Whether you choose to visit the D-DAY landing beaches or relax at the marshlands of Cotentin and Bessin; Whether you play golf or a water sport, whether you’re into architecture or culture, here’s a selection of the major tourist destinations and entertainment available near the castle.
30 minutes away :
Caen Mémorial, in the footsteps of William the Conqueror.
Saint Lô, the national stud.
Ouistréham, Ferries to England.
1 hour away :
Mont Saint Michel discovery.
the faous “planches de Deauville”, Hotel Normandy, the casino.
Honfleur, its rich historical and artistic heritage.
Cabourg, the “Belle Epoque” resort.
Cherbourg, the “city of the sea”.
Bayeux is, without a doubt, one of the most important places of Bessin in terms of leisure, visits and culture. It’s nearly 1,000 years since the Bayeux Tapestry, a huge woolen embroidery, has made the small town of Bessin renown.
The city does not boil down to its masterpiece : spared from the bombings of 1944, Bayeux displays an exceptional architectural heritage where craftsmanship skills have been able to express themselves with talent. The ancient capital of the “Bajocasses”, people of Gaul, can be proud of its embroidery, lace and porcelain.
Provisional capital of France during the summer of 1944 and with a rich past, the city exudes majesty while remaining modest. Small streets and mansions here seem to have abandonned all the superfluous pomp to preserve the calm and tranquility of those who take the time to linger.
Nicknamed the “Romantic”, Cabourg is one of those seaside resorts born in the golden age and has kept all its charms. The architecture of the early 20th century is omnipresent and perfectly preserved. The new seaside resort of Cabourg was born at the beginning of the 1860s. It was at the time a modern city that wants to attract rich Parisians, with a terrace along the sea, an important flowering, a casino and a shopping avenue. The city will be modernized again around 1907 with the construction of the Grand Hotel and the casino by the sea.
Located between two hills, on the left bank of the mouth of the Seine, Honfleur is nestled in a “green case”, as Henri de Regnier wrote. Spared by the destruction of the Second World War, the old city, with its prestigious historical past, still retains all its charm. To visit Honfleur is to dive into history, to travel back in time, in the middle of an exceptional preserved environment. The alleys, the facades with historical charm guide you in the heart of a special atmosphere. The city is called “timeless”.
With its casino, its racetracks, its port, its marina, its convention center, its villas, its hotels and its discotheques; Deauville is one of the most famous resorts on the Côte Fleurie. This seaside resort of international renown has retained the charm of a resort town and remains a symbol of elegance and the art of living. Rich in a multitude of events and leisure, no one remains insensitive to its charm. The key word : to each season its pleasures.
LE MONT SAINT MICHEL
“Wonder of the West”, Mont-Saint-Michel stands in the heart of a huge bay invaded by the biggest tides of Europe. Inscribed on the “World Heritage” by Unesco in 1979, this tourist site today receives nearly 3.5 million visitors a year, pilgrims or simple tourists.
Mémorial Museum of Caen : Esplanade Général Eisenhower – 14050 Caen – Tél. : 02 31 06 06 45 ( website )
Company recommended by veterans and several American embassies in Europe.
Our team of enthusiasts will take you to the D-Day landings and discover the lives of Allied soldiers off the beaten path. Our knowledge and professionalism are enhanced by the help of maps and photos that will take you back in time.
It is, in Normandy, the only golf to offer you two 18-hole courses: Omaha Beach. At 5 kilometers from the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, Pointe du Hoc and Arromanches, Omaha Beach is also a place of history that expresses respect and emotion. Two exceptional courses, one that goes to the sea with panoramic views of the channel before entering the hinterland and its hedgerows, the second that plunges on the Manor of Baron Gerard before facing the ponds …
Omaha Beach Golf Ferme St Sauveur
14520 Port en Bessin
Tel. : 02.31.22.12.12.
NAUTIC BASE EOLIA
Established in OMAHA BEACH since 1997, EOLIA Normandie is a sports and leisure base open to all. You can practice sand yachting, catamaran sailing, sea kayaking, stand up paddling, kite flying. You are also offered physical activities such as the practice of the “longe-côte”, Nordic walking, trail runing, hiking, mountain biking …
Omaha Beach – 14710 Colleville sur Mer
Tel: 02.31.22.26.21 – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ELEMENTAIR SCHOOL – BASSE NORMANDIE
Paragliding is a great aircraft. If it looks like a parachute, the comparison stops there: It really allows to fly in the sandstone descent. It’s magic (or almost)! We implement different ways to present you this activity (tandem flight discovery / flight tandem XL pilot / “Discovery” weekend)
Indulge in walk fishing during the summer on the Normandy coast !
If you have never tried, try this experience by taking some precautions for your safety, but also to preserve this fragile environment. All those who have had the opportunity to nibble under a pebble and discover, with shining eyes, pretty strands of bouquet that are struggling know how precious these moments of such simple happiness are. A practice in family, in small groups but never alone, it offers the possibility of discovering a particularly surprising landscape of the Normandy coasts, the foreshore, this narrow band of territory included between the level of the highest sea and that of the lowest . Check the tides schedules
Hiking in Basse-Normandie it’s…
… At the same time a seaboard with varied coasts but also a verdant grove concealing a built, cultural and historical, exceptional heritage. An exceptional network of footpaths irrigate this region. Indeed, Basse Normandie is : 10 000 km of PR, 7000 km of GR and 8000 km of GRP which cross sometimes the beaches of fine sand of the coast of the Islands or the D-Day Landing beaches, sometimes steep cliffs of La Hague, sometimes the hilly landscapes of Boccage in Pays d’Auge and Orne, sometimes the market gardening landscapes of the Val de Saire and the west coast or the marshes of Cotentin and Bessin … So many possibilities offered to you according to your desires : long or short hikes, a few hours with the PR to several days with the GR and GRP, on ground with little difference in altitude or on the contrary more accentuated. To give just a few examples … the famous GR223 which runs along the coast of the Channel, taking most of the time the customs footpath … or again … the GR22 linking Paris to Mont Saint Michel and crossing the 3 departments. Check the map and the list of all hiking trails in Calvados
NATURAL – COTENTIN & BESSIN MARSHES
It is above all a territory punctuated by the agricultural activities that take place there. It is a mosaic of channels and meadows that have created a special ecosystem both coastal and hedgerow. This diversity of environments explains the particular richness of the fauna and flora that you will be able to observe thanks to the facilities set up by the Parc.With the first days of spring, marshes become the reserved area of thousands of animals. But before these immense meadows are delivered to them, men and animals will gather in the communes of the Park for the ritual of putting in the marsh. To see and to do :
Discovery Area les Ponts d’Ouve.
The Baie des Veys.
The local architecture.
In the heart of a 2130-hectares forest massif, the team of the Maison de la Forêt welcomes you : exhibition about the professions of the forest and woods, outdoor courses about the history of Cerisy forest, wildlife and flora, visits of villages, children workshops, outings in nature … Maison de la Forêt
Tel. : 02 31 51 96 56