Normandy Press Pack 2013 - France

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Normandy Press Pack 2013 - France

Normandy

Press Pack 2013

Edouard Valere

Deputy Manager

e.valere@normandie-tourisme.fr

www.normandy-tourism.org


Normandy – So easy to reach

Traveling to Normandy

By car from Paris

Giverny: 60 min

Rouen: 1h30

Deauville: 2h

Le Havre: 2h

Caen: 2h20

Colleville-sur-Mer (Omaha Beach): 3h

Cherbourg: 3h30

Mont-Saint-Michel: 3h30

By plane

The closest international airports are :

Paris - Roissy Charles de Gaulle

Paris Orly

Deauvillle - direct flights from London City

By train from Paris

From Saint-Lazare Station:

Service to Rouen, Le Havre, Dieppe, Fecamp, Evreux, Bernay, Lisieux,

Deauville, Caen, Bayeux, Cherbourg

From the Montparnasse Station:

Service to Alencon, Bagnoles de l’Orne, Argentan, Granville. Le-Mont-Saint-

Michel (TGV high-speed train via Rennes)

Guernsey

Brest

Alderney

(U. K.)

Jersey

(U. K.)

1

2

3

London Stansted

Leeds Bradford

East Midlands 4

Guernsey

5

Dinard

Pleurtuit

Portugal

Spain

Cap

de la Hague

Ireland

Nez

de Jobourg

I s l a

Saint-

Malo

United

Kingdom

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Normandy

France

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Rosslare

Le Mêlesur-Sarthe

Beaumont-

Hague

Dielette

Les Pieux

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Poole

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Portsmouth

n t i

B r itt any

Netherlands

Belgium

Luxembourg

Switzerland

Bricquebec

Saint-Pierre-

Église

Saint-Vaastla-Hougue

Quettehou

n

A 84

Sélune

C H A N N E L

Tatihou Island

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Pointe du Hoc

Grandcamp-

Maisy

Portbail Cotentin

Formigny

Isignysur-Mer

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N 13

La Hayedu-Puits

Trévières

and Bessin

Carentan

Wetlands

Lessay Natural Park

Pirou

Saint-Sauveur- Saint-L ô

Gouvillesur-Mer

Lendelin

Coutances

N 174 Torignisur-Vire

Agon-

Coutainville

Denmark

Germany

Italy

Austria

Mortagneau-Perche

Cherbourg-

Octeville

Distances

in kilometers

Pontorson

Fermanville

Valognes

Montebourg

Hambye

Mortain

Saint-Hilairedu-Harcouët

Saint-

James

Ducey

Barneville-

Carteret

Saint-Sauveurle-Vicomte

Sainte-Mère-

Église

Cerisyla-Salle

M A N CHE

Avranches

Alençon

Bayeux

Caen

Cherbourg

Deauville

Dieppe

Évreux

Le Havre

Sourdeval

Villedieules-Poêles

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Sassetotle-Mauconduit

Colleville-

Saint-Laurent

s i n

B o c a g e

N o r m a n d

Vire

Bayeux 127

Caen

97 29

Cherbourg 216 92 121

Deauville 120 69 42 161

Dieppe 206 189 162 284 117

Évreux 115 150 123 246 96 111

Le Havre 151 109 81 206 40 99 108

127 84 58 182 16 11 91 24

Lisieux

91 76 48 171 30 131 73 56 33

Mont-St-Michel 133 112 121 145 163 284 239 202 179 168

Rennes

Paris

191 248 221 344 192 168 96 196 185 171 319

Rouen

149 154 125 247 89 60 52 87 75 83 248 122

Saint-Lô 131 35 56 77 98 220 181 140 117 104 78 282 186 Laval

Lisieux

Mont-St-Michel

Paris

Rouen

Ger

Saint-

Fraimbault

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B o c a g e

O r n a i s

Roche

d’Oëtre

London City

Mother of Pearl Coas t

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N o r m a n d e

Orne

Normandy-Maine Natural Park

Mayenne

A 88

Saint-Cénerile-Gérei

Flower ed

Portsmouth

Coas t

P a y

Haras

du Pin

Signal

d’Écouves

L oire Val l e y

C D E

Dives

Le Mans

A 88

Sées

s d

A 28

A l b a s

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Touques

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Yport

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S E INE -MAR I TIM E

Sarthe

La Perrière

L’Aigle

Aube

Huisne

Perche

Bellême

Natural Park

Risle

Avre

Pourvillesur-Mer

Dieppe

Quibervillesur-Mer

Varengevillesur-Mer

Veulesles-Roses

Eure

F

Manchester

Edinburgh

Glasgow

Dublin

Knock

Le Bourg-

Dun

Iton

Tourvillesur-Arques

Cen t r e

Hautevillesur-Mer

Bréhal

Donvilleles-Bains

Chausey

Islands

Granville

Saint-Pair-sur-Mer

Jullouville La Lucerne

Carolles

Mont -

Sai nt-Michel Genêts

Bay

Le Mont-

Saint-Michel Courtils

Domfront

Bagnolesde-l’Orne

Le Tréport

Criel-sur-

Mer

P a y

s d

Blangysur-Bresle

A 28

Neufchâtelen-Bray

G

V a l l é e d e

A 29

A 29

A 151

Portsmouth

Yvetot

Clères

Forgesles-Eaux

Montivilliers

Bolbec

A 28

Eana Caudebecen-Caux

Rançon

Saint-Wandrille-

Le

Lillebonne

Lion-sur-Mer

Havre

A 29

A 131

Duclair

Seine Valley

Ry

La Feuillie

Luc-sur-Mer

Pont de

Jumièges

Langrune-sur-Mer

Port-

Villerville Normandie Natural Park

Saint-Martinde-Boscherville

ROUEN

Vascœuil

en-Bessin- Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

Huppain

Bernièressur-Mer

Riva-Bella

Deauville Normandie

la-Forêt

Ouistreham- Trouville-sur-Mer Deauville

Bourneville

Lyons-

Blonville-sur-Mer

Arromanchesles-Bains

Courseulles-

Villers-sur-Mer

A 132 Beuzeville

A 29

Pontsur-Mer

Houlgate

Pontl’Évêque

Audemer

Montfortsur-Risle

Bayeux

Colleville-

Cabourg

Merville-

Montgomery

Beaumonten-Auge

Cormeilles

Le Bec-

Elbeuf

Franceville A 13

Ranville

Saint-Georgesdu-Vièvre

Hellouin

Balleroy

CAEN

Beuvronen-Auge

Champ Louviers

Vironvay

Brionne

Troarn

de Bataille

Lisieux

Vieuxla-Romaine

Cambremer

Harcourt Le Neubourg

Villers-

Gaillon

Crèvecœuren-Auge

A 28

Bocage

Beaumontle-Roger

Giverny

A 13

Vernon

A 84 CALVADOS

Bernay

Saint-Pierresur-Dives

Pacy-

EURE Évreux

N 158

Orbec

sur-Eure

Thury-

Vendeuvre

Harcourt

Livarot

Broglie Beaumesnil

Le Bény-

Gisacum

Bocage

Conchesen-Ouche

Vimoutiers

A 154

Clécy

Falaise

Condé-sur-

Noireau

Athisde-l’Orne

Putanges-

Pont-Écrepin

ORNE

La Ferté-

Macé

Écouché

Carrouges

Solignyla-Trappe

Montormel-

Coudehard

Argentan

Gacé

Alençon

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Tourouvre

Longnyau-Perche

Verneuilsur-Avre

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N o r m a n d

Seine

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Nonancourt

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Calais

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Les Andelys

Château

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Gournayen-Bray

Key

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Gisors

Aumale

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F r a nce

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6

P icardy

Motorway or express way

Main road

Train track

Ferry link

County border

Town

For est

Airport

Ferry port

Amiens

Beauvais

Tillé

Roissy

CDG

Paris


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Contents

Traveling to Normandy

What is on in Normandy in 2013?

Impressionist Normandy

Food and Drink in Normandy

WorldWar II in Normandy

UNESCO Normandy

Medieval Normandy

Parks and Gardens in Normandy

Golf and Spa Breaks in Normandy

Equestrian Normandy

Sport and Adventure in Normandy

Press Contacts

Normandy Departmental Tourist Board Press Contacts

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Normandy Press Pack 2013

www.normandy-tourism.org


What is on in Normandy in 2013?

Here are the main events taking place in Normandy over the coming year.

Keep an eye out for others dotted around the rest of the press pack!

