I would like to take you on a beautiful route along the coast of Normandy where we will stop at 5 places you can’t miss.
Normandy is an area located in the North-West of France alongside the canal that separates France from England.
The beaches of Normandy are known worldwide because of their important role in World War 2. On D-Day the American troops landed here. If you have seen the movie ‘Saving private Ryan’, you can probably imagine this scene vividly.
Normandy is also known because of the Mont Saint Michel, one of the world’s most beautiful monuments. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to cross this off my bucket list.
Tip: the weather in Normandy is unpredictable so prepare for the worst and don’t forget to bring a raincoat even during the summer months.
1 – Deauville
Deauville is a beautiful, recently constructed seaside town, that radiates class. You can also name it the Saint-Tropez of Normandy. Here you will find impressive villas and luxurious hotels.
The beach with its multi-coloured parasols is very popular amongst the tourists. Every summer you can find many people who are looking for sun, sea and amusement. This last one can be found in the hippodrome or casino. Around the Casino you will find a nice shopping area entirely in the Belle Époque style.
The best thing I liked was walking on ‘les planches’ alongside the beach with the beach cabins that carry the names of celebrities that once visited Deauville.
2 – Trouville
Trouville is located next to Deauville and is therefore easy to visit on the same day. On a walk alongside the beach you can see the most stunning beach villas. The architecture of these impressive mansions still dates from the early years of the Belle Epoque.
The city centre of Trouville is slightly older than that of Deauville and consists of a maze of little streets. Personally, I find this more enjoyable. Terraces and restaurants are also considerably cheaper over here.
Be sure to visit the old fish market, now a historical monument that still refers to a rich fisherman’s past.
And don’t forget to taste the local fish specialties.
3 – Honfleur
This picturesque harbour town scores high on my list of most cozy villages. Even though the weather was very moody, this fascinating location still enchanted me
Start your visit at the old harbour and enjoy a nice breakfast or a cup of coffee in one of the nearby establishments.
Discover the area around the old harbour with its small cobbled streets with authentic houses and striking facades. Explore the most adorable local shops and stop once in a while to enjoy the local specialties.
4 – Étretat
Stop on the way to admire the famous rock formations of Étretat. If you have the time you can hike all the way up to the viewpoint. There you have a gorgeous panoramic view over the rock formations. This viewpoint is also accessible by car.
The town of Étretat could hardly impress me after visiting Honfleur. Here you have to come especially for the marvellous landscape and adventurous hiking trails.
5 – Mers-Les-Bains
This small but charming seaside village is certainly worth a short visit because of its beautifully preserved houses dating from the Belle Époque and Art Nouveau period. They are therefore classified as a protected monument.
You can stroll alongside the sea with an ice cream and a spectacular view over these magnificent eye-catchers.
These wonderful places are not so far apart. So they are perfect to combine on a short weekend road trip.
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