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La Côte de Nacre is a large, popular, commercial site with many facilities, all of a high standard. It is an ideal holiday location for...

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One hour from Paris, on the banks of the Seine and overlooked by the impressive remains of Château Gaillard (Richard Coeur de Lion), this attractive...

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Set in the grounds of a château, Castel Camping le Château de Lez Eaux lies in a rural situation just off the main route south...

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A friendly, family site, l’Anse du Brick overlooks a picturesque bay on the northern tip of the Cotentin Peninsula, eight kilometres east of Cherbourg port...

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Le Marqueval is a well established, lively, family site of 284 pitches (including 60 mobile homes), located close to the seaside town of Hautot-sur-Mer, just...

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Camping de la Vée is a pleasant municipal site in the town of Bagnoles de l’Orne, and is open for a long season (March to...

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Bellevue is located just west of Villers-sur-Mer with its sandy beach, and nine and a half kilometres west of fashionable Deauville. It is ideally located...

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You will get a warm welcome in English at Loisirs Ariane Camping Village, just 300 metres from the long sweep of sandy beach. It's well...

This welcoming, environmentally friendly, family-run site, close to Cherbourg and Caen, is situated just across the road from a long sandy beach. It is also...

Camping Seasonova Le Riva Bella (formally known as Les Pommiers) is an attractive and well equipped site which is very convenient for the Ouistreham ferry...

Le Grand Large is a well established, quality family site with direct access to a long sandy beach and within a 20 km. drive of...

Situated in an area rich in modern history, this family-run campsite has a very French atmosphere. It is very well cared for, with landscaped areas...

Views of France's most famous river and the wooded hills opposite can be seen from Camping de la Seine, a small riverside campsite tucked away...

You will receive a warm welcome at this small family run site, set in quiet and picturesque countryside. Grouped around a converted farmstead, the 5...

Le Fanal is one kilometre from the centre of a town famous for its dairy products, including caramel and fudge. There are 204 pitches, of...

Castel Camping Le Brévedent is a well established, traditional site with 132 pitches (105 for touring units, 31 used by tour operators) set in the...

Le Ranch offers nature in the wild in an exceptional setting. Situated on the west coast of the Cotentin Le Ranch, in front of the...

This is an attractive and very friendly site with a swimming pool complex that has a four-lane slide, a jacuzzi and a paddling pool. L’Etang...

Camping de la Plage is located near the north coast of Cotentin in Normandy. You'll soon feel at home with pitches among flowers and a...

This is a peaceful, rural site close to the Normandy coast and the pretty harbour town of Honfleur, where you are assured of a friendly...


A striking area whose beauty lies not only in the landscape, Normandy is famed for its seafood and Celtic tradition. Certain areas of Normandy remain untouched and wonderfully old fashioned.

Mont St Michel

Just across the Channel, Normandy’s history is inextricably linked with our own in the UK, from 1066 and all that to the Normandy Landings of D-Day in June 1944. Yet, from the stylish seaside resorts to the old half-timbered manor houses surrounded by lush pastures and cider orchards, Normandy still seems largely untouched by the rigours of the modern world.

Laying on the upper edge of France, Normandy has a striking and wonderfully old-fashioned feel characterised by a craggy granite coastline, quiet villages and unspoilt countryside. It’s a place with a noticeable artistic streak: Monet’s garden at Giverny is located here, and the fine Gothic architecture of Rouen Cathedral was the subject of a number of the impressionist’s paintings. Towns such as Honfleur typify the picturesque maritime charm of its ports.

The Manche department is the finger that points across the Channel at Britain, and it stretches from the port of Cherbourg on the tip of the Cotentin peninsula to the Mont St Michel – the most visited site in France – right on the border with Brittany. The granite coastline, sandy coves and the inland bocage, a dense array of hedgerows and trees that so obstructed the Allies in 1944, has changed little in centuries.

A journey through Normandy cannot fail to reveal its significant part in western history. The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Battle of Hastings and, most famously, its coastline hosts the five beaches onto which the Allied troops landed on D-Day. Caen’s Memorial Museum follows the course of the event and the beaches themselves remain a primary reason for many to visit the region. Even its medieval castle played a part in the Second World War; today, it serves as a museum exhibiting Normandy’s art and history.

Normandy is known as the dairy of France and its dishes often feature cream, butter, and fine cheeses such as Camembert and Pont l’Evêque. The cider route takes in the countryside and pretty villages of the Pays d’Auge, where Calvados, the distinctive apple brandy, and cider are produced.

Côte d’Albâtre

A region of contrasts

Normandy has a rich landscape full of variety. Its superb coastline includes the Cotentin Peninsula, the cliffs of the Côte d’Albâtre and the fine beaches and fashionable resorts of the Côte Fleurie. Notable spots include Houlgate with its pretty promenade and vast sandy beach, and Cabourg, a popular resort with large sandy beach and a whiff of Edwardian elegance about it – stroll around the marina admiring the yachts or meander through the formal gardens.

