Orne is the home to Camembert cheese

Orne (61)

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OrneOrne is a department in the northwest of France, named after the river Orne. It is in the region of Basse-Normandie neighbouring Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Sarthe, Mayenne and Calvados. It is the only department of Normandy without a coast. The river Orne runs through a rugged landscape that resembles the Alps, hence this area is known as “Suisse Normandie.”

The department of Orne has its own local dialect, known as Augeron. Alençon is the main town of Orne and the village of Camembert in Orne is home to the cheese with the same name.


Alençon Castle, Orne, Basse Normandie Alencon

Prefecture - Alençon

Places of Interest:

Carrouges - historic town and château
Alençon - busy town with a fine arts and lace museum
Argentan - historic town with castle and museum

Weather in Lower Normandy


Travelling to Orne



Nearest Ferry Port:

French Terminal Caen Le Havre Cherbourg Dieppe St Malo Calais Roscoff Dunkerque
Approx. journey time to Alençon 1hr 15min 1hr 55min 2hr 30min 2hr 20min 2hr 50min 3hr 40min 4hr 4hr

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Nearest Airports:

Airport Angers Tours Rennes Cherbourg Dinard
Approx. journey time to Alençon 1hr 20min 1hr 30min 2hr 2hr 30min 2hr 45min



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TGV Stations in Lower Normandy:

Laval, Le Mans

Non TGV Stations:

Caen, Cherbourg, Lisieux