March

6 th -10 th Asian Film Festival

Deauville, Calvados

This cultural event celebrates the very best of Asian

cinema, welcoming devoted fans alongside some of

the industry’s well-known stars.

www.deauvilleasia.com

April to September

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27 April Normandie Impressionniste Festival

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29 Sept Throughout Normandy

Following its success in 2010, festival Normandie

Impressionniste returns for its second edition in 2013.

From April to September a series of diverse cultural

events will take place in celebration of this internationnally

renowned movement. Ranging from art and photography

exhibitions to firework displays and rivers cruises, the

festival's many events are sure to add to the already

rich cultural experience on offer throughout the region.

www.normandie-impressionniste.eu

May

4 th -11 th Jazz under the Apple Trees Music Festival

Coutances, Manche

Head to the medieval town of Coutances for "Jazz Sous

les Pommiers" - a festival with big names in intimate

venues. Some of this year's confirmed artists include

John Surnam and Madeleine Peyroux. Visitors are

guaranteed an unforgettable atmosphere with music spilling

out into the surrounding streets and cafés. Full programme

unveiled in March at

www.jazzsouslespommiers.com

June

69 th Anniversary D-Day Commemorations

Across Normandy

Join locals and veterans as they mark the 69th

anniversary of the 1944 Allied Landings with

ceremonies and other commemorative events.

Normandy’s D-Day commemorations will be held on

beaches, at memorials and in towns throughout the

region.

www.bessin-normandie.com

6 th -16 th

July

10 th

Armada

Rouen, Seine-Maritime

An array of the world's most impressive ships will once

again descend upon the city of Rouen for the 6 edition of

this popular festival. Amongst ths ships will be the exceptional

Russian "Kruzenstern" which, at 114m long, is the largest

operational sailing boat in the world.

Visitors will have the opportunity to get close to the vessels

and even take on board tours of somme of them before

they sail as a fleet back along the Seine to the sea.

www.armada.org/en

Tour de France

Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Manche

Having welcomed the

Tour in both 2011 and

2012, this year

Normandy plays host

to one of the time trial

stages. Riders will race

against the clock along a

52 mile route that sees them

set out from Avranches and

cross the finish line against the

magnificent backdrop of the Mont-Saint-Michel.

www.letour.fr/2013

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www.normandy-tourism.org


July to August

Rendez-vous à la Cathédrale

Bayeux, Calvados

Throughout the summer, Bayeux puts on a magical light

show to highlight its magnificent cathedral and its heritage.

This contemporary art installation offers a new outlook on

the historic monuments such as the 11th Century cathedral

with ultra modern techniques in video-projection.

The rendezvous take place at dusk on Tuesdays,

Thursdays and Saturdays around the cathedral and

in the courtyard of the Hôtel du Doyen.

www.bayeux-bessin-tourisme.com

October

th

7 - 14

th th

20 Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents

Bayeux, Calvados

In 1994, to coincide with the 50 anniversary of Bayeux

being the first town in France to be liberated during

World War II, the town launched a prize to honour

journalists and war correspondents that put themselves

at risk on the frontline to bring us coverage of conflicts

from around the world. After a week of exhibitions,

screenings and debates, the closing ceremony offers

the chance to reward some of the year’s best news reports.

www.prixbayeux.org

August

th

30 August American Film Festival

th

14 Sept Deauville, Calvados

Screening the best of the newest US film releases,

the Deauville American Film Festival attracts a mix

of occasional moviegoers and absolute film fanatics.

With a host of big name stars also in attendance,

the festival oozes glitz and glamour.

www.festival-deauville.com

What is on in Normandy in 2014?

70th D-Day Festival and Commemorations

The memory lives on... 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day

landings. This pivotal moment in world history will be commemorated

by local residents, veterans and their families on the beaches,

memorials and in towns throughout the region from 6th June

onwards.

www.normandy-dday.com

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

24th August - 7th September

In 2014, Normandy will host the 7th Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,

a two-week-long competition bringing together thousands of

horse lovers from all over the world. With its worldwide reputation of

excellence in horse breeding, Normandy is an obvious location for the

games. Caen, Deauville and the Mont-Saint-Michel plus the two

national stud farms in Saint-Lo and Le Haras du Pin will feature as the

key venues for the various equestrian disciplines.

www.jemfeialltech2014-normandie.fr/uk

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Impressionist Normandy

In the beginning, there was Le Havre... Daybreak, at the edge of the bay, Claude

Monet props up his canvas and starts to paint his “Impression: Sunrise”.

Suddenly, the movement has a name, an identity, and a ringleader...

When a group of 19th century painters took up their newly invented tubes of

paint and headed outdoors to paint the landscapes of Normandy, the results

were nothing short of scandalous.

With their sweeping brush strokes, blurred lines and pastel colours, the paintings of the Impressionists were scorned and

derided for flouting the traditional rules of the art world.

Nowadays, with Impressionist masters such as Pissarro, Manet and Monet

household names, such contempt is hard to believe. Truly an international

phenomenon, with visitors flocking to Normandy to admire the timeless

landscapes alongside the paintings they inspired, Impressionism is

guaranteed to create excitement wherever it is celebrated.

Normandie Impressionniste Festival

The painting of Le Havre that gave the

Impressionist movement its name –

‘Impression, soleil levant’, 1872, Claude Monet

In 2013, Impressionism will be celebrated on a grand scale in the place

where it all began... in Normandy! From April the 27th to September the 29th, the second Normandie Impressionniste Festival will add

to the already rich experience in the region. With over 600 events taking place across Normandy, Normandie Impressionniste looks set

to take the region by storm. Events will range from painting and contemporary art through to cinema, theatre, dance, photography and

literary events, as well as, nocturnal light shows, firework displays, Seine River cruises, Impressionist trails and even giant dejeuner sur

l’herbe picnics. Find out more on the festival and the program on www.normandie-impressionniste.eu

Press contact:

Ailleurs Exactement

Florence Clisson

florence.clisson@ailleurs-exactement.com

alley

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Impressionist Normandy

Impressionist highlights in Normandy

Rouen

Pissarro once claimed Rouen to be “as beautiful as Venice”.

He is not the city’s only admirer. Ideally located on the Seine

between Paris and the Normandy coast, Rouen’s heyday

was during the Impressionist period. Artists flocked to the

city, fascinated by the new industrial sites, the area’s natural

beauty and the plethora of unspoiled architectural gems.

The majestic cathedral would have its moment of glory when

Monet consecrated some 30 canvases to its facade, painted

at various times of day to capture the changes in luminosity.

Meanwhile, the Saint Sever district on the left bank, once the

heart of Rouen’s docklands, was immortalised by Camille 6

Pissarro in 1896. Both artists succumbed to the charms of

the half-timbered houses and narrow streets. The scene, as

they saw it, was destroyed during WWII but you can still visit

the rebuilt street which offers wonderful views of the

cathedral.

www.rouentourisme.com

Festival Normandie Impressionniste

Rouen Fine Arts Museum

29th April – 30th September

Eblouissants reflets

Paintings on display by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Caillebotte,

Signac, Cezanne and Van Gogh along with a collection of

photographs by Gustave Le Gray, Charles Marville, Peter

Henry Emerson, ...

www.rouen-musees.com

Cathedral Notre-Dame, Rouen

Rue du Gros Horloge, Rouen

Dating back to 1499, Rouen’s magnificent Hotel de Bourgtheroulde

mansion house is the first five star hotel of Rouen.

80 rooms and suites as well as a restaurant, brasserie,

swimming pool and spa.

www.hoteldebourgtheroulde.com

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Impressionist Normandy

Impressionist highlights in Normandy

Giverny

As the Vernon-Gasny train chugged across the tranquil

Norman countryside, a French artist and his partner Alice

noticed a delightful town from their spot at the window.

Charmed by the sight, the man later brought Alice here to

live and there they stayed for 43 years. The artist was of

course Claude Monet and the town was that of Giverny.

This quaint retreat on the Seine became Monet's home in

1883 and by 1887, the spot had transformed into something

of an artists’ colony. The area not only welcomed Monet,

but many fellow artists including Cezanne, Renoir, Sisley,

Pissarro and Matisse who visited and painted with him.

Monet’s famous water-lilies, painted in the garden he lovingly

created at his Giverny home, have long been synonymous

with the Impressionist movement. Visit Monet’s house and

gardens in Giverny to see for yourself the actual water-lilies

that inspired the great master.

The Seine Valley

The Impressionists found the river

Seine and its banks to be a

never-ending source of

inspiration. The interaction

between light and water

was a recurring theme.

