yourself in the history of the Second World War, on the D-Day landing beaches and at the Caen Memorial, or in William the Conqueror's formidable conquest of the English crown, as depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry.
The region is also blessed with a stunning natural environment, with its largely untouched coastline, Côte Fleurie dotted with charming seaside resorts, the Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin Regional Nature Park, with its varied ecosystems rich in flora and fauna, the age-old bocage country of the Pays d'Auge, the craggy landscapes of Norman Switzerland and the vertiginous cliffs of the Pointe de la Hague. Plenty to keep you busy!

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Basse-Normandie

Cathedral Cathedral
Mont-Saint-Michel bay Mont-Saint-Michel bay
Mont-Saint-Michel bay
Le Mont-Saint-Michel
Mémorial de Caen Mémorial de Caen
Mémorial de Caen
The Merveille at Mont-Saint-Michel abbey The Merveille at Mont-Saint-Michel abbey
The Merveille at Mont-Saint-Michel abbey
Le Mont-St-Michel
Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
Le Mont-St-Michel
Cloisters Cloisters
Le Mont-St-Michel

Our reports

Champ de Bataille, grand style

Jacques Garcia is one of the decorators most in demand worldwide. He has taken care, inter alia, of the decoration of Hotel Costes, Le Fouquet's and the Romantic Life Museum in Paris... Opening for us the doors of his splendid chateau in Normandy, a total work of art, this visual artist explains his interpretation of the French 17th and 18th centuries.

Champ de Bataille, a new take on Le Nôtre

A French Baroque masterpiece, the Chateau du Champ de Bataille needed a worthy setting. Geometrical gardens were required to prolong the architectural lines, in great French tradition, with immense perspectives and large pools. Jacques Garcia, owner of the chateau, shows us round this Pharaonic site where work started in 1993.