There are five separate departments which make up this region of northern France. Normandy comprises Calvados, Eure, Manche, Orne and Seine-Maritime. Although the region is loosely based on the historic Duchy of Normandy, the area is very much part of modern France with well over three million inhabitants. UK holidaymakers enjoy Normandy for many reasons including the fact that it is so easy to reach either from its principal port in Cherbourg or from Calais in nearby Hauts-de-France. Le Havre is another good way of reaching Normandy since it has connecting services to Portsmouth.
Transports in Normandy
WHEN TO GO TO NORMANDY ?
If you are into shopping, then head to the city of Rouen which has many famous brands plus independent boutiques with something for everyone. Its magnificent cathedral is well worth a visit, too.
Featuring roller-coasters, water slides, bumper boats and other rides, Festyland near Caen is an historically themed adventure park great for a family day out.
With so much cider making going on in the region, you should visit at least one orchard to sample the produce as it is first pressed. Norman cider is among the best in the world.