Armand Guillaumin, who

developed a landscape

style tinged with

romanticism, was just one

Impressionist who rose to the

challenge of painting the river’s

unique atmosphere.

The Alabaster Coast

This coastline of chalk cliffs and green pastures stretches

from Le Havre eastward along the coast to Fecamp. Special

mention goes to Etretat and its stunning cliff formations,

including the famous chalk needle. Monet interpreted many

of the scenes along this coast, leaving us a canvas trail to

follow, an invitation to explore it on our own.

www.fecamptourisme.com

www.etretat.net

Monet’s house and gardens, Giverny

Festival Normandie Impressionniste

Giverny Impressionisms Museum

29th March – 2nd July

Paul Signac, the Colours of Water

Some 120 paintings, watercolours and drawings

by Paul Signac

Cliffs at Fécamp

13th July – 31st October

Hiramitsu, the Lily Pond. Homage to Monet

Along with works by Monet, impressionism and Japanism

exhibited next to one another

www.mdig.com

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Impressionist Normandy

Impressionist highlights in Normandy

Le Havre

The Impressionists, attracted by the unique, ever-changing

light play in the estuary, attempted to capture its colours on

canvas. A chic 19th century seaside resort for Parisians, the

town was also the summer home of Monet who frequently

stayed, and worked, at his aunt’s house in Sainte-Adresse.

www.le-havre-tourism.com

Festival Normandie Impressionniste

Malraux Museum, Le Havre

27th April – 29th September

Pissarro and the Ports.

Rouen, Dieppe, Le Havre

Works by Camille Pissaro along with Eugène Boudin

and Maxime Maufra.

www.le-havre-tourism.com

Honfleur

A charming fishing port, Honfleur looks much as it did when

Monet was a frequent visitor. Forerunner of the Impressionist

movement, Honfleur-born Eugene Boudin was a strong

influence on Claude Monet, who once said “If I became a

painter, I owe it to Boudin”. Monet first met Boudin in Honfleur,

and would subsequently drag the whole band of renegade

artists – Courbet, Corot, Sisley, Pissarro and Renoir – to the

Saint Simeon farm. Don't miss the Eugène Boudin Museum.

Two areas are dedicated to Boudin’s works – 92 in all –

including pastels, oil paintings and drawings.

www.ot-honfleur.fr

Festival Normandie Impressionniste

Fine Arts Museum, Caen

27th April – 29th September

A Summer at the Water’s Edge! Leisure and Impressionism

Works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Cézanne, Seurat

and Maurice Denis, and also their foreign contemporaries,

such as Mary Cassatt, Joaquin Sorolla, Max Liebermann

and Peder Kroyer.

www.mba.caen.fr

The Floral Coast

Scenes of these trendy seaside resorts were painted by a

number of Impressionists, including the

Plage a Trouville by Eugene Boudin

(1893). Deauville’s sandy beach

dotted with brightly coloured

beach umbrellas, its whitewashed

bath houses and

traditional boardwalk

confer a timeless feel to

the familiar scene.

Monet also painted the

seaside resort of

Cabourg and its Grand

Hotel, reflecting the varying

moods of the sea and sky.

www.trouvillesurmer.org

www.deauville.org

www.cabourg.net

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Food and Drink in Normandy

Normandy is truly a food lover’s paradise. For visitors seeking that authentic culinary experience, there are plenty of local

specialities to get your teeth into.

Apples and Pears

Sweetening many a regional dish, Normandy’s

signature apples and pears also form the

basis of traditional local drinks such as

cider, Perry, Calvados and Pommeau.

The quality of several of these

beverages, including Calvados

and Cider from the Pays d’Auge,

Pommeau de Normandie

and Domfrontais, has been

recognised with the award

of the Appellation d’Origine

Controllé (AOC) label.

Why not take a tour of the many

Calvados distilleries and Cider farms

and taste the celebrated tipples for

yourself?

Route du Cidre

Pays d’Auge, Calvados

The Route du Cidre, in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, is a 40km

trail that takes in picturesque villages such as Beuvron-en-

Auge, imposing châteaux and manor houses, half-timbered

cottages and cellars packed with bottles, all dedicated to the

humble apple.

Around 20 producers open their cellars to the public and share

their production secrets with visitors, among them Philippe

Huet, who today runs the family business founded by his

grandfather in Cambremer and who is also president of the

Route du Cidre.

www.calvados-tourisme.com

http://routeducidre.free.fr

Pierre Huet Calvados

Cambremer, Calvados

Visitors to this family-run estate are welcome to take a tour of

the manor’s apple orchards and distillery where AOC-certified

calvados, pommeau and cider are produced. Guided tours are

available from Easter to September.

www.calvados-huet.com

Calvados Morin

Ivry La Bataille, Eure

Established in 1889 by Pierre Morin and today managed by the

Viry family, the Morin AOC Calvados is regularly awarded the

Concours Général Agricole de Paris, a prestigious food and

drink award. Guided tours of the distillery are available yearround

on Monday and Friday afternoons and on other days by

appointment.

www.calvadosmorin.com

Calvados Drouin

Coudray-Rabut, Calvados

Offering a unique range of rare Calvados vintages, blends,

cider, poiré and pommeau de Normandie, the third generation

is now hard at work to maintain the traditions that have enabled

the estate to become one of the 100 ‘sites of excellence in

taste’, selected by the Ministry of Culture. Open to visitors all

year round from Monday to Saturday.

www.calvados-drouin.com

Did you know?

Normandy is the only region in France which still

produces Perry (Poiré). This heady beverage is made in

the same way as cider but uses pears not apples.

Cheese and Dairy

Normandy produces four distinct AOC cheeses- Camembert,

Livarot, Pont l’Evêque and Neufchâtel. Many farms welcome

visitors to sniff out the history and processes of cheese making;

from milking the cow to fermentation and storing and finally the

wrapping and boxing of each celebrated cheese.

The Cheese: Camembert

Round in form, Camembert is a soft cheese with a floury rind

left to ripen for 35 days. The cheese was perfected in 1791 by

Marie Harel, a lady farmer from the town of Camembert, who

followed the advice of a priest (who was originally from Brie)

who was staying with her.

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Did you know?

Legend has it that during the 100 Years’ War young girls

offered the heart-shaped Neufchâtel cheeses to English

soldiers at New Year’s celebrations as a token of their

love!

The Cheese: Pont l’Evêque

Originally produced in the monasteries of the Pays d’Auge, the

first mention of its name, found in a book entitled ‘le roman

de la Rose’, dates back to 1230. The square Pont l’Evêque

cheeses have a soft ochre or golden-yellow rind and are left to

ripen for a month and a half.

The Visit: Ferme Président

Camembert, Orne

The Président Farm is located right in the heart of the village of

Camembert and is open to visitors. Learn the secrets of how

the cheese is made and how it has become one of the most

famous cheeses in the world.

www.fermepresident.com

The Cheese: Livarot

The most popular cheese in Normandy, Livarot most certainly

began life at the end of the Middle Ages, taking its name from a

small village south of Lisieux. With its distinctive orange rind and

strong smell, it requires at least 3 weeks of ripening to obtain its

unmistakable flavour.

The Visit: Graindorge Village Fromager

Livarot, Calvados

Established in 1910 by Eugène Graindorge, the dairy is still an

independent family business. Producing all two AOC cheeses,

the dairy welcomes visitors to take a free tour of the factory

and get an exclusive peek into the industrious production

workshops through specially-designed viewing galleries.

www.graindorge.fr

The Cheese: Neufchâtel

The most senior member of the Normandy cheese family,

heart-shaped Neufchâtel is almost a thousand years old with

traces of its existence dating back as far as 1035. Produced

only within a 30km radius of Neufchâtel-en-Bray in the Seine-

Maritime department, Neufchâtel is ready just ten days after it

has been made, giving it a mild, creamy taste.

The Visit: Fromagerie du Plessis

Lieury, Eure

Tucked away in the Eure department, the Fromagerie du Plessis

has been making its speciality, the Pavé du Plessis, since 1949.

Literally translated as ‘cobblestone’ thanks to its solid, square

shape, a good pavé has a brushed rind and is soft and ripe.

The du Plessis farm is also one of the few cheese makers in

Normandy who still produce AOC Pont l’Evêque cheese using

traditional unpasteurised milk.

www.normandie-accueil.fr

Isigny Butter and Cream

The butter and cream of the Calvados town of Isigny-sur-Mer

also have the AOC status. Ideally situated near the sea and

criss-crossed by five rivers, it is renowned for its rich pastures,

giving the local milk and cream their distinct aroma and flavour.

