Fast Facts

Press release

Capital: Rouen The city of Caen: the gateway to the D-Day Landing. How to get to Normandy: Normandy is easily accessible from Paris by train or car starting with one of the closest points of entry, Giverny, just under an hour away, the D-Day Landing Beaches 3 hours away and the glorious Mont-Saint-Michel in just under four. UNESCO Sites: 5 sites listed in Normandy! The Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay, Le Havre city centre, Alençon needle point lace, The Vauban Tower on Tatihou Island and the Bayeux Tapestry. Normandy, the land of Freedom and the world’s most famous coasts: 80 sites dedicated to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Every year around the 6th of June, towns along the D-Day Landing Beaches mobilize to honor the Allied Forces who, with great sacrifice, liberated Normandy, France and the rest of Europe. A host of events, shows and celebrations are offered. The cradle of Impressionism: Normandy of course! Normandy will shine from April 16 to September 26, 2016 during the 3rd edition of the Impressionist Festival. There will be hundreds of events during the spring and summer featuring over 25 exhibitions that will showcase portraiture. Mont-Saint-Michel: the largest Bay tides in continental Europe. The Wonder of the Western World has now magically become an island once more. This is the time to discover or revisit the mount, which is now car-free, to enjoy the new access routes on foot or by shuttle bus and experience the new bridge. Cycling: a reliable network of cycle routes in Normandy. Combine outdoor activities with exploring the must-see sites such as the Mont-Saint-Michel, the D-Day Landing Beaches, the Bayeux tapestry with stops in Giverny, to name but a few… The Tour de France is coming to town. It will begin on July 2, 2016 at the foot of the Mont-St-Michel. The first stage will cross the Cotentin Peninsula to Saint-Marie-du-Mont at Utah Beach, where US forces landed over 70 years ago on D-Day, to free Normandy, France and Europe. Still in Normandy for stage two, riders will then race from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg, along the Côte des Isles and leave the next day from the seaside town of Granville. A land of culinary delights: The milk produced by the region’s Pie Norman cows, the France’s finest crème fraiche (on an apple pie... delicious), cheeses like the Camembert, Pont-L’Évêque, Livarot, Neufchâtel, and of course its Calvados and savory cider. Top sites visited by American travelers in Normandy: n°1 Giverny, n°2 Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel (in terms of paying entries) The American Film Festival in Deauville every beginning of September -


Edouard Valère
Normandy Tourist Board