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About the Basse Normandie Region
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There is 600 kms. of coastline which varies from long sandy beaches, pebbled Coves to Dramatic Cliffs.
Around the cape la Hague peninsular are some of the strongest tidal
flows in the world and between the port of Granville and the channel
island of Jersey are a cluster of low lying but picturesque
islands. The famous island of Mont St Michel is just off the
coast in the corner that adjoins Brittany, here again the tidal streams
are so fierce that it is said to outrun a horse. The sea food in this
region is some of the finest in France.
On the other side of the Cherbourg Peninsular the charming seaside
village of Honfleur can be found. Its picturesque port is a favorite
with visiting yachtsmen and there are some great waterside restaurants.
The D-Day landing beach of Juno where the Canadians landed is a tourist
The Large Sea Port of Cherbourg has one of the largest harbours on the
French north coast, its has a large naval base, a ferry port and large
marina. Around the inner harbour are some excellent harbourside bars
cafes and restaurants. The striking granite built properties give the
town a solid robust feel and one can easily see why Napoleon use
Cherbourg as his fortress against the English.
Inland there are magnificent forests, relaxed agricultural land with
flowing streams and apple orchards. The famous Calvados brandy is one
of the major exports and the Camembert cheese was first produced in the
village of the same name in the department of Orne.
The town of Bayer is one of the most visited towns in the area due to
the Tapestry which celebrates the Normand conquest of Britain in 1066
by William the conquerer.
Places to Visit.
The Cider Ride
Claude Monets Gardens
Mont St Michel
The Normandy Beaches
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