The Best Hotels in Lower-Normandy

Lower-Normandy Hotels

Boutique hotels in charming half-timbered villas, luxurious accommodation in old mansions or magnificent city palaces from the Belle Époque, beach hotels and wellness temples - the choice of hotels in Lower Normandy is diverse. In addition, dreamy castles, Gothic cathedrals and sights such as the fascinating village of Le Mont-Saint-Michel make a trip to France unforgettable for nature and culture lovers. A spectacular natural phenomenon can be experienced on the family-friendly coasts, where the sea level varies by up to 14m as the tides change. Inland, idyllic gardens and parks impress. Blossoming apple orchards, grazing cows and galloping horses set delightful accents in the Norman fairytale landscape. Place names such as Calvados or Camembert refer to culinary highlights. Thus a stay in the hotels of Basse-Normandie also becomes a feast for the palate.

The Lower Normandy for nature lovers, historians and romantics

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On the Norman coast, the enormous tidal range determines the excursion program. In many places, the sea recedes so far at low tide that huge tidal flats open, inviting you to unique hikes. Destinations are for example the island Île de Tatihou with its old fortress or the monastery mountain Mont-Saint-Michel. Those who prefer to walk on solid ground will find a variety of coastal paths on the Cotentin peninsula. In addition to the blue shimmering sea, dark granite rocks and light-coloured sandy areas dominate the view. The dune landscape of Biville is ideal for horseback riding. The Îles de Chausey are an impressive area for a boat trip. At low tide, the number of horses increases from 52 to around 300. Beach lovers will find extensive stretches of coastline along flowering gardens on the Côte Fleurie. Sophisticated coastal towns such as Trouville or Deauville with their nostalgic villas, picturesque bathhouses and wooden piers provide a noble backdrop for a stay on the beach. The beaches of the Côte de Nacre are important as a turning point in world history. They cast a spell over all those who want to find out about the landing of the Allies in Normandy. Coastal stretches with names such as Gold Beach, Sword Beach or Omaha Beach recall D-Day 1944, while memorials such as the Mémorial de Caen and the military cemeteries of Colleville-sur-Mer or La Cambe give an insight into the events and their consequences.

Norman superlatives: the most beautiful sights

© La Chaumière One of the most important cultural treasures of Normandy is the tapestry of Bayeux. Its attraction, a 68m long and only 50cm wide tapestry from the 12th century, depicts in numerous episodes the victory over England by William the Conqueror. His grave is in Caen, in the church Saint-Étienne. With its articulated double-tower façade, the Gothic basilica is one of the most imposing religious buildings in Normandy. The university town, which has a comparatively large number of young inhabitants, is considered the busiest town in Normandy. Its Musée des Beaux-Arts, which presents works from the 16th century to the modern age, is of national importance. One of the most picturesque villages in the country is the historic Barfleur. William the Conqueror and Richard the Lionheart once set sail from its harbour. Artists like Paul Signac captured the enchanting fishing village in their pictures. Still today, the unique atmosphere of the place bewitches the viewer, for example when the boats in the harbour are rocking in the soft waves. The medieval harbour of Honfleur is considered as one of the most popular motives for photography in Normandy. It is framed by narrow, high houses whose facades conjure pastel-coloured reflections into the water. In the Orne region, the land of castles and horses, the Haras National du Pin stud farm captivates. Once founded by the 1st minister of the Sun King Louis IV, this magnificent building with its representative brick-red stables is also known as the ""Versailles of horses"".

The Basse-Normandie for gourmets

Normandy is famous for its cider, which is made from the fruits of the apple country Pays d'Auge. The sparkling wine is drunk as a light alcoholic drink, its taste ranging from tart to sweet. Stored and distilled in oak barrels for years, the fruit wine becomes a noble Calvados. The high-percentage drop is named after its eponymous region of origin. There, the alcoholic apple juices are an essential ingredient in every kitchen. Fish lovers are recommended to try sole steamed in cider. Mussels are enjoyed with apple vinegar and shallots. Centre of the Norman oyster production are the areas around Mont-Saint-Michel or Cherbourg. Besides the exquisite seafood, variations of wild mussels are among the culinary highlights of the Manche region. On the Cotentin peninsula, you will find the unique ""Blondes de Barfleur"" listed in the speciality menus. In the coastal hinterlands, heartier dishes dominate the menus. Boudin noir - black pudding in an apple bed - or tripes à la mode de Caen - tripe in Calvados cider - can be found on the speciality menus. For dessert, besides apple pies, lukewarm Chausson aux Pommes - puff pastry with apple compote - or Trou Normand - Calvados with apple sorbet - are served. The Norman meal finds an enjoyable finale with a cheese platter. With the famous Camembert, the reddish Pont-l’Évêque and the Livarot, which is also called ""Colonel"" because of its stripes, three of the French top varieties come from Basse-Normandie.

Time for holidays in Lower Normandy

Lower Normandy owes its mild climate to the Gulf Stream, which never lets air temperatures drop below freezing point. Rainy winters and moderately warm summers determine the Norman annual cycle. Sunshine and cloud cover can change within a few moments. The best time to travel depends on the planned holiday programme. Excursions to rural areas of Lower Normandy can be made from spring to late autumn. When nature sprouts and the first apple trees blossom at average temperatures of 14°C from April onwards, the Calvados region promises Norman impressions in pastel. In May and June, the gardens and parks shine in their full-bloom splendour. A rush of colour overwhelms during autumnal walks in the Norman deciduous forests. Along the coasts there is high spirits in July and August with average maximum temperatures of about 24°C. The sea is a tempting place to cool off with water temperatures of around 20°C, and the hotels in Lower Normandy are in high season. The region is also well frequented on public holidays, such as the French national holiday on July 14th or the weekend of Whitsun.

Arrival in Lower Normandy

The Norman airports Rouen, Caen or Le Havre are only accessible from the German-speaking countries via Lyon or Paris. Traveling by train also requires a change in Paris. If you travel to Lower Normandy with your own car, you will be travelling on a well-developed network of motorways and national roads.

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