Isigny butter, made from cream, is matured for at least 12 hours

and is well known for its natural buttercup colour and hazelnut

taste. The cream is best known as crème fraîche and is used

extensively in Norman cuisine.

Isigny Sainte Mère dairy cooperative

Isigny-sur-Mer, Calvados

In 1932, 42 dairy farmers joined forces to promote and defend

the good name of the Isigny land. By 1970 this number had

risen to nearly 800. Merging with the neighbouring Sainte-

Mère-Eglise cooperative, the Isigny-Sainte-Mère branch came

into being in 1979. Visitors can experience first-hand how mild

is turned into butter, cream and cheese and tours encourage

visitors to discover the area’s history and how the products

earned their AOC status, painting a picture of the land and the

men who shape it.

www.isigny-ste-mere.com

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Seafood

Normandy’s 600km of coastline host

some of France’s most important

fishing ports. From lobster and

scallops to herring and

shrimps, Normandy’s

cuisine is nirvana for

the seafood-lover!

Scallops

With the ports of Dieppe, Fécamp, Port-en-Bessin, Granville,

Grandcamp and Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue all famed for their

seafood, it is no surprise to hear that Normandy is the main

French region when it comes to scallops, counting for over half

of France’s total production.

Oysters

The oysters

produced on the

stretch of Cotentin

coastline from

Granville to Portbail

are known as ‘pleine

mer’ oysters thanks to

their distinctive Atlantic

flavour. The oysters here

benefit from the clear seas

and strong currents, making

them particularly fine. The oldest

oyster-producing area of Normandy is on the

east side of the Cotentin at Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. Oysters

from here are characterised by their plumpness and nutty taste.

Did you know?

21% of France’s oysters come from the coasts of

Normandy!

Don’t miss…

Auctioning the Catch

Port-en-Bessin, Calvados

This area still lives according to the rhythm of the tides

and the daily outings of its fishing fleet. Get up early and

witness the unloading of the catch at the daily fish auction

and see for yourself the huge variety of fish to be found

off the coast of this delightful little fishing port. Amongst

the cod, mackerel, monkfish and squid, the famed local

scallops take pride of place when the season begins in

October!

www.bessin-normandie.com

Don’t miss…

Oyster bed tours by horse and cart

Gouville-sur-Mer, Manche

Take a tour of the Gouville-sur-Mer oyster beds by horse

and cart with the Attelage des Grandes Marées.

http://ot.gouvillesurmer.free.fr

Don’t miss…

Low-tide fishing on foot

Agon-Coutainville

The miles of sand dunes and golden beaches along

Manche’s Atlantic coast provide the perfect backdrop

for fishing on foot. Cockles, clams and crabs can be

found in abundance in the great expanses of sand and

fascinating rock pools revealed by the low tide. The

luckiest fisherman may even bag themselves a lobster or

two! There are rules to be respected so make sure you’re

not doing anything you shouldn’t be by joining in with one

of the guided outings during the school holidays!

www.coutainville.com

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Out of the Ordinary

As well as its famous cheeses and apple-based tipple,

Normandy is also home to some more unusual and lesserknown

delicacies…

Cookery class with a twist

La Chaumière aux Orties, La Haye-de-Routot

Take a trip to the 17th Century Chaumière aux Orties (or Nettle

Thatched Cottage) nestled in this little countryside town where

wild plants and flowers are often top of the menu! Discover,

identify and gather local wild products such as dandelions,

nettles and ground ivy and supplement recipes with these

forgotten flavours. The cookery lessons, led by connoisseur

Michèle Lesage, aim to bring plants back to people’s palates.

These activities and other related events take place on Sundays

between March and September.

http://web.mac.com/lahayederoutot

Perfect Parachutes

Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Manche

Plunge a delicious parachute-shaped shortbread biscuit into

your tea, or turn to a Petit-Para, a soft almond flavoured

parachute cake, for an afternoon treat. The biscuit factory at

Sainte-Mère-Eglise has dedicated these products to the D-Day

landings, when thousands of paratroopers landed around the

town, the first to be liberated by American troops in June 1944.

www.biscuit-sainte-mere-eglise.com

Scrummy Sausages

Andouille, Vire

In the meadows of the Vire valley, the local talent for rearing

cattle and pigs gave rise to traditional produce such as tripe,

smoked ham and the special ‘Andouille de Vire’ (smoked pork

sausage made from chitterlings). The festival ‘Andouille de Vire’

is held annually on 1st November.

www.bocage-normand.com

A mysterious elixir

Fécamp, Seine-Maritime

To uncover the history of Bénédictine, we must travel back in

time to the Renaissance period when a Benedictine monk from

Fécamp Abbey, created a mysterious elixir. Produced by monks

until the 18th Century, the secret of the drink was lost during

the conflicts of the centuries that followed. The recipe was not

rediscovered until 1863 when a merchant, named Alexander

the Great, was inspired to recreate the strange liqueur now

known as Bénédictine. www.benedictine.fr/anglais

Don’t miss…

Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp

Following the success of Bénédictine, in 1882, Alexander

the Great had the grand Benedictine Palace built to

house the distillery where the mysterious liqueur is still

produced to this day. Visit the palace to discover the

extensive art collections and take a sensory journey

through the world of the 27 Bénédictine plants and

spices.

Chocolate with a twist

Ferme Le Valaine, Etretat

Close to the famous hills at

Etretat, the Le Valaine farm

specialises in products

made from goat’s milk,

including cheese,

ice-cream and even

chocolate! Agnès and

Bernard Dherbecourt

have been raising their

herd of sixty goats

since 1981 and began

making their popular

cheese in 1998. Now the

most sought-after product

from the farm, the chocolate,

comes in eight different flavours:

original, orange, lemon, almond,

coffee, hazelnut, Bénédictine and

Calvados. Le Valaine’s slogan says it all: ‘Tu

craques, Tu Croques, Tu Fonds!’ – Try It, Taste it, Love it!

www.levalaine.com

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Food Festivals in Normandy

There is nothing like visiting Normandy for yourself to really get a flavour for the fantastic gastronomic heritage and what better

time to do so than during one of the region’s food festivals? Here is just a selection of the main food events taking place over

the coming months.

4 th - 5 th May

Aux Rencontres de Cambremer

Cambremer, Calvados

This festival celebrates the exceptional local produce

that has been awarded the prestigious AOC status.

Highlights include markets, workshops, tasting

sessions and cookery demonstrations.

www.lesrencontresdecambremer.fr

27 th -28 th July

Fête de la Mer et du Maquereau

Trouville-sur-Mer, Calvados

Annual festival dedicated to the town’s

thriving fishing industry. The

atmosphere is guaranteed to be

festive with market stalls, sea

shanties and fishing trips.

www.trouvillesurmer.org

3 th - 4 th August

Foire aux Fromages

Livarot, Calvados

This traditional festival brings together the best

of France’s cheeses and guarantees great

entertainment with a costume parade and even a

competition to determine who can eat the most

Livarot!

www.paysdelivarot.fr/tourisme/accueil

18 th September -20 th October

Fête de la Pomme

Pays d’Auge, Calvados

Numerous events and activities are organised

across the Pays d’Auge area during this week-long

celebration of the humble apple. Learn more about

the different products and dishes that are made from

this sweet and juicy fruit.

www.festivalpomme.sitew.com

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19 th -20 th October

Fête du Ventre et de la Gastronomie Normande

Rouen, Seine-Maritime

Celebration of the ancient culinary traditions of

Rouen. Market stalls full of Norman specialities

cover the Old Market Square and spill over in to the

surrounding streets of Rouen’s historic city centre.

www.rouentourisme.com

Early October

Fête de la Crevette

Honfleur, Calvados

Annual festival celebrating Honfleur’s speciality, the

shrimp, alongside a host of this pretty port’s maritime

traditions.

www.ot-honfleur.fr

9 th -10 th November

Festival Goût du Large

Port en Bessin, Calvados

Annual scallop and seafood festival that takes place

alongside the European sea shanty festival.

www.bessin-normandie.com

5 th - 6 th October

Festival Coquillages et Crustacés

Granville, Manche

France’s first shellfish port welcomes 35,000 visitors

to its seafood festival every year. Over 15 tonnes

of shellfish are on sale direct from the fishermen

themselves at this buzzing event.

www.granville.cci.fr

Early

October

Mycologiades Internationales de Bellême

Bellême, Orne

Amateur and professional mycologists set out into

the Norman forests and countryside in search of the

very best wild mushrooms.

www.mycologiades.com

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World War II in Normandy

Nowhere is the memory of the Second World War more intense than along Normandy’s northern coastline, famous for its role

in turning around World War II on 6th June 1944, when allied forces successfully broke through Nazi defences. Coming face

to face with this historical landscape, is a very powerful and moving experience. From Sainte-Mère-Eglise in la Manche to the

beaches of Dieppe in Seine-Maritime, the coastline is dotted with war memorials and museums commemorating the soldiers of

all nationalities who lost their lives.

