Camping Holidays in Normandy
A camping holiday in Normandy is but a hop, skip and jump across the English Channel, making it a getaway destination that’s hard to resist! The region is steeped in history from William the Conqueror times to the D-Day landings of World War II, but let’s also celebrate it for spectacular cliffs, stretches of golden beaches, rolling countryside and fun family holiday attractions. Siblu's holiday park Domaine de Litteau – perfectly situated in deepest Calvados – is a great base for exploring all of these delights.
Beaches & The Great Outdoors
Grandcamp, Omaha and Arromanches are synonymous with the D-Day landings, and to visit them is informative, poignant and thought-provoking in equal measure. And yet these are definitely must-see places in their own right with sandy beaches just right for a spot of paddling and some sandcastle building. You can also get adventurous with thrilling water sports: from sand yachting to kite surfing the region’s long, glorious coastline offers it all. Further inland, the area south of Caen that locals call ‘la Suisse Normande’ has rolling hills along the River Orne. Whether you’re a fan of hill walking, fly-fishing or in need of buckets of fresh air, a holiday in Normandy is the place for you!
Things To Do & Special Events
To breathe more life into history lessons from your schooldays, take a trip to Bayeux for its eponymous tapestry-come-embroidered “comic strip” telling the story of the Battle of Hastings, and gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Then there’s mesmerising Mont St Michel, rising majestically out of the sea. Explore its abbey, cloisters and ramparts. Witness Europe’s strongest tides at Baie du Mont St Michel. Or hear crocodiles snap, get lost in a dragon maze and meet the tortoises at unique Alligator Bay. When it’s time for a change in tempo, Ouga Park south of Caen is a giant indoor fun park – a place to let kids big and small let off steam.
Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems
Normandy is France’s land of milk, cream and cheese: now you can discover how a ripened, oozy Camembert should really taste! If you’re feeling brave, try pungent andouillette – a tripe sausage that’s not for the faint-hearted. Easier on the palate, the region’s bountiful orchards produce sweet apples for juices, cider and the finest of tarts. Or regional tipples such as Calvados, an apple ‘brandy’, and Pommeau, an enticing cider-Calvados mix. Port-en-Bessin is a pretty fishing port – try lunching on the freshest of seafood – delicate Coquille St. Jacques (scallops) are a particular favourite and specialty of the region. And fascinating Cité de la Mer near Cherbourg is well worth a visit to start or end your holiday especially if you decide to use the town’s ferry terminal.
Places To Go
Picture-postcard-perfect Honfleur: truly lovely with a tiny inner harbour lined with chic terraced cafes. Glamorous Deauville: boardwalk, beaches, and a favourite of movie stars, it will win you over, for sure! Or how about urban yet historic Caen: from fascinating museums and shops to cycle tours and great town parks, it’ll keep everyone busy.
Camping in Normandy France: it’s a holiday of unexpected delights…