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10 best reasons to visit Normandy in 2024

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As we step into the historic year of 2024, there are more reasons than ever to make Normandy your next travel destination.

From historic commemorations and special events, to picturesque coastal towns and delicious cuisine, the destination truly has it all!

Here are 10 best reasons to visit Normandy this year :


1. It's the 80th Anniversary of D-Day 

2024 will mark the 80th Anniversary of the historic event of D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. This period led to the liberation of France and Europe. On this special occasion and all year long, the destination will offer an unprecedented program of events.



Take part of this unique year of commemorations.


2. It's the 150th Anniversary of Impressionism 

In 2024, we also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Impressionist art movement. Normandy is a major Impressionist Destination. Discover the main event, the Normandy Impressionist Festival which returns from March 22 to September 22. Visitors can expect exhibitions and themed experiences.


Plan a visit to famous Monet house, one of the main Impressionism sites !


3. Cultural Richness

Beyond its wartime history, Normandy is a region steeped in cultural richness. Explore charming villages, medieval architecture, and local cuisine. Savor the renowned Camembert cheese and indulge in the delicious Norman cider. The juxtaposition of historical significance and cultural charm makes Normandy a uniquely rewarding destination.



4. Scenic Beauty of the destination

Normandy's picturesque landscapes, from rolling hills to dramatic cliffs, provide a serene backdrop to the turbulent history of the region. Enjoy leisurely walks along the stunning coastline, visit the iconic Mont Saint-Michel, and experience the tranquil beauty that coexists with the wartime memories.




5. It's the opening of the new immersive Viking Museum in Rouen

Next spring, the very first ‘Immersive Viking City’ will open on Rouen’s quaysides. Normandy’s capital city is the perfect location for this new structure. Indeed, Normandy takes its name from the Viking invaders who menaced large parts of Europe towards the end of the 1st millennium.


©Cités immersives


6. It's the 50th Edition of the Deauville American Film Festival 

The Deauville American Film Festival is a yearly event devoted to American cinema, which has taken place since 1975 in Normandy’s most famous seaside resort. From September 6 to 15, Deauville hosts the 50th edition of what is now the biggest French film festival after Cannes. Major events are open to the public. 




7. It's easy to get there from Paris, Olympics Games major location

Normandy is just an hour’s drive from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. You can also catch a train from Paris Saint-Lazare station and 60 minutes later you’ll be in Giverny or 80 minutes later in Rouen!



8. Scenic countryside and outdoor activities

Immerse yourself in the picturesque Normandy countryside. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, or cycling through the lush green landscapes, and discover hidden gems off the beaten path, an unique way to discover the destination !



9. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site : Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an architectural masterpiece rising from the sea. If youo don't know yet this beautiful site, it's now time to visit this enchanting island commune, explore the medieval abbey, and witness the awe-inspiring views that have made it one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.

Book your full-day tour in Mont Saint-Michel with us !



10. It is one of the best places to visit in 2024 according to ...

... Lonely Planet ! Normandy is featured in Lonely Planet’s list of best places to travel in 2024! Lonely Planet invites its readers to “rediscover this venerated region through a new eco-lens.


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See you soon in France !

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