Built on a branch of the river Risle, Pont-Audemer, a dynamic and picturesque town with many facets, retains the memories of its prosperous past. The canals of the so-called "Venice of Normandy" still tell the story of the tanneries that made its reputation in the eighteenth century.
Whether you are fond of hiking and nature or history and old stones, its surroundings offer many possibilities. Nature walks in the heart of the Marais Vernier; The impressive Château d'Harcourt and its arboretum; The Abbey of Bec-Hellouin, a spiritual center of reference in the Middle Ages and the majestic Château du Champ de Bataille renovated by the designer Jacques Garcia are among the must-sees of the region.
Further along the road to Deauville, the Pays d'Auge flourishes, with its meadows where horses and apple trees meet, its half-timbered houses, its manor houses and of course its famous terroir (cheeses: Livarot, Pont-l ' Evèque... and cider production: cider, cider liqueur, Calvados ...). Continuing towards the coast, the immense beaches of Deauville and Trouville open their arms. Their elegant villas, their casinos, the fishermen's houses and the auction of Trouville, the famous American film festival of Deauville and many other leisure activities await you there.
Going north, the picturesque old harbour of Honfleur, its museums and historical monuments witness its prestigious maritime past ...; The Pont de Normandie, a magnificent work that allows you to reach the opposite bank of the Seine towards Le Havre, the cliffs of Etretat or Fécamp and its Benedictine palace... Summer and winter, the region offers you a very wide range of visits and activities to discover.
Founded around 1034 by a Knight of the Count of Brionne, a named Hellouin (or Herluin), the abbey Bec Bec quickly became an important center of Christendom under the impulse of two men. The builder Lanfranc of Pavia and the philosopher Anselmo of Aosta made the fame of this small corner of Normandy ............ Besel its religious buildings, Bec-Hellouin is distinguished by its exceptional situation, its quiet and flowery streets, and half-timbered houses.
Ideas for walks
Take the Route des chaumières on foot or by bike. If you opt for walking, another itinerary is advisable: that of the "Path of Discovery of the Marsh" which enables you to penetrate the heart of the swamp. The Vernier Marsh is a vast wetland protected by reed beds and swampy meadows where fish ospreys, grey herons, peregrine falcons, white storks and horses live ... Camargue style. Pedal, look, listen! Along the way, make a stop at the Grand Mare to observe the birds or else at Saint-Samson-de-la-Roque where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Marais and the Seine Estuary.
Impressionist Festival in Normandy
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We are located in the center of the Museums of Le Havre, Rouen, Caen and not far from Giverny
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A fortress of earth, wood and then stone, today this impressive 12th and 14th century castle is a fine example of medieval architecture, one of the best preserved in Normandy. It preserves its feudal appearance in the West by the presence of the double ditch, the fortified enclosure of the poultry yard and the circular towers flanking the facade.