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2024 Guide: 10 Compelling Reasons to Explore Normandy

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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.

Discover Normandy in 2024: 10 Unmissable Reasons to Visit

From historic commemorations and special events to picturesque coastal towns and delicious cuisine, Normandy truly has it all. As we step into 2024, here are the top 10 reasons why Normandy should be on your travel list this year:

1. 80th Anniversary of D-Day

2024 marks the 80th Anniversary of the historic D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. This pivotal period led to the liberation of France and Europe. Throughout the year, Normandy will host an unprecedented program of commemorative events. Take part in this unique year of remembrance and honor the past.

 

Take part of this unique year of commemorations.

2. 150th Anniversary of Impressionism

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Impressionist art movement in 2024. Normandy, a major Impressionist destination, hosts the Normandy Impressionist Festival from March 22 to September 22.

Enjoy exhibitions and themed experiences, and don't miss a visit to Monet's house, a cornerstone of Impressionism.

 

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

3. Cultural Richness

Beyond its wartime history, Normandy is rich in culture. Explore charming villages, medieval architecture, and local cuisine. Savor renowned Camembert cheese and indulge in delicious Norman cider.

The region's blend 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 its turbulent history.

Enjoy leisurely walks along the stunning coastline, visit the iconic Mont Saint-Michel, and experience the tranquil beauty that coexists with wartime memories.

 

 

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

Spring 2024 sees the opening of the first ‘Immersive Viking City’ on Rouen’s quaysides. Given Normandy's Viking heritage, this museum is a must-visit. Discover the rich Viking history and its impact on the region.

 

©Cités immersives

6. 50th Edition of the Deauville American Film Festival

Since 1975, the Deauville American Film Festival has celebrated American cinema in Normandy’s famous seaside resort. From September 6 to 15, Deauville hosts the 50th edition of this prestigious event, second only to Cannes in France. Major events are open to the public, promising an exciting experience.. 

 



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. Alternatively, catch a train from Paris Saint-Lazare station and be in Giverny in 60 minutes or Rouen in 80 minutes. Its proximity to Paris makes Normandy an easy and convenient destination.

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 you haven’t yet visited this enchanting island commune, now is the time. Explore the medieval abbey and witness awe-inspiring views that have made it an iconic landmark.

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

10. Featured in Lonely Planet’s Best Places to Visit

Normandy is featured in Lonely Planet’s list of best places to travel in 2024! Rediscover this venerated region through a new eco-lens, as recommended by Lonely Planet.

See you soon in France !

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