From our hotel in Bayeux
Whether you love nature or just simple pleasures, Normandy offers a preserved landscape whose beauty is as varied as it is exceptional. Land and sea go hand in hand; inspiring artists with their wonderful colours, you can see this for your self and be amazed.
Take the Côte du Bessin, for example, with its town of Port-en-Bessin, just a few minutes north of Bayeux. An authentic fishing port, this small settlement has adapted to historical changes, from military bastion to maritime settlement, from fishing port to commercial harbour. Today, you can cross the countryside along its many paths and even hit a few rounds on the 36-hole course of Omaha Beach Golf Club, which straddles the cliffs and gives you an exceptional view of the Channel or the hinterland of Normandy.
The Côte Fleurie (1 hour from the hotel) recalls the historic trend of seaside resorts in the 19th century. It gets its name from the many gardens that blossom around the bourgeois house built on the coast from Honfleur to Merville-Franceville. In Deauville, you’ll discover the unforgettable wooden boardwalk, which many Hollywood stars tread during the town’s celebrated film festival. In Honfleur, you can buy a reproduction of a work by landscape artist Boudin or many other Impressionists charmed by the port and its light. In Houlgate, discover the typical Belle Époque villas that make up the seaside architecture of Normandy. Then in Cabourg, discover the perfect setting for reading (or re-reading) Marcel Proust’s seminal novel “In Search of Lost Time” - the town of Balbec in the novel is based on Cabourg. And if you head inland, you can enjoy the bocages and the vast prairies. These fine spaces are the grazing land for some of the finest horses in the world.
On the other side of Normandy lies Mont Saint-Michel. Also known as the “Merveille de l’Occident” (Wonder of the West), it offers an incredible experience at the heart of a bay exposed to powerful tides. A shuttle can be booked to Mont Saint-Michel.