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Introducing Normandy

Ever since the armies of William the Conqueror set sail from its shores in 1066, Normandy has played a pivotal role in European history, from the Norman invasion of England to the Hundred Years War and the D-Day beach landings of 1944. This rich and often brutal past is what draws travellers to the region today, though the pastoral landscapes, small fishing ports, dramatic coastline and waistline-expanding cuisine are all equally good reasons to include this accessible and beautiful chunk of France on any trip.

The standout highlights of Normandy are world-renowned sights such as the Bayeux Tapestry, the D-Day beaches, Monet's garden at Giverny and the spectacular Mont St-Michel, but the region's lesser-known charms include a variety of stunning beaches and coastal landscapes, some excellent and little-known art museums, quaint villages in the hinterland, and architectural gems ranging from classic beauty Honfleur to postwar oddball Le Havre.