The beaches may be wide and sandy, but the rolling countryside of the interior conceals a wealth of quiet, unassuming villages, ancient market towns and unspoilt countryside calling out for leisurely exploration. Rouen is the largest city, the scene of Joan of Arc’s martyrdom and renowned as the ‘town of a thousand spires’ that inspired the Impressionist painter Monet.


Camping in Normandy

A hardy perennial camping destination, Normandy is a convenient entry point to much of France. Many people drive straight through Normandy, chasing the sun (not always successfully!) and ignoring the glories of this fabulous region in their haste.

Campsites in Normandy are family-friendly, with generally spacious grassy pitches and well demarcated with attractive shrubs and tidy hedging. It is not uncommon for campsites to have been established in orchards where an apple tree still remains on each pitch.

Most campers either enjoy the beaches and the historical sights of the region, or are keen outdoor activity fans, enjoying walking, canoeing, cycling along quiet country lanes or playing golf on some of France’s best courses with the lushest and greenest of greens.


Getting to Normandy

It’s a short hop across the Channel to Normandy. And there are always special prices on certain sailings so do shop around. Brittany Ferries sails from Portsmouth to Cherbourg or Le Havre and Caen, as well as Poole to Cherbourg. Overnight ferry crossings are more expensive, with cabins a popular extra, but you do arrive refreshed. DFDS sails from Newhaven to Dieppe.


Places of interest


Bayeux: Founded by the Romans, sacked by the Vikings, then home to the celebrated 11th century tapestry, 70 metres long and depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066, Bayeux has endured a troubled history. The town centre is picturesque with narrow cobbled lanes, ancient timbered buildings and a magnificent cathedral. The cemetery on the outskirts, with some 4,648 white headstones, is particularly moving.

Suisse Normande: One of Normandy’s most beautiful regions: a delightful wooded landscape with rocky ravines, trout streams and the greenest of valleys. This is a great area for canoeing and rock climbing, and there are wonderful hiking trails to the south. All very different to the vast beaches of the coast and the sleepy, lush meadows of the interior to the north.

Mont St Michel: A view unchanged for centuries and as you drive around the bay, the mount pops up on the horizon at intervals in a picture-postcard scene that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Even General Eisenhower mentioned this view in his memoirs. The ancient Benedictine monastery is connected by a causeway, surrounded by salt marshes with grazing sheep at low tide.

Honfleur: A photographer’s dream, and the subject of countless paintings, this is perhaps one of France’s most quaint and photogenic small ports. A fascinating variety of boats moor up in the ancient dock, just yards from wonderful seafood restaurants which fight for the freshest of fish. The high, narrow houses, painted in faded pastel hues, cast their reflection in the water and are the iconic backdrop to a timeless, picturesque scene.

Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen

Caen: Steeped in history, Caen is a bustling university town dominated by the 11th century fortress and Abbaye aux Hommes, an architectural gem built by William the Conqueror. On the outskirts of town the Caen Memorial Museum is a superb reminder of the terrible story of the Battle of Normandy and is a place of solemn pilgrimage for those seeking a better understanding of the events of the D-Day Landings of 1944.

Deauville: With its stylish beach promenade and racy nightlife, not to mention Grand Casino, racecourse and film festival, Deauville has been a magnet for those seeking the high life, sprinkled with a little glamour, since the mid 19th century.

Cherbourg: La Cité de la Mer; Château des Ravalet; Thomas Henry Museum.

Omaha Beach: D-Day beaches; landing site monuments; American cemetery.

Giverny: home of impressionist painter Claude Monet; Monet Museum.

Lisieux: pilgrimage site, shrine of Ste Thérèse.

Rouen: Joan of Arc Museum; Gothic churches, cathedrals, abbey, clock tower.


Normandy cuisine


Known as the dairy of France, Normandy’s markets are abundant with rich cream, butter, and fine cheeses such as Camembert and Pont l’Evêque. Voluptuous sauces are typical of the region as are desserts made with orchard fruits like apples, pears and cherries. Fish, and shellfish such as mussels, scallops and oysters, are sensational.

The Saturday market at Bayeux is one of the finest, with countless stalls vying for attention, all offering delectable treats. The many apple orchards are used in producing cider and the well known Calvados, the region’s apple brandy.

Andouillette de Vire: Small chitterling (tripe) sausage.

Barbue au cidre: Brill cooked in cider and Calvados.

Douillon aux pommes à la Normande: Baked apples in pastry.

Escalope (Vallée d’Auge): Veal sautéed and flamed in Calvados with cream and apples.

Teurgoule: Rice pudding with cinnamon.

Tripes à la mode de Caen: Stewed beef tripe with onions, carrots, leeks, garlic, cider and