Le Mont-Saint-Michel (50 minutes)

An unforgettable sight as if from a fairy tale

A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations, this holy mount is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is its breath-taking bay.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/discover/normandy-must-sees/the-10-top-normandy-must-sees/mont-saint-michel-106-2.html

 

Dinan (1 hour 20 minutes)

The port where time has stood still

Dinan is without doubt one of the most attractive and best preserved small towns in Brittany. With its 1.8 mile (3km)-long ramparts, half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops, it’s worth a day of anyone’s time.

See more at http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/saint-malo-mont-saint-michel-bay/unmissable-sites/dinan

 

Dinard (1 hour 25 minutes)

Stunning 19th Century and Art Deco buildings and restful seaside walks

This chic seaside resort is all about the glamour of yesteryear with glorious villas, beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants.

See more at http://www.brittanytourism.com/ideas/short-break/dinard

Cancale (1 hour 20 minutes)

An attractive old fishing village famed for its oysters

Mention Cancale to a Frenchman or a foodie and the instant response will be ‘oysters’; the magnificent molluscs have been cultivated in this attractive fishing village for hundreds of years. There are also breath-taking views over the Baie de St Michel and scenic walks around the coast.

See more at http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/saint-malo-mont-saint-michel-bay/unmissable-sites/cancale

 

St Malo (1 hour 20 minutes)

An historic city port with a fully restored walled quarter

Walking through the cobbled streets of St Malo’s old town feels like you’ve stepped back in time. This popular tourist destination and busy ferry port offers visitors an authentic glimpse into Brittany’s important seafaring past. The most popular district is intra muros or ‘inside the walls’. The tall granite buildings, most of which were restored after being bombed during the war, house an interesting mix of shops and cosy restaurants to suit all tastes.

See more at http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/saint-malo-mont-saint-michel-bay/unmissable-sites/saint-malo

 

Granville (1 hour)

A seaside resort with a fabulous view

Granville commands stunning views of the Bay of the Mont Saint-Michel from its fortified headland. Enjoy this invigorating resort’s wonderful array of ports, quarters and beaches, plus its museums, one devoted to local genius Christian Dior.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/granville-276-2.html

 

Lac de la Dathée (20 minutes)

A spectacular natural setting for golf, water sports and fishing

A 43 hectare lake set in beautiful Normandy countryside, Lac de la Dathée is a glorious location for walking and picnics. Anglers will enjoy fishing, particularly for carp and pike; water sports enthusiasts can rent canoes, kayaks, pedalos, catamarans and sailboats; and the 18-hole golf course is one of the most picturesque that you can imagine.

 

Bayeux (1 hour 10 minutes)

An historic city with the world-famous tapestry depicting the conquest of England

Bayeux boasts a fabulous historic centre with a magnificent cathedral as well as its world-famous, UNESCO-listed tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The city had the great good fortune to be swiftly liberated by the Allies in June 1944, but its war museum and British cemetery recall the sacrifices made in these parts.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/discover/normandy-must-sees/the-10-top-normandy-must-sees/bayeux-191-2.html

 

D-Day sites, museums and memorials

The D-Day landings of 6th June 1944 were a turning point in World War II. There is so much to see within a short drive of Serendipity at Le Vieux Moulin, from Caen city and its war museum to the beaches and the poignant reminders of the allies’ sacrifice at the war cemeteries.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/things-to-do/sites-and-attractions/d-day-and-the-battle-of-normandy-113-2.html

 

The beaches

See where the Allied troops of Britain, America, Canada and many more countries landed on the now-famous beaches to begin the liberation of Europe from German occupation. There are excellent museums along the coast.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/sites-and-attractions/the-d-day-landing-beaches-5-2.html

 

Arromanches (1 hour 25 minutes)

No other port is more closely linked with the liberation of Western Europe after D-Day. Along with the staggeringly big concrete blocks remaining from the Mulberry Harbour towed over from Britain in June 1944, war museums bring the massive Allied operations here back to life. But Arromanches is also an appealing resort today.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/arromanches-564-2.html

 

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (1 hour 15 minutes)

Quaint, quiet Sainte-Mère-Eglise became involved in one of the greatest exploits in military history in the night of 5 to 6 June 1944, as D-Day began. American paratroopers were dropped all around the area, and in the village itself. Famously, American soldier John Steele was left dangling for a time from the medieval church as his parachute got caught on its tower.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/sainte-mere-eglise-565-2.html

 

Falaise (1 hour 5 minutes)

Birthplace of William the Conqueror

A tremendously imposing medieval castle still dominates the town of Falaise. It acts as a reminder that this was the birthplace of the fearsome William the Conqueror, although the fortifications you now see date from after his time. Falaise suffered appallingly in the latter stages of the 1944 Battle of Normandy, but it has attractions beyond its great fort.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/falaise-341-2.html

 

Domfront (30 minutes)

History comes to life in the medieval quarter

The Castle of Domfront was built on an outcrop of Armorican sandstone and is a remarkable defensive site. Today the area around the castle is home to shops, bars and restaurants in attractive medieval buildings.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/pcu/castle-of-domfront/domfront-en-poiraie/fiche-PCUNOR061FS0008B-2.html

 

Bagnoles-de-l’Orne (45 minutes)

An elegant spa town with a casino and racecourse

Built beside a romantic lake and hiding in magnificent forests, this charming thermal spa town nestles in the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park. With an elegant casino and racecourse as well as its renovated thermal spa centre, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne makes for a deeply relaxing break.

See more at http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/bagnoles-de-l-orne-379-2.html

 

Fougères (55 minutes)

1000 years of history

The main reason to visit Fougères is to see its magnificent castle, one of the finest fortresses in Europe, but this little town on the Brittany-Normandy border also has a lovely medieval district and a lively Saturday-morning market.

See more at http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/rennes-and-brittany-s-historic-gateways/unmissable-sites/fougeres

 

 

Other fascinating and beautiful attractions within easy reach include:

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Attractions within easy reach

Normandy is blessed with a wide selection of beautiful destinations ranging from UNESCO World Heritage sites to villages listed as "Les plus beaux villages de France", as well as exciting experiences for all the family.

Here are just a few of our favourites, with approximate driving times:

Le Vieux Moulin

Le Moulin d’Esson

50150 Sourdeval

France

 

Tel: (0033)2 33 70 96 21

Email: contact@serendipitygite.com

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