Lower Normandy

Departments:  Calvados, Manche, Orne

Lower NormandyOn the northern coast of France, Lower Normandy has around 600km of coastline, with towering cliffs, pebbly coves and long sandy beaches. With its major cross-channel ports, this region has long been popular with British holiday-makers and second-home owners alike, but it is also a much-loved destination with day-tripping Parisiens. The Cherbourg peninsula is synonymous with family holidays, with its glamorous resort towns of Deauville, Trouville, and Cabourg. Nearby picturesque Honfleur, one of the closest seaside towns to Paris, really draws the crowds in summer.

Along the coast of the Calvados department are the D-day beaches where the allied invasions took place on June 6, 1944. Many of the beaches are still deeply pitted by German bunkers and shell holes. All the coastal towns here have a war museum, although many visitors simply come to enjoy the sand and wonderful seafood.

Inland the region is sparsely populated and very rural, a fertile land of lush pastures and orchards, surrounding small villages of half-timbered houses. Lower Normandy is known for its cider, apple liqueur and dairy production, although many small farms have been driven out of business by EU quotas and regulations. Some areas in the region are wooded and hilly, perfect for walkers and ramblers, including the Forêt d'Ecouves, a lovely area of oak and beech woods, populated by deer, wild boar and wild mushrooms.

The climate here is similar to the southern UK, with relatively mild winters and warm summers, both with a fair amount of rain.

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