Normandy is situated along the English Channel coast of Northern France between Brittany (to the west) and Picardy (to the east) and comprises territory in northern France and the Channel Islands. The principal cities in Normandy are Rouen, Caen, Le Havre and Cherbourg. It is best known for the D-Day Allied invasion on June 6, 1944.
Normandy is divided into two main areas; Upper and Lower Normandy. The division is a natural one; the Seine River. People visit Upper Normandy for the Scenery, Lower Normandy for the History and Cities. There are many castles and attractive villages spread all over the province. You will find a lot of museums and many war cemeteries and monuments dedicated to both World Wars.
Things to See & Do
* White cliffs of the Alabaster Coast in Etretat
* Old city of Honfleur
* D-Day landing beaches of Omaha and Utah beaches
* Cotentin Peninsula
* Rugged landscapes around La Hague
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – French
Land Area – 30,627 km²
Population – 3,450,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 33
Port Location – There are ports located at Cherbourg, Le Havre, Fecamp and Dieppe.
Travel Links – Trains leave Paris from Gare Saint-Lazare to Rouen, Caen, Lisieux and Cherbourg. You can catch trains from these places to other destinations such as Deauville, Valognes, Carentan or Bayeux.
Brittany Ferries to Ouistréham, near Caen, from Portsmouth, and to Cherbourg from Portsmouth and Poole . LD Lines to Le Havre from Portsmouth, and to Dieppe from Newhaven.
Travellers from London and South East England can use the more frequent, ferry services, or the Channel Tunnel to Calais, and then drive to Normandy on the good motorway routes across Northern France.