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16 Best Things to Do in Normandy

Up-to-Date 2024  –  By Culture Francia Team

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16 Top Things to Do

Normandy Overall Appeal ★★★★★

  Name Appeal Type Visit Cost
01 ➡️ Mont Saint-Michel ★★★★★

Village, Abbey & Bay

Either Either
02 ➡️ D-Day Sites ★★★★★

WWII Sites

Either Either
03 Etretat Cliffs ★★★★★ Hiking Self Free
04 Monet's House & Garden ★★★★☆ Garden + House Museum Either Paid
05 ➡️ Bayeux ★★★★☆ Town - -
06 Criel-Sur-Mer Cliffs ★★★★☆ Hiking Self Free
07 Nez de Jobourg Cliffs ★★★★☆ Hiking Self Free
08 Cap de la Hague ★★★★☆ Hiking Self Free
09 Cabanes Vauban Cliffs ★★★★☆ Hiking Self Free
10 Biking along the Coast ★★★★☆ Biking Self Free
11 ➡️ Honfleur ★★★★☆ Town - Port - -
12

➡️ Deauville & Trouville

★★★★☆ Towns - Seaside resorts - -
13 ➡️ Rouen ★★★☆☆ City - -
14 ➡️ Caen ★★★☆☆ City - -
15 ➡️ Le Havre ★★★☆☆ City - Port - -
16 ➡️ Fécamp ★★★☆☆ Town - Seaside resort - -

01. Mont Saint-Michel

Aerial view of Mont Saint-Michel, a medieval abbey perched on a rocky island surrounded by tidal waters.

Overall Appeal ★★★★★
Type Village, Abbey & Bay

Visit Self or Tour
Cost Free or Paid

Mont Saint Michel is a stunning tidal island with a medieval abbey on top, located off the coast of Normandy. It offers amazing views, cobbled streets, and a rich history that goes back to the 8th century. This UNESCO World Heritage site attracts millions of visitors every year.

Main Attractions

  • Village ★★★★★
  • Abbey ★★★★★
  • Outdoor Activities in the Bay ★★★★★

➡️ 09 Things to Do in Mont-Saint-Michel

02. D-Day Sites

Rows of white crosses at the D-Day American Cemetery in Normandy, honoring the fallen soldiers amid green lawns and trees.

Overall Appeal ★★★★★
Type WWII Sites

Visit Self or Tour
Cost Free or Paid

The D-Day Sites in Normandy cover historic beaches, museums, and memorials that remember the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944.

📜 Wikipedia

Main Sites USA

  • Colleville-sur-Mer Cementery
  • Omaha Beach
  • Point du Roc Cliffs

Main Sites Canada

  • Juno Beach Center Museum
  • Juno Beach
  • Beny-sur-mer Cementery

03. Etretat Cliffs

Scenic view of the white chalk cliffs of Etretat, with natural arches and blue waters of the English Channel.

Appeal ★★★★★
Type Hiking

Visit Self
Cost Free

The Etretat Cliffs are famous for their dramatic white chalk formations and natural arches overlooking the English Channel. These cliffs inspired artists like Monet and are perfect for scenic walks and photography. The charming seaside town of Etretat adds to the stunning natural beauty.

04. Monet's House & Garden

Vibrant floral archways leading to Claude Monet's charming house in Giverny, with lush gardens and colorful flowers.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type Garden + House Museum

Visit Self or Tour
Cost Free or Paid

Giverny is a picturesque village famous for being the home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Visitors can tour Monet’s house and gardens, including the famous water lily pond and Japanese bridge. 

05. Bayeux Town

Aerial view of Bayeux town featuring the iconic Bayeux Cathedral surrounded by historic buildings and greenery.

Overall Appeal ★★★★☆

Bayeux is a lovely medieval town known for the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th-century masterpiece showing the Norman Conquest. Visitors can explore its historic cathedral, cobbled streets, and traditional Norman architecture. The town is also a gateway to the D-Day landing beaches.

