Nature activities in Normandy

  • Normandy countryside

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    Normandy countryside

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  • Horses in a reserve

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    Horses in a reserve

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  • Mont Saint-Michel

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    Mont Saint-Michel

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  • On the way through Normandy

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    On the way through Normandy

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  • Normandy

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    Normandy

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Nature activities in Normandy 14000 Caen fr

The Normandy Region has four Regional Natural Parks with varying characteristics and landscapes: the Normandy-Maine Park, the Regional Natural Park of Perche, the Regional Natural Park of the Boucles de la Seine as well as the Marais du Cotentin and Bessin.

A holiday in this region, with its coastline on the channel as well as countryside, is an opportunity to enjoy numerous outdoor activities, notably pleasant hikes, horseback rides and bicycling.

Hiking

The pleasures of hiking also take up the road of the Santiago pilgrims in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. The GR 223 follows the contours of the Cotentin, and the Val de Saire, near Barfleur. But you can also walk along the coast towards Nez de Jobourg and the dunes in Carterets-Barneville, where with any luck you will see the dolphins leaping in the sea off the coast (don't forget your binoculars!). Elsewhere, there are plenty of walking routes to take to see the historical heritage of the region: impressive abbeys, the Viking origins of William the Conqueror, etc.

Cyclotourism

Green routes are also springing up near the coast (Saint-Valéry-en-Caux, Dieppe) and in the heart of the countryside (Forges-les-Eaux, pays de Bray, etc.). Even more, the Eure provides great bicycle paths that go through charming towns such as Pont-Audemer, Le Bec-Hellouin, Evreux and soon Gisors and Giverny, famous for the gardens laid out by Monet.

Equestrian Activities

Normandy is also an ideal region for those who love horses. More than 90 equestrian centres offer the opportunity to discover the area on horseback: initiation, development, walks lasting a couple of hours or hiking for several days, along the coast or in the heart of the grove, leisure riding is a nice alternative for enjoying the landscapes of Normandy.

Navigable waterways

While waterways are not very prominent here, it's a nice idea to take a boat out on the River Orne and sail on the Seine, between the cities of Rouen and Vernon. 

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