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Bayeux & Beaches of Normandy

From a tumultuous past to an ever-intriguing present
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
  • easy cycling through lush countryside and along a picturesque coast
  • scenes of World War II landings, battles & beach-heads
  • delicious Norman cuisine
  • option to visit iconic Mont Saint-Michel

 

Lower Normandy, a beguiling land of apple orchards, dovecotes, half-timbered farms and famous cheeses, has also played a major role in the unfolding of a rich and, at times, brutal European history.

We, once conquered by William, have now set free the Conqueror’s native land.
     
Epitaph (in Latin) from The Bayeux Memorial, commemorating the 1,808 men of the Commonwealth who died in the Battle of Normandy who have no known grave.

From the Norman invasion of England in 1066, exquisitely chronicled in Bayeux’s tapestry, to the D-Day landings of 1944, there is so much to reflect upon. Yet a visit to this beautiful area of northern France is about more than just looking to the past. The archetypal scenery – lush green meadows and shady valleys offering up half-hidden architectural gems – makes for perfect cycling country, and the picture-book towns and villages are a joy to explore. The delicious cuisine, featuring creamy sauces laced with cider or calvados, and fresh fish from the sea, completes a tempting picture.

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