06. Criel-sur-Mer Cliffs

A scenic view of the Criel-sur-Mer cliffs showing lush green grass atop steep cliffs overlooking a calm, turquoise sea on a clear, sunny day.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type Hiking

Visit Self
Cost Free

The Criel-sur-Mer Cliffs are tall, white cliffs that look over the English Channel. They give you awesome views of the sea and the countryside around.

07. Nez Jobourg Cliffs

Rugged coastline of Nez de Jobourg with steep cliffs, rocky shoreline, and clear blue water, highlighting the dramatic coastal landscape.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type Hiking

Visit Self
Cost Free

Nez de Jobourg is a striking coastal cliff located on the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy. Known for its breathtaking views and rugged beauty, it rises over 128 meters above sea level.

It’s also called “Falaise de la Hague” (not to be confused with Cap de la Hague below, which is flat in relief).

08. Cap de la Hague

Scenic coastal view of Cap de la Hague with traditional stone buildings, a lighthouse in the distance, and green fields leading to the blue sea.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type Hiking

Visit Self
Cost Free

Cap de la Hague is a cape at the tip of Normandy. Pleasant in good weather, hiking there is also very appealing during stormy weather when the sea is rough. In such conditions, the current passing in front is one of the strongest in Europe.

09. Cabanes Vauban Cliffs

A rocky coastline with a stone structure on the left, overlooking a distant islet across a vast body of water. The scene is serene and expansive.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type Hiking

Visit Self
Cost Free

The 2 Cabanes Vauban are historic lookout huts built along the Normandy coast during the 17th century. These structures provide stunning views of the coastline, and on clear days, you can even see the Mont Saint-Michel in the distance.

10. Biking along the Coast

Cyclist riding along a coastal path with a view of cliffs and the ocean in Normandy, epitomizing a scenic coastal biking experience.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type Biking

Visit Self
Cost Free

Normandy’s coastal bike routes provide a unique way to experience the region’s natural beauty and historic sites. Cyclists can enjoy the fresh sea air, picturesque villages, and stunning views of cliffs, beaches, and rolling countryside.

11. Honfleur Town

Charming port of Honfleur town, with colorful buildings lining the waterfront and boats docked in the harbor.

Overall Appeal ★★★★☆

Honfleur is a quaint port town with a rich maritime history, known for its charming harbor, timber-framed houses, and art galleries. The picturesque Vieux-Bassin is a highlight, attracting artists and tourists alike.

12. Deauville & Trouville Towns

Picturesque street view of Deauville town, featuring traditional half-timbered buildings and quaint shops.

Overall Appeal ★★★☆☆

Deauville and Trouville are twin seaside resorts known for their elegant villas, sandy beaches, and lively boardwalks. Deauville is famous for its upscale amenities, horse racing, and film festival, while Trouville offers a more relaxed vibe with its bustling fish market and charming streets.

13. Rouen City

Panoramic view of Rouen city, showcasing the Rouen Cathedral and the Seine River winding through the urban landscape.

Overall Appeal ★★★☆☆

Rouen is a historic city known for its stunning Gothic architecture, including the impressive Rouen Cathedral. It played a big role in French history, being the place where Joan of Arc was tried and executed. The city’s medieval quarter and museums offer a rich cultural experience.

14. Caen City

A panoramic view of Caen city highlighting the central St. Peter's Church and the surrounding urban landscape with green spaces and roads.

Overall Appeal ★★★☆☆

Caen is a vibrant city with a mix of historic and modern attractions, including the Caen Memorial Museum dedicated to World War II. The city has medieval structures such as abbeys and a castle.

15. Le Havre City

Coastal view of Le Havre city, highlighting a sandy beach, a promenade filled with people, and a Ferris wheel amidst modern buildings and skyscrapers.

Overall Appeal ★★★☆☆

Le Havre is a port city known for its modernist architecture by Auguste Perret after WWII. It boasts the UNESCO-listed Le Havre Modern Art Museum and a lively waterfront.

16. Fécamp Town

Panoramic view of Fécamp harbor with numerous boats, a stretch of beach, and the town's buildings nestled along the coastline and cliffs.

Overall Appeal ★★★☆☆

Fecamp is a historic town on the Alabaster Coast, known for its Benedictine Palace and cliffs. The town features a beautiful marina, pebble beaches, and a rich maritime history. 

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