Lower Normandy, or Basse-Normandie in French, is a region in France located in the northwest of the country. Lower Normandy is bordered by the regions of Upper Normandy, Brittany, Pays-de-la-Loire and the Loire Valley, as well as the English Channel. Lower Normandy, France was originally part of the region of Normandy until the region was divided into Upper and Lower Normandy in 1956. Normandy’s population declined by more than 38% between the years 1851 and 1946 and has still remained small in these two regions. Although Basse-Normandie’s population, approximately one and a half million, is among the smallest in France, it has more people per square mile than almost all other regions in France. Lower Normandy, France consists of three departments: Manche, Orne and Calvados.

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DUBOC isabelle
Guesthouse Sleeps 4
Rates 65 - 180 EUR
Le Clos Castel B&B
B&B Sleeps 7
Rates 50 - 65 EUR
La Baudonniere
Cottage Sleeps 2
Rates 45 - 70 EUR
la Baudonnière
Cottage Sleeps 2
Rates 60 - 65 EUR
Duplex Marina Deauville
Apartment Sleeps 5
Rates 75 - 100 EUR
Le Petit Vatel
Hotel Sleeps 1
Rates 50 - 90 EUR
Chateau St Charles Percy B&B
Castle Sleeps 9
Rates 60 - 70 EUR
La Thiaumerie
B&B Sleeps 9
Rates 65 - 125 EUR
Domaine de la Rue charming B&B
B&B Sleeps 8
Rates 95 - 140 EUR
LE QUESNAY
Cottage Sleeps 8
Rates 40 - 70 GBP
Studio Ramses
Apartment Sleeps 3
Rates 50 - 65 EUR

Normandy Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in France

During World War II, Normandy was the location of the turning point when allied troops invaded the German occupation of France on D-Day (June 6, 1944). The department of Calvados is now lined with D-Day beaches that are frequently called by the codenames they had during wartime. These D-Day beaches include Utah, Omaha, Sword, Gold and Juno, which are popular areas for Lower Normandy vacations.

Tourists find the Lower Normandy accommodations and Normandy vacation rentals located near these Calvados beaches to be among the best in France and many Normandy gites are located in close proximity. These Normandy gites include chateaus, inns, bed and breakfasts, condos, villas and hotels. Also found in Calvados is the city of Bayeux, a well-liked area that contains various sites for travelers to explore.

Bayeux is famous for attractions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Museum of Bayeux Tapestry and the Bayeux War Cemetery. The Bayeux Notre Dame Cathedral was mainly built in a thirteenth-century Norman Gothic style, but the arches, crypt and lower parts of the entrance towers are in an eleventh-century Romanesque style. The Bayeux Tapestry, which has been called the “world’s most celebrated piece of embroidery,” can be found in the Museum of Bayeux Tapestry. The Bayeux Tapestry is two hundred and thirty feet long and is made up of fifty-eight scenes that re-tell the story of England’s Norman Conquest. The Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest military cemetery in Normandy, with almost five thousand graves of soldiers that are from eleven different countries. Normandy France vacation rentals and Normandy France accommodations are scattered throughout this area.

Lower Normandy, France is also well-known for its production of food. Two of the main dishes that are served in the region are the Filet Mignon de Porc Normande (pork tenderloin with apples and onions in cider) and the Moules à la Normande (mussels in a cream and white wine sauce). Apples are often produced for cider and apple-flavored liquor. Lower Normandy is also said to have butter and cheese (including Camembert and Brie) that are incomparable to any American butter and cheese. If you book a Lower Normandy accommodation through Vacations-abroad.com for your vacation, you will be able to experience these amazing sites and delicious food for yourself!