Spring in Normandy

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When the cold weather starts to feel like it is never ending, what better way to brush off the winter blues and lethargy then by enjoying the great outdoors in France’s beautiful Normandy. You are literally spoilt for choice with all the spring time attractions in the coastal region.

2019 is definitely the year to visit this gorgeous part of France.

CNN, Frommer’s, Lonely Planet and Airbnb have all listed Normandy as one of the world’s top destinations and this is for quite a number of exciting reasons.

June marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the almighty Battle of Normandy. You will find camp re-enactments and military parades set up in honour of this special historical date. Spring is probably the best time to visit and enjoy the D-Day beaches either on foot or by horseback. Normandy’s outstanding coastline is made up of extensive stretches of golden sand, pebble coves, sand dunes, protective bays and striking cliffs. There are many opportunities presented to you to take in that breath-taking sea air.

Inland there is the chance to explore the stimulating city of Rouen via the river Seine. In June this year Rouen will be celebrating the Armada Festival and its 30th anniversary. It is one of the largest free admission maritime events in the world with over 10 million visitors expected. So visit Rouen before all the festival crowds do.

This spring after renovations the family friendly museum La Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg opens its epic new ‘ocean of the future‘ exhibition. Visitors can embark on an amazing journey. You can learn all about the deep sea through incredible multimedia spaces. You can also view 16 impressive aquariums housing stunning sea creatures from colourful exotic fish to beautiful species from the channel.

Spring is the perfect time to discover or re-visit some of Normandy’s prettiest villages. There are six Norman villages which have been awarded the impressive Plus Beaux Villages de France label. The fishing port of Barfleur in Manche has been one of the villages to have been approved the award with its granite houses and quays. Legend has it that built here was the boat which carried William, the Duke of Normandy. Inland you don’t get villages much prettier than Beuvron-en Auge, in Calvados. Quintessentially Norman with quaint cafes, timber framed houses, a relaxed atmosphere and a plentily arrangement of brocantes and antique dealers.

Completely fall in love this spring with Normandy’s parks and gardens, such as Bois des Moutiers in Varengeville- sur-Mer, which featured in Wim Wenders latest film Submergence. English architect Sir Edwards Lutyens planned these outstanding gardens, alongside English landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll.

Of course, we can’t discuss gardens without speaking of Monet’s gardens in Giverny. The ponds of waterlilies created by the father of Impressionism gave him his most artistic inspiration. Generous donations have meant that the flower gardens and Japanese inspired water gardens have both been restored beautifully and remained so picturesque.

If food and drink is more your thing there are several big festivals taking place in Normandy in May this year. Les Rencontres de Cambremer on the 4th to 5th May celebrates Normandy’s AOC products in Cambremer.

Also, there is the La Fete du Fromage which is taking place from the 10th to the 12th of May in Pont- l’ Eveque. Saviour the regions world famous specialities and meet the talented artisans on the frontline of production.

Wherever you plan to visit this spring time make sure Normandy is top of your list. Enjoy the tranquillity and calm before the summer takes hold.

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