Welcome to Normandy

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Coat of arms of Normandie

Welcome to beautiful Normandy in Western France.

This superb region of green meadows and sandy or pebble beaches corresponds to the historical Duchy of Normandy that was founded during the 10th century.

Basse Normandie – Lower Normandy consists of the departments of Calvados, Orne and Manche in the Cotentin Peninsula.

It is renowned for its traditional bocage landscape, lush meadows delineated from each other by hedges and mostly dedicated to cattle and horse breeding and agriculture.

Lower Normandy is extensively planted with apple orchards and is known for its traditional production of cider and Calvados, a far too delicious apple brandy…

Haute Normandie – Upper Normandy corresponds to the departments of Eure and Seine Maritime and is more industrialized.

The coastline areas of Normandy are essentially dedicated to fishing and seafood production and sustain a thriving tourism.

Normandy has a population of 3.45 million people or 5.5% of the French population.

Welcome to Normandy, a region worldwide known for being the site of the D-Day landings that took place in 1944 when troops from the United States and the British Empire brought freedom to Western Europe.

Inland from the beaches you will find the memorial Tapestry of Bayeux, the historical witness to another invasion led by William the Conqueror over 1000 years ago.

In the rich countryside of Normandy you will find brave cities and towns and villages that survived the havoc of war.

Mostly destroyed during WWII, Normandy rebuilt itself and was reborn from its ashes, and is now a vast open-air museum.

You will find beautiful peaceful beaches of fine sand that are now dedicated to leisure and peace.

You will find lively and attractive fishing ports and marinas.

You will also find the farms and orchards where apples are grown.

You will find the farmers who brew from them to produce the potent spirit Cavaldos.

Area: 30,100 km2
Population: 3,450,388

Photo via Wikimedia Commons: Coat of arms Normandie Attribution Public domain