Things to do and see in Normandy
Ideas for your holiday at our French gites
There are so many interesting places to visit in this lovely unspoilt part of Normandy including chateaux, cathedrals, markets and fascinating old towns. Here are a few of our favourite places to go. There are a lot more suggestions in the information book in the farmhouse too.
- Villedieu des Poeles this fascinating old town is famous for its copper ware and has a lively market on Tuesday and an interesting Bell Foundry.
- Coutances with its world famous cathedral has a street market on Thursday, lots of interesting shops and cafes and beautifully tended gardens floodlit in July and August.
- Gavray is a local market town which has a lively calf market on a Wednesday which is fun for all the family. There are piglets, chickens and ducklings too, market stalls and the delicious smell of cooking sauages. There is a pannier market on Saturday and a good bar/restaurant with tables outside.
- Normandy Landing Beaches are within easy reach with interesting museums at Arromanches and Caen etc.
- Bayeux famous for its tapestry is a very pretty flower filled town with a beautiful cathedral.
- Le Mont Saint Michel is a stunning Norman abbey church built on a rocky tidal island.
- Zoo Champrepus between Villedieu-les-Poeles and Granville, the Zoo is an exotic park divided into different zones with additional areas such as a mini farm, themed gardens, exotic domestic animals and children’s play area. The main zones comprise: African with giraffes, lions, zebras, cheetahs and antelopes; and the Tropical Zone with tigers, leopards, monkeys and tropical birds such as macaws and flamingos.
- Le Village Enchante in Bellefontaine near Mortain. A family leisure park for all ages with canopy walks and zip lines, train rides, dodgem cars, fairy tale woods and valleys, magic garden, theatre, paintball, pony rides and farm animals. There is also an onsite local brewery restaurant.
There are many village fairs with Vide Grenier (empty your attic) sales. Click here to see our blog with more information.