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The Lower Normandy area guide

Things to do

Lower Normandy is one of the 27 administrative regions that make up the country of France. This beautiful part of the country, located on the English Channel side of France, was created in 1956 when the region of Normandy was divided into Upper and Lower Normandy. The region is home to roughly 1.45 million residents – which accounts for around 2% of the total population of France. Caen is the capital city of Lower Normandy and is home to 420,000 people in its wider urban area.

Lower Normandy is famed for its ancient structures, sites and attractions – so any history buffs looking to relocate to this area will no doubt feel right at home! Le Mont-Saint-Michel is arguably the site that the Normandy region is most famous for. This stunning walled island settlement features a huge Benedictine Abbey perched on top of the island, which offers beautiful views out over the bay where the region of Brittany meets Normandy. Travel to this UNESCO world heritage site when the tide is out and you will discover a number of fabulous restaurants, museums and other stores lining the steep streets and stairways that wind their way up to the top of the mountain.

Normandy was badly affected during the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War and the beaches of the Calvados region were the site of the famous D-Day landings that saw the Allied forces begin their efforts to liberate France from the Nazis. As a result of the extensive damage that occurred during this point in time, many of the villages in the region were nearly destroyed – although they have now been rebuilt and thoroughly modernised.

Places to eat

Seeing as Normandy is a region famed for its local produce, it should come as no surprise that you will be able to find great restaurants in almost any city or town you travel to, no matter how small. One restaurant that comes highly recommended is Le Bréard in Honfleur. This charming restaurant is set inside an ancient townhouse and serves up a slightly alternative, but no less delicious interpretation of classic Norman cuisine.

Another restaurant that is definitely worth a visit is the Michelin-starred Restaurant Stéphan Carbone. Located in the super-modern city centre of Caen, the interior of this fabulous restaurant resembles that of an Asian hotel. Food here is an interesting take on traditional French cuisine and critics have said that the quality and flavour of the meals fully justify its Michelin-star rating.


When it comes to shopping, the city of Caen is most likely going to be the best place to go in order to find some of the high street brands familiar to the United Kingdom. Brands like Zara, Foot Locker and New Look all have stores here. There is also the Centre Commercial Saint-Clair – which boasts more than 60 shops under one roof, including H&M, Carrefour and more.

As mentioned earlier, the Lower Normandy region places great importance on locally grown produce and, as a result, most towns in the area are home to a number of brilliant markets. Shoppers here will be able to pick up a range of goods, including everything from fish to fruit and vegetables, cheeses, and cider.

Getting there & around

Since Lower Normandy has a strong tourism industry, there are a number of connections available to those looking to relocate to the region from abroad with ease – especially if you are coming from England. A number of direct ferry links travel from the area to England, the majority of which leave from the ports of Cherbourg and Caen Ouistreham.

Those looking to fly into Lower Normandy from the United Kingdom will also be able to do so. Most flights to the region land at either Deauville-Normandy Airport in Deauville or Caen la Mer Airport in Caen. There is also the option of reaching the area by train from the city of Paris.

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