Ranked #5 in France Tourism
Normandy, a region in France combines a 360 mile striking shoreline, including the radically reminiscent World War II landing beaches, with the largest military landing in history taking place in Normandy in 1944.
Normandy, France Attractions
One of the most popular attractions in the northern region of Normandy is the sea arches in the town of Etretat. Etretat is known for its cliffs and natural arches. These incredibly beautiful three arches can be seen from the town except the biggest one of them all – “Manneporte”. To enjoy this breathtaking view you need to go up the cliff and go at low tide so that you can walk under the arch. Look up online for weather conditions in Etretat before planning your visit to see these white cliffs created by erosion. There are train and bus services from Paris to Etretat, so be sure to check the schedules online before planning your trip. You can even drive to Etretat, which is about 2 and a half hours long and park your car on the closest beach.
Another great attraction not to be missed is the historic Omaha Beach. Omaha Beach is one of the World War II landing beaches in Normandy in 1944. Now, this is a place where you cannot really get yourselves to enjoy beach activities or even just relax on the beach that brought so much death. This sacred site is definitely worth a visit to marvel at how so many fearless soldiers landed and fought back in the day.
Overlooking Omaha beach is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, yet another great site to visit. This cemetery honors all American soldiers who died during World War II in the region and a memorial for those soldiers whose bodies were not found.
Normandy region in France has so much to offer in terms of history and scenic beauty that spending a week or 10 days is totally worthwhile and there are plenty of other notable sites you could visit, such as, Pointe du Hoc, Notre Dame Cathedral, British War Cemetery, Mont St Michel and many more.