Head to north-west France and visit the beautiful region of Normandy. Here you will discover a cultural experience like no other – from the paintings of Claude Monet to the D-Day beaches, Normandy apartments will enrich your appreciation for art and history. With a backdrop of picturesque architecture in cities such as Honfleur and Rouen, this French region is the perfect destination for your next European break.
Discover the settings of Monet's paintings
For a culture and art break, Normandy holiday cottages are the perfect setting. Birthplace of renowned impressionist painter Claude Monet, Normandy exudes the pastel brilliance of France, and is rich with cultural attractions, many of which were the subjects for Monet’s paintings - particularly in Honfleur. If you're a big Monet fan, you can travel to Giverny and view Monet's charming country house and gardens there, including the lily pond which was the inspiration for one of his most famous paintings. Travel to the beautiful Rouen Cathedral, which hearkens back to the riches of Rouen, one of Europe’s most bustling, wealthy centres during the Middle Ages. The cathedral’s baroque opulence underscores that exquisiteness, and if you have time during your stay in a holiday apartment in Normandy, you should follow the twisting, turning cobblestone streets to the Saint-Quen Abbey, yet another example of the inspired architectural brilliance bestowed upon this city. Another fascinating remnant of Medieval France is Caen's old city, which just can’t be missed from your itinerary. One of the foremost sites to see in Caen is the Saint-Étienne. Stand under the Romanesque arches and breathe in centuries of mystery.
Visit the sites of well-known historical events
If you're looking for a historical location when booking a holiday rental property in France, Normandy is your ideal destination. Normandy has twice played a pivotal role in British history; in 1066 and in 1944. Those who want to go deeper into its history will want to visit Bayeux and its famous tapestry, depicting the famous Battle of Hastings and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror. If you're interested in the history of the Second World War, you should definitely make a trip to the D-Day beaches and visit the American Cemetry in Colville-sur-Mer, commemorating the deaths of those who passed during the D-Day landings. Le Mémorial – Un Musée pour la Paix is a memorial museum in Caen offering insight into the Battle of Normandy, and is definitely worth a visit if you're a lover of modern history.
Get active in Normandy's natural landscape
Apart from the cities in this region, there is a splendid outdoor landscape that will delight nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. La Renardiere is a secret garden and natural park, that is also known as the “Treehouse” because of the impressive views it offers of the French countryside, out towards the coast, where the windy, choppy beaches of Normandy provide the perfect mix of challenge and placidity that is perfect for beginners, whether this soon-to-be fanatic tries out kite surfing, windsurfing or good, old fashioned surfing. If you are staying in Normandy holiday cottages by the coast, you are just a stone's throw away from the south of England, where you could visit the charming seaside town of Eastbourne. Some coastal towns in Normandy even provide ferry boat trips to the nearby Channel Islands, for example to Jersey or Guernsey.