The Normandy region is one of the most beautiful places to visit in France and the world at large.  It boasts of a rainy and rugged coastline and awesome landscapes which have been the focus of most paintings by artists since the era of the Impressionists. 

Apple orchards, cliff-edged beaches, part wooded houses and wooded glen are part of the side attractions of the Normandy’s picturesque villages that have managed to maintain their rustic charm despite all the modernization around. Here are 8 villages in the Normandy region that are worth visiting.

1. Étretat, Étretat, France -

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This village is blessed with an amazing sea view that has graced many postcards. Alabaster-white cliffs (including the famous Aval Cliff) and a rocky beach stretch off into the distance. Monet, Boudin and Courbet are a few of the Impressionists who were drawn to the natural splendours and sought to immortalize it in their art.

The town itself is just as charming with its unique mix of semi-wooded houses, fisherman’s cottages and grand belle époque houses. A small chapel named the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde graces the top of the cliffs giving a great view of this large charming town.

Address:Étretat, France
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89tretat

2. Honfleur, Honfleur, France -

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Honfleur boasts of a port that is perfectly lined with an assortment of creamy and colourful buildings. Seafood restaurants, cafes, museums, wooded houses and antique shops add to an allure that has made Honfleur the favourite haunting spot of tourists.

Address:Honfleur, France
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honfleur

3. Bayeux, Bayeux, France -

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Situated on the Aure river which is some odd kilometres from the Channel coast, Bayeux has a love affair with Charles de Gaulle that time has not eroded yet. You will find famous pictures of him walking the streets after returning to France from London.

You will also walk on cobbled streets while feeding your eyes on sights like the Norman-Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame and the famed 68-meter Tapisserie de Bayeux, an 11th-century tapestry depicting the 1066 Norman invasion of England. Half-wooden houses, great restaurants and antique shops will further add to its splendour.

Address:14400 Bayeux, France
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux

4. Beuvron-en-Auge, Beuvron-en-Auge, France -

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Like other Norman villages, the Beuvron-en-Auge village is dotted with colourful 17th and 18th-century part-wooded houses. It is home to many great masterful cider producers who are more than willing to impart the cider-making traditions.

The village hosts a cider festival called the “Fête du Cidre” which takes place in November. Beauvron-en-Auge is also a great place with beautiful mansions, castles, great cheese and world-famous cider.

Address:14430 Beuvron-en-Auge, France
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beuvron-en-Auge

5. Lyons-la-Foret, Lyons-la-Forêt, France -

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Lyons-la-Forêt is burrowed in the forest of Lyons which is filled with century-old beech groves. It features a trail which runs beside the Lieure River that passes through the village. 17th Century semi-timbered houses enclose its ancient covered market with facades that are made from pink bricks. Its scenic splendour once attracted artists and filmmakers and is still attracting tourists to this day.

Address:27480 Lyons-la-Forêt, France
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyons-la-Foret

6. Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei, Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, France -

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The Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei lies at the heart of the Mancelles Alps and is enclosed by lush forests and the Sarthe river. Its historic centre is graced by an 11th-century Romanesque church that is donned by 12th-century frescoes. There are also several honey-stoned buildings with stone tile roofs and the tiny Chapelle du Petit-Saint-Cénéri which houses a stone where the Saint Cénéri is believed to have meditated and prayed on.

Address:61250 Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, France
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei

7. Les Andelys, Les Andelys, France -

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Les Andelys is home to rolling green hills and white stone cliffs that are very close to the Seine River. One other sight to behold is a 12th-century castle named Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard which is located at a rocky bluff. It also offers great views from the banks of the River; a striking Gothic church called the Notre-Dame des Andelys and several garden-terrace restaurants along the Seine River.

Address:27700 Les Andelys, France
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Andelys

8. Giverny, Giverny, France -

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Known for its picturesque cottages, gardens galore, and a plethora of vibrant yet natural colours, Giverny is home to one of the greatest Impressionist artists, Monet, the Claude Monet Foundation. Cafés, restaurants and small art galleries that line its narrow streets. Giverny has a lot of historic churches, houses and gates that add to its beauty.

Address:Giverny, France
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giverny

If you are in the Normandy region, and want to enjoy a memorable experience, then visiting any of the regions listed above should be a top point of call. Download our FREE APP Local Traveller or visit our website!