Merville-Franceville Battery

Calvados

One of the most complex military actions of Operation

Overlord took place at the Merville-Franceville battery when

young Lieutenant-Colonel Otway led the heroic British 9th

Parachute Battalion to neutralise this strategic position. Set

up in Casemate 1, the battery museum plays testament to the

life-changing experiences of the young men on both sides,

hundreds of whom lost their lives in the operation. A realistic

sound and light reconstruction and original artefacts from the

soldiers themselves bring the momentous operation to life.

www.batterie-merville.com

Le Musée du Débarquement at Utah Beach

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont - Manche

A simulator experience of a Martin B-26 fighter jet and a new

wing to host more WWII memorabilia were added in 2011 and

this year will see the museum mark its 50th anniversary. The

site was originally built in 1962 from a German bunker with

the aim of preserving the memory of the American troops who

landed on Utah Beach.

www.utah-beach.com

Musée du Débarquement

Arromanches, Calvados

Situated in the ‘Place du 6 juin’ opposite the actual artificial

Mulberry harbour, this museum is devoted to the incredible

feat of technology achieved by the British troops. The artificial

harbours were built in the UK and then transported across the

Channel and positioned just off the Normandy coasts, providing

British troops with the opportunity to offload thousands of men,

vehicles and supplies in order for them to be able to launch

Operation Overlord.

www.musee-arromanches.fr

Arromanches 360˚ Cinema

Calvados

Unique in the landing beaches area, the 360°

cinema at Arromanches is one of only three

circular cinemas in France. The film,

The Prince of Freedom, combines

unreleased footage from June 1944

and present-day images shot in now

peaceful settings. Allow yourself to

be transported back to the action

amongst the soldiers on D-Day,

floating along the pontoons at

Arromanches, flying over the Pointe

du Hoc and coming ashore at Omaha

Beach.

www.arromanches360.com

Airborne Museum

Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Manche

Sainte-Mère-Eglise was the first town to be liberated by

US troops on D-Day and 180,000 people visit the town’s

museum each year. Dedicated entirely to

the liberating forces, highlights of this

museum include a WACO glider in

its original condition and one of

the Douglas C47 aircrafts that

towed the gliders across the

channel during Operation

Overlord. An 1800m2

expansion to the museum

has now commenced to

accommodate more tanks

and aircrafts never before

exhibited.

www.musee-airborne.com

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Don't miss in 2014

D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations

The memory lives on... 2014 marks the 70th anniversary

of the D-Day landings. This pivotal moment in world history

will be commemorated by local residents, veterans and

their families on the beaches, memorials and in towns

throughout the ronwards.

www.normandy-dday.com

Did you know?

You can now have everything you need to know about

World War II in Normandy at your fingertips with the

new D-Day and Normandy app from PocketLocations.

com, which is now available to download from iTunes

straight to your iPhone. Location pins direct the user

to battlefields, museums and cemeteries along the

Normandy coastline with further information for each

location explained with text and images.

www.pocketlocations.com

Historic Trail of 1944

Carentan, Manche

Explore the liberation of Carentan, where 20,000 American

paratroopers landed. Download the map to guide yourself

around a three hour tour of the stunning scenery of the

Regional Natural Parks and beautiful villages of France that

covers 13 sites crucial to the liberation of this area.

www.carentan-circuit-44.com

Relive history in a World War II Jeep

Manche

Visit the battlefields in a WWII Jeep! Almost 640,000 Jeeps

were produced between December 1941 and the summer of

1945, with a warfare life expectancy of 90 days. Being small

and compact, it could be transported to battle areas by plane

or glider, dropped by parachute, or floated across a river,

carrying 3 easily and 6 at a pinch. Discover one of the best

motors of World War II and cross the fields and beaches, once

the battlefields of combat.

www.manche-locationvacances.com

Caen Memorial

Calvados

One of the most visited

European memorials

with up to 400,000

visitors each year.

The ‘World War,

Total War’ area

of the memorial

dedicated to WWII

has been totally

transformed,

taking account of

the latest historical

research so that

visitors benefit from

a global perspective of

the conflict. New exhibitions

include, “6th June and the Battle of

Normandy”, and “Designs for Peace”.

www.memorial-caen.fr

Don’t miss…

D-Day Festival, Bayeux/Bessin/Landing Beaches

5th-9th June 2013

The first town to be liberated by the British on D-Day,

Bayeux-Bessin marks the 68th anniversary of the Allied

Landings in 1944 with the 6th edition of its D-Day

Festival. On the bill this year are firework displays, picnics,

military vehicle parade and even a parachute drop!

www.sainte-mere-eglise.info

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D-Day seen from the sea

Departing from Port-en-Bessin, the “Pays du Bessin” motorboat

can board a hundred passengers for a unique discovery of the

Day Landing beaches, the American sector in particular.

Three different routes take visitors to the heart of the artificial

harbour in Arromanches, to Omaha Beach and to Pointe du

Hoc. The Pays du Bessin’s captain, Olivier, is at his

microphone to offer a running commentary throughout the tour.

www.lesvedettesdenormandie.fr

The Battle of Normandy online

Find out more about the ceremonies that will commemorate

D-Day, June 6th 1944, as well as information on the monuments

and sites of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy , on the

Normandie Memoire website

www.normandy-dday.com

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UNESCO Normandy

Normandy boasts no less than five sites and attractions that have been recognised by UNESCO for their world heritage status. Take

it from the experts that a visit to these places makes a trip to Normandy truly worthwhile.

Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux, Calvados

William of Normandy’s famous victory at Hastings is retold

through the Bayeux Tapestry, a hand-woven 70m long

masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship. Actually an embroidery,

this wonder of the 11th century has been remarkably preserved

and now acts as an essential historical source on the way of life

in the Middle Ages.

Excellent audio guides are an essential part of the tour and a

simplified version of the commentary is available for kids. Follow

the story along the 58 scenes of the relic, then have all your

questions answered by colourful displays and models in the

exhibition room and a short film in the cinema.

www.tapisserie-bayeux.fr

Did you know?

The Bayeux Tapestry has only twice left the town of

Bayeux: once during the time of Napoleon, when he used

it to convince his men that the English could be beaten

and a second time during World War II to prevent it from

damage.

Le Havre, Seine-Maritime

The Second World War wreaked havoc on the port of Le

Havre, with 80% of the city being completely destroyed in

the bombings. Rebuilt following

the architectural plans of

Auguste Perret, the city

centre was added

to the UNESCO

World Heritage

list in 2005.

With its

unique

modern

stained

glass

windows

and 106

metre high bell

tower, the Saint

Joseph Church,

designed by Perret’s

pupil Le Corbusier, is

particularly worth a visit. A

former hub of cotton and coffee

trading, don’t miss the newly restored Vauban Docks. Now

a buzzing dockside development of restaurants, shops and

leisure facilities, highlights include the Bains des Docks Spa,

beautifully designed by architect Jean Nouvel.

www.le-havre-tourisme.com

Don’t miss…

Find out more about ‘Les Bains des Docks’ in our ‘Spas

and Golf Courses’ section of the press pack.

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Vauban Tower and fortifications

Manche

The wild beauty of Tatihou Island has long been enhanced

by its imposing tower. Completed in 1699, UNESCO officially

recognised the architectural and historical importance of the

21m high tower in July 2008. This impressive fortification,

designed by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, a Royal Engineer

in the 17th Century, included a gunpowder store, sleeping

quarters, canon-platform and fortified farm complete with

barracks and chapel.

www.sites-vauban.org

Don’t miss…

Crossing the bay barefoot

Just as the pilgrims of the Middle Ages once did,

visitors can cross to the Mont-Saint-Michel on foot. The

organisations of Chemins de la Baie and Découverte de

la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel offer guided rambles in the

bay, with special versions for families.

www.cheminsdelabaie.com

www.traverseebaie.com

Alençon Lace

Orne

Using only a needle and thread, the Alençon lace making

technique and unique craft, ‘Point

d’Alençon’, was developed in the

17th century and practised by

up to 8000 women at that

time. The material was

named ‘queen of all

laces’ at the first

Universal Exhibition

in Brighton in

1851. Today

the industry

employs six

people and the

technique takes

up to a decade to

master. UNESCO

has recognised it

as a cultural treasure

that deserves to be

protected. This world

heritage listing should

ensure that the practice

does not die out with the current

generation of lace makers.

www.paysdalencontourisme.com

Did you know?

