Normandy & Brittany Travel Guide

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A Normandy & Brittany travel guide will consist of some of the most beautiful beaches in France. These cities feature many attractions that are suitable for all types of travelers from the adventurous to those who prefer to lay back and enjoy the sun.

Normandy is a city in France that is along the English Channel on the coast of Northern France. It is boasts of acres of rolling countryside and is home to many dairy farms and orchards that the city is known for. Its neighboring city, Brittany, on the other hand boasts of many megalithic monuments that can be found all across its peninsula.

Beaches in Normandy and Brittany

If you prefer to lie back under the sun, then you can go to one of the pristine beaches in Brittany. For water sport enthusiasts, the Penthievre Plages is the best place to go. It features two beaches located at the Quiberon Peninsula right at its narrowest area. The two beaches of Penthievre Plages have totally different vibes. The Cote Sauvage faces the Atlantic Ocean, while the Quiberon Bay is a tranquil beach with warm waters.

Another popular beach destination is the Grande Plage de Goas Lagorn. This calm beach is a favorite vacation destination for travelers and locals with families. It features a mile long white sand beach and a sheltered bay area. The beach has a family camping ground. Aside from swimming, visitors can also scuba dive, kayak and paddle board on the beach. There are several surfing beaches in Normandy that any surfing fanatic would love. There are over 10 surfing beaches that travelers can choose from depending on the waves they seek, including Le Rozel, Vauville, Collignon, Trouville, Saint-Adresses and Pourville.

Castles and Monuments

If one prefers to stay on dry land, then there are plenty of castles and monuments in these cities to explore. The Mont Saint Michel is a must see. Connected to the mainland through a causeway, this towering structure is built on flat sands on a small island. It is one of the most famous landmarks and iconic attractions in France.

Another destination that should not be missed is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which honors the American soldiers who died in Europe during the World War II. This memorial center is located on a cliff that overlooks Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer. With the city of Brittany having the richest megaliths in the world, a tour of the megalithic monuments in Brittany are a fascinating destination that no one should pass up. These monuments date back to the prehistoric times of Brittany.

Also a notable place to visit is the calvary sculptures in Brittany, which are scattered on the crossroads in small towns and villages. These sculptures are elaborately carved crucifixion scenes.

Farm, Wine and Garden Tours

Dotted with beautiful lakes, rivers, rolling hills and valleys, both Normandy and Brittany are good places to take a hike. There are several dairy farms that you can go to tour and sample the locally made cheeses.

Normandy is also known for its wines, so a wine tour is a must when visiting this city. Visit one of the vineyards in the area and learn how they make their local brandy, Calvados.


Normandy is a very beautiful part of France that has lots to offer to the visitor. Old towns, sandy beaches, the Mont-Saint-Michel, they are all there.

Rouen, the capital, is a very beautiful old town. To explore it well you would need at least two days. Giverny is a small town. What brings you here is the gardens of the French painter Monet. If you have some knowledge of his paintings a walk through the gardens is great: you see impressionist paintings alive and all!

Normandy is also famous for its apple brandy called Calvados. A visit to a cellar to taste a few of these wines is recommended.

Honfleur is one of the most pretty harbour towns imaginable. It's been a long time favourite with professional and non-professional painters. Bayeux has its famous Tapestry which is a must see for everyone interested in art and/or tapestry.

Brittany is a great place to visit. A rugged coast, with small islands, great views and quiet beaches. Along the coast you find old towns with small cobbled streets. The people of Brittany are quite different from the rest of France.

In Brittany you will find spectacular nature, high cliffs and almost deserted beaches, old town with a colourful past, like Rennes, Dinan or Saint Malo, the old pirate's nest. The Morbihan is one of the most exciting parts of Brittany. The menhirs of Carnac should not be missed either.

Nantes is the biggest town in the region, located in the southern most part of Brittany. The city has along history; in present days it is the most important city of western France.

Both regions are extremely well suitable for a family vacation, but also cater those with a taste for excitement. Off the beaten track activities can be done in the hinterland, with great biking and hiking opportunities.

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