Visited by over three million people each year, Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was in this exceptional setting that monks decided to build an abbey at the end of the 10th century. Destroyed by the wars and rebuilt by the monks, the site was subject to the wrath of history and the evolution of religious architecture over the following centuries – yet never ceased to gain in beauty. Definitively completed at the end of the 19th century, this architectural masterpiece is well worth the 450 steps leading to its summit. And once at the top, you can enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the immense bay. Cast off from Granville and sail a few kilometers south to visit this world-class monument.
Whilst they do not form the most attractive coastline of Normandy, the beaches chosen for the Allied Forces landings in 1944 are among the most captivating sites in the Normandy region. Plunging visitors back into one of the most dramatic episodes in 20th century history, these sites of remembrance are sure to move all visitors. From the Côte de Nacre to the edge of Cotentin, every beach, site, memorial and cemetery tells a different human story.
Proclaimed by many as the most beautiful natural coastal sites of Upper Normandy, the cliffs of Étretat have been immortalized by many famous painters down through the years. A series of chalk cliffs, including three natural arches and a rock formation called the Needle comprise the Étretat Chalk Complex. Aboard your chartered yacht in Normandy, what better way to see this stunning towering landscape! It’s the ideal place to capture some stunning Instagram-worthy pictures.
Bordering the English Channel means that this region has a plentiful supply of delicious and fresh seafood. Have your pick of clams, scallops, oysters or mussels aboard your boat charter in Normandy … your cook will only be delighted to prepare some local culinary dishes such as Marmite Dieppoise (a fish stew) or Coquille Saint Jacques (a scallop, shrimp and mussel-based dish).
Normandy’s ‘chaumières’ or thatched country cottages are rarely seen in other parts of metropolitan France. This medieval and Gothic-influenced architecture has a distinctive aesthetic and feel. You’ll notice a distinct contrast between the new and the old as much of these buildings were rebuilt following the Second World War. These dainty homes are charming, unique and full of character.
From abroad, it’s best to fly into Paris (Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports) and then continue your onward journey to Normandy by train (daily departures from Paris). Caen-Carpiquet airport, located in the Normandy region, operates some regional flights to other European cities including London, UK. Several major airline companies operate direct flights from Paris to the USA and Canada. You can choose from a variety of marinas to begin your yacht charter in Normandy including Le Havre, Deauville, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Cherbourg-Octeville, Granville and more.
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