Normandy hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from music and arts to food and local traditions. Some notable festivals include the Festival Beauregard, a music festival held near Caen, featuring a diverse lineup of national and international artists.
The Festival of Normandy, which spans over two weeks, celebrates the region's cultural heritage with concerts, theatre performances, and art exhibitions. There are also numerous food festivals, like the Fête du Cidre (Cider Festival) and Fête du Fromage (Cheese Festival), where you can indulge in the delicious gastronomy of the region.
Every year on June 6th, Normandy commemorates the historic D-Day landings of World War II. The region is filled with events, ceremonies, and reenactments that pay tribute to the brave soldiers who fought during the liberation of France.
Every September, the elegant seaside town of Deauville hosts the Deauville American Film Festival, one of France's most prestigious film events. It showcases a diverse selection of American films and attracts filmmakers, actors, and cinema enthusiasts from around the world. You’ll likely spot a celeb or two!
Normandy's gastronomy is a delightful reflection of its bountiful countryside, fertile orchards, and abundant coastal waters. Renowned for its culinary heritage, the region offers a tempting array of flavours that will captivate any food lover.
One of the standout stars of Normandy's cuisine is its world-famous cheese, Camembert. Creamy, rich, and aromatic, this soft cheese hails from the village of Camembert itself and is best enjoyed with a fresh baguette and a glass of Normandy cider.
Speaking of cider, Normandy takes great pride in its apple-based beverages, from the slightly sweet sparkling cider to the punchy apple brandy, Calvados - an absolute must-try.
Seafood enthusiasts will revel in Normandy's coastal offering, with dishes such as moules marinières (mussels in a white wine and shallot sauce) and sole meunière (sole fish cooked in butter and lemon). You'll also find delectable seafood platters featuring oysters, langoustines, and other shellfish, served with a zesty mignonette sauce.
Finish off a meal by indulging your sweet tooth with a slice of Tarte Tatin, a caramelized apple tart, or a serving of creamy Normandy ice cream.
Normandy's rich history comes alive at the D-Day beaches - Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword - where you can visit the vast and beautifully sombre American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and the insightful museums in the area that depict the pivotal events that unfolded on these hallowed shores during the Second World War.
Embark on a breathtaking coastal drive along the "Route des Caps," a scenic road that winds its way through the stunning landscapes of the Cotentin Peninsula. Admire the rugged cliffs, charming fishing villages, and panoramic views of the English Channel.
Visit Giverny, the former residence of renowned artist Claude Monet. Explore the exquisite gardens that inspired some of his most famous works, including the iconic water lily paintings. And, don't miss the opportunity to visit the charming town of Bayeux, home to the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting the events of the Norman Conquest.