France

Lower Normandy

Lower Normandy
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 Lower Normandy

Cathedral Cathedral
Cathedral
Begun in 1056, this cathedral is...
1:00
Bayeux Tapestry Bayeux Tapestry
Bayeux Tapestry
A graphic record of the Middle Ages,...
Mémorial de Caen Mémorial de Caen
Mémorial de Caen
The Memorial's building occupies the...
2:00
Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, founded...
1:00
Cloisters  Cloisters
Cloisters
The cloisters seem to be suspended...
1:00
Mont-Saint-Michel bay Mont-Saint-Michel bay
Mont-Saint-Michel bay
The bay of Mont-St-Michel is bordered...
4:00