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Located in France’s northwestern corner, Normandy offers a charming mix of scenic beauty and cultural and historic significance. Its beaches are among the region’s most famous attractions; those in Calvados County are where the allied troops landed in France during the Second World War. Another coastal attraction is Mont Saint-Michel, a medieval abbey perched on an isolated rocky island. While it’s now accessible by road, many visitors choose to trek across the ocean floor at low tide to reach it.
If you’re looking for a more contemporary seaside scene, Normandy has that, too. In Deauville and Trouville, you’ll find understated glamour in each town’s chic beachside setting. Inland, you’ll enjoy the beautiful, lush gardens at Giverny, Monet’s country home, and marvel at the story of the Norman conquest of England as depicted on the famed Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux. The region truly offers a wealth of appeal, and a Normandy villa puts you in the center of it all.
Apples – Normandy is famous for its verdant apple orchards bordering the sea. Try the fragrant fruit in cakes, tarts, cidre bouché (sparkling cider), and Calvados apple brandy.
Cheese – With a wealth of grazing vaches normandes – plump brown-and-white cows – cow’s-milk cheese rules the region’s fromage scene, particularly the Camembert de Normandie. Other famous regional cheeses include Neufchâtel, Pont-L'Evêque and Livarot.
Oysters – Normandy’s port towns on the Cotentin Peninsula are famous for their delicious briny oysters, served in area restaurants with shallot vinegar and bread.
Omelettes –The omelettes in Mont-Saint-Michel are world famous. You can find omelettes anywhere in the area, but legendary restaurant La Mère Poulard reputedly serves the very best: crusty on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside.