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Basse-Normandie is the one of the most appealing tourist regions in France. Seaside resorts play big role in its popularity. Charming small resorts have turned this once lonesome region into the popular place for celebrities and tourists to rest. Basse-Normandie has rich history; the best place to start learning it is the capital of the region, Caen.
Exclusive beach resorts represent the main feature of Basse-Normandie. The most of popular of them is Deauville, which regularly hosts the large-scale film festival. This fancy resort is … Open
Chateae de Caen and its ramparts built by William the Conqueror in the late 11th century form together the historical symbol of Caen. Mémorial de Caen unofficially known as the ‘Memorial for Peace’ is the most popular cultural center in the city. It houses the impressive exhibition of World War II showpieces. Allied invasion into Europe in 1944 took place at the coastline of today's Normandy Riviera. Memorial de Caen holds collection of fire arms and unique historical documents making it a very interesting place to visit.
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Another sites for historicists are Mulberry Harbour and Omaha Beach . These places still feel the atmosphere of the most crucial moments in history of WWII. The absolutely unique historical landmark, paratrooper dummy on top of Eglise Sainte-Marie , is also situated there. One of US Army paratroopers got stuck at the church spire and had to wait the whole day before rescued. The church survived though war intact and was later decorated with such unusual maquette. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
There are over 1.5 thousands of hotels and inns in Basse-Normandie; historical hotels are very popular among tourists. The unique Best Western Le Dauphin et Le Spa du Prieuré hotel is … Open
Resort cities of Basse-Normandie also provide a great choice of excursions for its guests. The city of Ouistreham hosts the museum of Atlantic Wall representing an exhibition dedicated to region’s military history. Tourists interested in architectural landmarks should visit city of Bayeux. Lots of medieval buildings, including impressive cathedral, have survived there until these days.
X-Files [Explore 51] City of Cherbourg with its medieval charm is an excellent change from war theme. Beautiful building are found literally everywhere at Cherbourg; many of them are occupied by hotels, shops or restaurants. Sea Museum and busy Centrale square are must see places there. The theater is located next to the square; local small shops offer charming umbrellas, the most popular souvenirs of the city. Old sea port of Barfleur is wide-known for its restaurants, but the symbol if the city is the Phare de Gatteville lighthouse. It is still interesting place to visit, despite its best times are long over now.
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Exclusive beach resorts represent the main feature of Basse-Normandie. The most of popular of them is Deauville, which regularly hosts the large-scale film festival. This fancy resort is … Open
Honfleur is the one of the most popular resorts of Basse-Normandie. There you can visit the sea museum, which occupies the Eglise Saint-Etienne church building. The old 17th century military warehouse nearby also hosts the invaluable collection of historical objects. Another point of interest is the unique wooden Saint-Catherine's Church built in 19th century.


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Le Pont [Explore 39] The region of Basse-Normandie is famous for its excellent seaside resorts that were open only for members of rich and noble families in the past. Deauville remains the most famous resort. Its charming sandy beaches still attract numerous high society tourists. There are many beautiful old buildings, a horse riding center, and modern sports complexes at the resort. Nearby, travelers will find Trouville, a popular resort town. Quite often these two towns are described as a single resort area.
There are over 1.5 thousands of hotels and inns in Basse-Normandie; historical hotels are very popular among tourists. The unique Best Western Le Dauphin et Le Spa du Prieuré hotel is … Open
In summer, both the resorts are always crowded and welcome numerous tourists, so travelers seeking privacy and intimacy are better to pay their attention to the nearby town of Barfleur. This is an old port town that is perfect for calm beach recreation. Vacationers are also welcome to rent a boat and head to explore the nearby landmarks of the coastal area. Granville is a port town that has a regular ferry connection with Jersey, a town in the UK. Granville is famous for its beautiful historical district. Charming houses with crisp white facades have become a calling card of this place. They look particularly impressive near the coast.
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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Normandy
♥   Castle 'Château de Caen' Calvados, 22.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Falaise' Calvados, 26.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Sassy' Calvados, 27.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Creully' Calvados, 31 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Courcy' Calvados, 31.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Normandy
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Normandie-Maine' , 56.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin' , 64.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Boucles de la Seine normande' , 99.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Park 'Cherbourg' , 102.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Perche' , 110.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Normandy and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée des Beaux-Arts' Caen, 22.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sightseeing in France: things to see

Versailles has become a true shrine of medieval culture. The same named palace is the biggest sight of this place. Long ago it was the residence of French kings, so its spacious halls have retained their elegance and luxury till our days. During an excursion in the palace, tourists will know more about the history of that place and the purpose of every room. The most famous landmarks of Versailles are the Grand Canal and the Neptune Fountain. Versailles is located in the centre of a beautiful park decorated with statues and fountains. There are two historic buildings in the distant part of the park – the Grand Trianon and the Petite Trianon. … Open
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