The Normandy landing beaches have submitted their

case to UNESCO to be included on the World Heritage

list in 2014, which would coincide with the 70th

anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Manche

Truly an architectural wonder, the Mont-Saint-Michel is

Normandy’s most distinctive monument. Perched atop a rocky

island, the awe-inspiring abbey rises majestically out of the

sea in a beautiful natural bay. Completed in 1521, the original

abbey took more than 500 years to construct and was named

after the Archangel Michael. Crossing the marshes barefoot

at low tide is a wonderfully peaceful way to reach the ancient

monastic centre of the mount.

www.ot-montsaintmichel.com

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Restoring the Mont-Saint-Michel

Saving Mont-Saint-Michel from the sands: An operation of

worldwide and nationwide interest

Restoring Mont-Saint-Michel to its marine setting is part of

a great ambition: to conduct an in-depth renovation of the

landscape that serves as a jewel-case to one of mankind’s

major shrines, and renew the path of discovery of the site, in

the spirit of the pilgrims crossing over.

Mont-Saint-Michel stands in a bay with breathtaking scenery

and ecosystems. It is a spot of unmatched beauty that features

twice in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites (1979).

However, in the short term, Mont-Saint-Michel is facing the

threat of becoming irremediably landlocked. Around the rock,

silting has worsened over the centuries and with successive

human interventions – reclamation, the building of the causeway,

and the dam fitted with floating sluice-gates- colonisation by

plant life continues. The natural sands are also spoilt by the

presence of a parking area.

Europe, the French State and the local and regional authorities

have joined forces in recovering the spirit of the place so

that this treasure of all mankind should remain a sought-after

monument for generations to come.

Agenda:

2012 > The new parking area on the mainland and the public

transport shuttles will be in place to carry visitors to the Mont.

2014 < A final stage is to be reached with completion of the

pedestrian bridge and, still more symbolically in 2015, with the

destruction of the causeway after over a century.

For more information visit: www.projetmontsaintmichel.fr

Press Contact: Annie Bellier: annie.bellier@veoliatransdev.com

The idea is to restore a marine setting to Mont-Saint-Michel

with tidal water all around on a regular basis, by using the

combined power of the water from the incoming tide and from

the River Couesnon. Reclaiming the sands in this way also

means doing away with the 15 hectares of car and coach parks,

as well as the causeway linking the rocky island to the mainland,

as they have blocked the tidal currents for over 130 years.

The idea is also to have a completely new approach to the

monument for the annual 3 million sightseers. From the

mainland up to the Mont, a new approach road is to be

constructed: you arrive at a parking area with reception and

information services, 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the Mont, and take

the footpaths or public transport shuttle. You will then be able

to enjoy the old spirit of crossing over to Mont-Saint-Michel,

making the time needed to take in the bay scenery, stopping off

at the dam then the pedestrian footbridge offering an unbroken

view of Tombelaine rock, Mont-Saint-Michel and the bay.

Did you know?

The Seine Valley and Côte d’Albâtre have also made their

bid to join the prestigious list.

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Medieval Normandy

William the Conqueror

One of the most brilliant warriors of all time, William the

Conqueror will be forever remembered for the Battle of

Hastings when he rode to victory to become

King of England in 1066. Born

England.

out of wedlock to Robert

the Magnificent and a

poor peasant woman,

William was originally

known as William

the Bastard,

despite being

rightful heir to

the Dukedom.

When Robert

died in 1035

William was just

eight years old

but eventually he

was able to claim

his birthright as the

7th Duke of Normandy,

going on to make history

by also becoming King of

www.lafabuleuseepopee.com/en/link

Make a date…

Fêtes Médiévales de Bayeux

6th-7th July 2013

A celebration of the Middle Ages in the medieval town

of Bayeux with jesters, jugglers, minstrels, knights

and artisans. Expect to be swept up in the maelstrom

of medieval markets, street entertainment, costume

parades and workshops with medieval taverns and local

restaurants rustling up delicacies, some cooked

medieval-style!

www.bessin-normandie.com

Château de Falaise

Falaise, Calvados

The story of how William the Bastard became William, Duke

of Normandy and King of England begins at Falaise, where he

was born in 1027. Tour the two castle keeps where William

grew up and the 13th century round tower, all painstakingly

restored. Visitors can also experience key moments in the

building’s illustrious history through a self-guided audio-visual

tour in English with a version for adults and also for children.

www.chateau-guillaume-le-conquerant.fr

Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux, Calvados

See the ‘UNESCO’ section of the press pack to learn more

about this ‘Memory of the World’.

www.tapisserie-bayeux.fr

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Abbaye aux Hommes and Abbaye aux Dames

Caen, Calvados

Although virtually destroyed during World War II, Caen

miraculously retained its two magnificent abbeys, the Abbaye

aux Hommes, founded by William himself, and the Abbaye aux

Dames, founded by his beloved wife Matilda, as offerings to the

pope to grant them permission to get married. William’s tomb

can be found in the abbey church of Saint-Etienne.

www.tourisme.caen.fr

Make a date…

Rendez-vous à la Cathédrale

16th July-31st August 2013

Illuminations are projected onto Bayeux Cathedral and

the courtyard of the Hôtel du Doyen at dusk. The majestic

masterpiece of Gothic architecture is shown in its best

light and images and music recount the 2000 years of

history of the town and the Bessin area.

www.bessin-normandie.com

Did you know?

Richard the Lionheart loved the city of Rouen so much

that he ordered his heart to be buried there in the city

after his death. His tomb can be round in the choir of the

majestic cathedral.

Château Gaillard

Les Andelys, Eure

High above the village

of Les Andelys, on a

sharp bend in the

River Seine, stand

the remains of

an impressive

stronghold.

This is Château

Gaillard, Richard

the Lionheart’s

Normandy castle,

perched on a cliff over

100m high. Built in just

one year, from 1197 to

1198, and designed to protect

Richard’s duchy of Normandy, much

of the original fortress still remains and is open to visitors. Les

Andelys also hosts a weekend festival of medieval events each

year in June.

www.les–andelys.com/chateau-gaillard.com

Make a date…

Les Médiévales de Crèvecoeur

4th-11th August 2013

For one week every August, the grounds and castle at

Crèvecoeur are transported back to the Middle Ages

as historical groups, skilled craftsmen, professionals

and enthusiasts recreate life as it would have been at

Crèvecoeur in the middle of the 15th Century. Historians

and archaeologists conduct meticulous research to

ensure every scene is historically accurate and that

visitors really do feel like they are witnessing the daily life

of 600 years ago.

www.chateau-de-crevecoeur.com

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Parks and Gardens in Normandy

In Normandy, the water, the light, the colours, the gentle landscapes and the rich heritage all lend themselves perfectly to the

gardener’s art. The region boasts over 100 gardens open to the public, many of which host special events and activities. Here

is our pick of where to go and what to see in 2013.

Les Jardins de la Mansonière

Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, Orne

These gardens are

perched on one of

the hills overlooking

the river Sarthe, a

stone’s throw from

Saint-Cénerile-Gérei,

one of

France’s most

beautiful villages.

The gardens’

special, dreamlike

atmosphere invites

visitors to relax and

unwind whilst wandering

the nine themed areas.

Open from 12th April to 15th

September.

www.mansoniere.fr

Not to be missed…

Classical Music by Candlelight

On three occasions during the summer, les Jardins de

la Mansonière will be illuminated by over 800 candles,

providing the perfect backdrop for a series of classical

concerts.

