The coastline of northern France, known as Haute Normandie until 2015, includes white-chalk cliffs and WWII beachheads and is one of the most historical regions of the country. Visit the seaside resort of Deauville on the Côte Fleurie with its Belle Époque villas and half timbered buildings. Visit historic Rouen, the capital of Normandy. Explore the 500 years of medieval Normandy starting in Mont Saint Michel, on the border of Brittany. See the Bayeux Tapestry, the ruins of the Jumièges Abbey, the Château-Gaillard and the medieval village of Domfront. Enjoy the medieval fairs in the land of William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart and Joan of Arc.
Exploring the Alabaster Coast
The Alabaster Coast extends for 45 kms between Le Havre and Fécamp and is perfect for exploring by car, or on a more leisurely pace by bicycle or walking the GR21; visiting the unspoiled villages that you might otherwise miss.
A must stop on any visit to Normandy are the famous gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet in the village of Giverny, where Monet lived and painted for 43 years.
Impressive in their scale and setting in a beautiful mender on the River Seine. The original abbey was founded in 654 AD, and was the most powerful, charitable and renowned religious establish in France. Nearby in Villequier you’ll find the Victor Hugo Museum and the 12-th century Abbey of Saint-Georges-de-Boscherville, built in Norman romanesque style.
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