Normandy vacations are one of a kind. This coastal city features a beautiful countryside, gorgeous beaches, private holiday cottages, and outstanding cuisine. Moreover, it was on the beaches of Normandy, France, where the allies landed at the end of the Second World War, making this area especially meaningful for many men and their families. Some come back every year to remember the loss of friends or to remain grateful for having survived. In fact, the Battle of Normandy and D-Day are some of the most important events in the history of World War II.
With the multitude of tourists planning Normandy vacations each year, the travel industry has responded by producing plenty of Normandy guidebooks filled with suggestions on what to do, where to go, and what to see in Normandy. For instance, did you know that many of the world's most famous cheeses stem from Normandy? The next time you eat Camembert, know that it originated in the Normandy village of the same name. Other specialty cheeses produced in the region include Neufchatel, Livarot, and Pont L'Eveque. If you are a seafood lover, Normandy is the place to go for shellfish, fresh oysters, and mussels. Caught off of the coasts of Manche and Calvados, you will find plenty of outstanding seafood restaurants in the area.
When planning Normandy vacations, one of the first things to consider is where you're going to stay. You could stay in one of Normandy's first-class hotels, but many Normandy visitors opt to rent a holiday cottage instead. In fact, Normandy is renowned for its roomy vacation cottages where you gain the all the benefit of living at home. In case you're worried about the expense, if you're staying in Normandy for more than a few days renting a cottage won't cost you much more than a hotel. Moreover, you'll enjoy a great view, a fully stocked kitchen, and privacy. Since you will be living among the locals, you also get to experience Normandy firsthand, shopping and mingling with the natives.
If you are interested in Normandy history, find out about Tours of the D-Day beaches and battlefields, or visit the military cemeteries yourself. You can also go to see the Longues Battery casemates, where 150-mm guns were stored to protect the beaches from invasion, or the Mont Fleury Battery, which was damaged by the bombardment.
One thing most people don't know about Normandy vacations is that motorcycle tours of the region are gaining in popularity. However if a two-wheeler is not your style, you also have the choice of a carrier type vehicle which fits a number of passengers, as well as your choice of tour routes.