Abbaye Saint-Georges de Boscherville

Seine-Maritime

This garden has been restored in a 17th century style, harking

back to the time when it was first planted out by Benedictine

monks. Architecturally, it combines the tradition of medieval

abbey gardens with that of Italian Renaissance terraced

gardens and is home to eighty varieties of medicinal plants as

well as a wealth of orchards, vines and flowerbeds. From the

garden, visitors can admire the superb view of the abbey and

the Seine Valley.

www.abbaye-saint-georges.com

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Château de Miromesnil Park and Garden

Tourville-sur-Arques, Seine-Maritime

Nestled between a beech forest and the impressive Château de

Miromesnil, this abundant plot is a fine example of a traditional

kitchen garden and was awarded the Grand Prix 2011 by the

French National Horticultural Society for its combination of

traditional gardening and its artistic use of colour. Visitors won’t

fail to be bowled over by Miromesnil’s charm.

http://v2.chateaumiromesnil.com/

Claude Monet’s Garden

Giverny, Eure

Claude Monet’s property in Giverny, where he lived from 1833

to 1926, has now become the Claude Monet Foundation. The

gardens have been replanted as they would have been during

the time of the well-known painter-gardener who was ‘crazy

about flowers’. No trip to Giverny would be complete without a

glimpse of the famous ‘Water Garden’ with its Japanese Bridge,

inspiration for the pictorial universe of the water lilies.

www.fondation-monet.com

Not to be missed…

Christmas Market at the Château Miromesnil

30th November - 1st December

For one weekend only the château and its grounds

welcome visitors to embrace the Christmas spirit. Marvel

at the giant Christmas tree, treat your loved ones to some

early presents from the traditional market and top it all off

by tucking into some delicious delicacies by an open fire.

Normandy Press Pack 2013

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Golf and Spa Breaks in Normandy

Normandy is a land where the golfer is king! With 40 golf courses stretching the length and breadth of the region, it is a major

European destination for all golf enthusiasts. On the coast, along cliff-tops, amidst sand-dunes and among the hedgerows of the

rolling countryside, Normandy’s golf courses provide an array of different challenges to all levels of players.

For those who prefer to while away the hours in a more relaxed atmosphere, Normandy, with its thermal springs and coastal resorts,

is home to a number of top class spas alongside thalasso- and hydrotherapy centres.

Thalazur

Cabourg, Calvados

Green Swing

Caen, Calvados

Golf Compact de Louvigny offers a new generation in golf

practice thanks to its eco-friendly synthetic tees and greens.

With a 6-hole course including both par 3 and par 4 holes,

along with a 28-bay range, this good value short course is

the ideal place for beginners to hit their first shots or more

experienced players to hone their swing. There is also a friendly

club house offering light refreshments.

www.golfcompactlouvigny.com

February 2013 will see the opening of a new 4* hotel

and spa resort in the iconic seaside resort of Cabourg.

This new luxury establishment is part of the Thalazur brand

and has been designed to offer guests a haven of peace

and tranquillity in which to relax. All of the 164 en-suite

bedrooms have a balcony with garden or sea-views

and are spacious with contemporary colour schemes.

The hotel’s extensive spa and fitness centre provides

access to hydrotherapy treatments as well as Jacuzzi,

sauna, steam room, swimming pool and gym.

Prices: Fr € eekend Package’ (including 4

treatments plus one night half-board)

For more information please visit: http://cabourg.thalazur.fr

Did you know?

You can download the official Normandy Golf Guide from

the ‘Sport and Activities’ section of the Normandy Tourist

Board website.

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Previthal

Granville, Manche

This new Institut Previthal offers the very best in

thalassotherapeutic treatments with top of the range facilities

including a hydrotherapy room, relaxing spa area and Thalgo

beauty salon. In order to make thalassotherapy accessible to

a wider audience, Previthal offers a wide range of tailored

packages and treatments at competitive prices, making it one

of the best value centres of its kind in France. The centre also

boasts a 3* Best Western Hotel with 76 rooms, 60 of which

offer stunning views out over the beach. The carefully chosen

natural colour palette and coastal-inspired decor ensure create

a harmonious and relaxing environment for the hotel’s guests.

Find out more on www.previthal.com

SPOM

Saint-St-Aubin-de-Bonneval, Orne

This old half-timbered apple press has been fully restored

using natural materials and houses the newly opened spa

‘Spom’. The name may sound slightly odd to the English ear

but, of course, it is a clever play on the French words ‘spa’ and

‘pomme’ (apple)! And one thing’s for sure…this spa certainly

draws inspiration from its name.

Normandy is famous for its vast orchards and it is these local

apples, of all shape, size and colour, that are mixed with other

natural ingredients to provide the products used during the

treatments.

Think massages using apple seed oil and apple compote or

even cider gel wraps! Let this fabulous fruit do its work and you

are sure to come away feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Open from Thursday to

Saturday

Tel: +33 (0) 2 33 36 90 79

www.institut-spa-de-la-pomme.fr

B’O Thermal Spa

Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, Orne

This new spa is situated at the heart of the world-renowned

thermal resort of Bagnoles-de-l’Orne and offers the very

best in hydrotherapy treatments. Natural mineral water from

the surrounding area is combined with the cleansing and

rejuvenating qualities of one of Normandy’s best known fruitsthe

apple.

The brand new centre has over 50 state of the art rooms for

beauty treatments along with thermal water baths, sauna,

mineral steam room and relaxation area offering a selection of

herbal teas.

Packages from € 89

Open 7 days a week between March and November

www.bo-spathermal.com

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Equestrian Normandy

Normandy is the perfect destination for horse lovers thanks to its lush rolling countryside and many equestrian centres offering

something for everyone, from absolute beginner to experienced jockey. Horseback is the perfect way to discover the hidden beauty

of Normandy so why not hire a horse for the day to trot along bridleways, meander through forest and woodland or even gallop

along the beach.

Enthusiasts and professionals are also well catered for with up to 4000 annual equestrian events taking place across the region,

including several international competitions such as the ‘Jumping International’ in Caen or the Polo Cup in Deauville. Also, don’t

miss our introduction to 2014’s World Equestrian Games on the next page…

Stud farms

The region is home to two French national stud farms, Le

Haras du Pin, a magnificent 18th century ‘Versailles for horses’

built in 1714 by Louis XIV and Le Haras de Saint-Lô, built in

1806 and dedicated to the breeding of Selle Français (French

Warmblood), Norman Cob and Percheron.

Nowadays, the Haras du Pin’s main activity is controlled

breeding to strengthen and maintain bloodlines but the centre

is also open to the public, offering guided tours of the grounds

and enabling visitors to learn about everything from breeding,

to care and training. The Saint-Lô stud now breeds pedigree

animals principally for sporting and leisure activities and is home

to 150 stallions from 7 different races.

Trekking in Normandy

A completely new ‘National Stud Route’ route has been devised to

enable horse enthusiasts to trek across 190km of glorious

Normandy countryside between the region’s two national stud

farms in Le Pin-au-Haras and St Lô. The route can be divided into 9

smaller stages, all of which highlight the richness and diversity of

Normandy’s history, culture and landscape. Each of the shorter

stages incorporates one or more local equestrian centres at which

both riders and horses can take a well earned break. Route maps

for each sector are free to download and include plenty of practical

information to help you plan your trek.

Download maps and information at www.chevalnormandie.com

Make a date

Les Jeudis du Pin

Le Haras du Pin, Orne

Every Thursday - 6thJune to 26th September 2013

Visitors are treated to amazing displays of dressage and

show-jumping as the magnificent Colbert Courtyard is

transformed into an outdoor theatre for these spectacular

weekly shows- the actors being none other than the

horses themselves!

www.haras-national-du-pin.fr

Abbey Trail on horseback

La Manche

This horse riding trail through the department of La Manche

is the perfect opportunity for equestrian fans to discover five

Norman abbeys along a 155km journey through peaceful,

quiet lanes that meander through the hedgerows and along

the banks of the River Vire. The trail ends with a crossing of the

Mont-Saint-Michel bay surrounded by spectacular scenery.

www.mancherandonnee.com

Pôle International du Cheval

Deauville, Calvados

Already home to a leading race track at La Touques, Deauville

now has a new international equestrian centre, with a riding

school, 3 indoor and 3 outdoor arenas and a restaurant. The

centre will attract international show jumping and dressage

events and host international teams preparing for the 2014

World Equestrian Games, as well as serving the local

equestrian community.

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

The build up has begun as Normandy prepares to host the

Make a dateè

2014 World Equestrian Games.

Le Normandie Horse Show

The region faced stiff competition from other potential host

3rd-12th August 2012

regions but read the facts and figures below and it is easy to

Saint-Lô, Manche

see why Normandy, one of Europe’s leading equestrian regions,

25th edition of this horse show brings together the

came away with the victory.

winners of regional competitions in categories such as

France’s leading horse breeding region with over 8,300

best of breed. This year will also see the festival host the

breeders and 10,000 births per year

horse ball ‘Nations Cup’.

Home to 40% of French racehorses

Nearly 1000 stallions siring half the thoroughbred,

French Trotter and French Saddle horses in France

Over 800 square miles of pastures devoted to the

equine industry

300 riding centres

31 hippodromes

€620 million in horse sales

2 national and 24 private stud farms

Home to the Institute of Horse Pathology, the only one

of its kind in the world

Deauville Normandie Airport specialises in equine air

transportation

Make a date

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

24th August – 7th September 2014

The centre of Caen, the regional capital of Lower

Normandy, will be transformed into a huge ‘equestrian

stadium’ where events in seven of the eight disciplines will

take place. The eighth, a long-distance endurance ride,

will run between the Haras du Pin and the Bay of Mont-

Saint-Michel. This exceptional 100 mile ride will enable

competitors and visitors from around the world to discover

Normandy’s countryside, forests, hedgerows and old

Roman roads.

Two demonstration events, horseball in Saint-Lô and Polo

in Deauville, will round off the programme of events.

The World Equestrian Games aim to combine sporting

excellence with celebrating equestrian sports, promoting

the knowledge of France and Normandy’s equine industry

and making the event part of an economic and tourist

development strategy.

www.normandie2014.com

Need to know!

2 weeks of competition

8 disciplines

1000 horses

1000 competitors

60 nations represented

500,000 visitors

500 million TV viewers

Normandy Press Pack 2013

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Sport and Adventure in Normandy

Whether you’re a beginner or a die-hard enthusiast, Normandy’s impressive coastlines, sweeping valleys, mystical forests and

open countryside provide the perfect backdrop for lots of outdoor sports and activities

Walking and Cycling

Normandy is truly a walking and cycling paradise. With nearly

2,000 miles of long-distance hiking trails to choose from,

together with a wide network of planned itineraries in every

possible type of environment, walkers in Normandy have the

world literally at their feet. Cyclists can also find their own little

piece of tranquillity, criss-crossing the region following the

extensive network of ‘green ways’. Further details of maps and

routes are available on the Normandy Tourist Board website.

D-Day beaches to the Mont-Saint-Michel

A new 230km cycle route has been opened to link the world

famous sites of the D-Day beaches and the iconic Mont-Saint-

Michel. The route alternates between green ways and quiet

country roads, making it safe for the whole family to enjoy, and

invites them to discover the wealth of cultural heritage that

Normandy has to offer. Along the way cyclists will have the

chance to retrace the steps of the allied soldiers during the

Normandy landings as well as take in two UNESCO heritage

sites: in the Bayeux Tapestry and the Mont-Saint-Michel.

Choose to set off from either Utah Beach or Arromanches and

why not stop off at the AJ Hackett Extreme Sports Centre

where the two routes meet, before setting off on the final stage

towards the Mont-Saint-Michel?

Did you know?

The London to Paris cycle route, created in conjunction

with the Olympic Games, begins its French leg in

Normandy. The route starts at the picturesque port of

Dieppe, travelling along the green ways through the

village of Neufchâtel-en-Bray, famous for its heart-shaped

cheese, the ancient spa town of Forges-les-Eaux and on

towards the French capital.

Paris to the Mont-Saint-Michel

With over 440km of cycle-friendly roads and pathways,

the Véloscénie route is the perfect way to take in some of

France’s most iconic sites including the Eiffel Tower,

Chartres cathedral, the Mont-Saint-Michel and many other

hidden gems of the Normandy countryside. The route is

accessible to cyclists of all ages and abilities and can be

split up into 8 different stages, which differ in length and

difficulty. The majority of the sections that weave through

Normandy can be integrated into other cycle routes,

including the two mentioned above, so that cyclists can

tailor each of the routes to suit their needs and abilities.

Extreme Sports

Normandy boasts its fair

share of adventure!

From ‘hanging

around’ at the

Soulevre Viaduct

to soaring over

the valleys of

Eure, these

sports are not

for the faint

hearted.

AJ Hackett

Extreme Sports

Centre

Soulevre Viaduct,

Calvados

Daredevils will go wild for the

AJ Hackett centre at the old Soulevre

Viaduct. Platforms erected along the viaduct invite visitors to

admire the view before they jump off to experience it upside

down! As well as bungee jumping from the viaduct, try racing

across the valley on a zip wire, braving the swing experience or

following the adventure course through the trees.

www.ajhackett.fr

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Normandy Microlight

Avranches, Manche

Get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel and

its surrounding area as you take to the skies in a microlight.

Regis Mao has over 15 years experience in flying light aircraft

and he has devised a range of special packages for visitors

who wish to experience this thrill for the first time. For those

who don’t have a head for heights, Regis also offers short

training sessions in the newest environmentally friendly way to

of travelling around the bay- the segway scooter. After learning

how to handle the machine, you are free to take to the paths

and enjoy the scenery on your own scooter cruise.

www.normandie-ulm.com

Canoeing and Kayaking

Those who wish to see some of the lush Norman countryside

will enjoy kayaking or canoeing down the Orne River

Did you know?

The ICF Canoe Polo World Championships will take place

in Thury-Harcourt during the 3rd week of September in

2014.

www.canoeicf.com

Authentik Aventure

Romilly-sur-Andelle, Eure

Nestled in the valley of the Andelle River, this sports

organisation offers a whole range of outdoor activities

including canoeing and kayaking. Adventurers also get

the chance to learn about the natural history of these

landscapes whether on a descent down the River Seine

or at the summit of a cliff.

www.authentikaventure.fr

Beau Rivage

Clécy, Calvados

Why not take time to admire the lush Norman countryside

whilst canoeing down the tranquil River Orne? This activity

centre, ideally placed within easy reach of Caen, Rouen and

Saint-Lô, is open between Easter and October and offers a

wide array of river-based activities such as kayaking, canoeing

and pedalos.

contact@beau-rivage-clecy.fr

Diving

Normandy’s coastline has created some fascinating diving

spots. In parts, the wreckage of D-Day has left its mark, whilst

areas along old maritime routes conceal a host of wrecks

waiting to be explored. Don’t miss the Channel’s soft coral reefs

Section Plongée Leo Lagrange

Asnelles Diving Centre, Calvados

The sea here is littered with the remnants of the enormous

military operation which took place along this stretch of the

Normandy coastline during the night of 5th/6th June 1944

and the weeks building up to it. The centre welcomes Englishspeaking

divers.

www.asnelles-plongee-leo-lagrange.com

Pôle Plongée Normandie

Tourlaville, Manche

In the area around the Cotentin Peninsula divers can discover

the wreck of a huge transatlantic ship, as well as steam boats,

patrol boats, trawlers, tugs and even a plane!

http://poleplongeenormandie.org

Don’t miss…

Information on many other sports and activities, from

sand yachting and kite surfing to hiking and fishing, is

available in Normandy is available on the ‘Sport and

Activities’ section of our website.

Normandy Press Pack 2013

www.normandy-tourism.org


Press Contacts

Edouard Valere

Deputy Marketing Manager

Comité Régional de Tourisme de Normandie

14 rue Charles Corbeau

27000 Evreux

France

Tel. +33 (0) 2 32 33 07 07

e.valere@normandie-tourisme.fr

www.normandy-tourism.org

Valérie Joannon

Marketing Assistant

Comité Régional de Tourisme de Normandie

14 rue Charles Corbeau

27000 Evreux

France

Tel. +33 (0) 2 32 33 94 12

v.joannon@normandie-tourisme.fr

www.normandy-tourism.org

Normandy Departmental Tourist Board Press Contacts

Armelle LE GOFF

Calvados

14054 Caen Cedex 4

8, rue Renoir

Tél. +33 (0)2 31 27 90 37

a.legoff@calvados.fr

www.calvados-tourisme.com

Press Contacts

Carole RAUBER

Orne

86 rue Saint Blaise

61002 Alençon Cédex

Tél. +33 (0)2 33 28 83 66

c.rauber@ornetourisme.com

www.ornetourisme.com

Capucine d’HALLUIN

Eure

Hôtel du Département

Boulevard Georges Chauvin

BP 367

27003 Evreux Cedex

Tél. +33 (0)2 32 62 84 32

capucine.dhalluin@eure-tourisme.fr

www.eure-tourisme.fr

Estelle CLABAUX

Seine-Maritime

6, rue Couronné

BP60 – 76420 Bihorel

Tél. : +33 (0)2 35 12 16 11

estelle.clabaux@cdt76.fr

www.seine-maritime-tourisme.com

Sophie BOUGEARD

Manche

Maison du Département

98, route de Candol

50008 Saint-Lô Cédex

Tél. +33 (0)2 33 05 96 08

sophie.bougeard@manche.fr

www.manchetourisme.com

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