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Discover the European narrative in Normandy

Normandy may be strewn with pebbly beaches and postcard-perfect villages, but it's not just a pretty face. This storied slice of France is awash with history. From strolling around Monet's gardens to visiting D-Day landing sites, Normandy has played an important role in shaping the European narrative. Touring this historic region, you can visit war museums, retrace the footsteps of Joan of Arc and get lost in one of France's most impressive Gothic abbeys. Whatever makes you tick, Normandy vacation rentals promise a local experience in this captivating slice of France.

Things to do

Visit Normandy's enchanting Mont St-Michel

One of France's most iconic attractions, Mont St-Michel looks like it's been plucked out of a fairytale. The medieval monastery teeters on a rocky islet and is particularly enchanting at high tide, when it's surrounded by shimmering water. Tucked away in the village of Giverny, Maison et Jardins de Claude Monet offer a glimpse at what inspired Impressionist masterpieces such as the Water Lilies series. Today you can tour the pastel-pink house and explore the flower-filled gardens. Dazzling art aficionados and historians alike, the Bayeux Tapestry features over 200 feet of beautifully embroidered scenes depicting life in the 11th century.


Beaches and battlefields in Normandy

A tour of Normandy's D-Day beaches and battlefields will take you to iconic sites like Omaha Beach, where Allied forces launched the invasion of German-occupied France. You can also visit sites like Pointe du Hoc and the poignant Normandy American Cemetery. France is famous for its cuisine, and Normandy doesn't disappoint. The region tantalizes with creamy camembert, rich sauces and sumptuous seafood. With well-equipped kitchens and sunny terraces, Normandy vacation rentals cottages make home-cooked meals a tempting option. Wash it down with a glass of the region's hard apple cider.


Summer celebrations in Normandy

Like most of France, summer is high season in Normandy. Daytime highs creep into the 70s and the region is drenched in sunshine. Beyond gorgeous weather, June offers a unique chance to attend memorial services held on the D-Day beaches and battlefields. In July, you could catch summer events like Bayeux's Fete Medievale, which celebrates the town's medieval heritage. If you want to have Normandy all to yourself, consider visiting in winter, when major attractions like Mont St-Michel and Maison et Jardins de Claude Monet feel wonderfully deserted.

Natural features

Dramatic seascapes in Normandy

Like its history, Normandy's landscapes are suitably dramatic. Along the coast you'll find pebbly beaches hemmed in by soaring chalky cliffs that back onto the English Channel. Normandy vacation rentals make the most of the seascapes with beautiful properties in coastal towns and villages. From romantic cottages to family-sized villas, sparkling sea views will take your morning croissants and cafe au lait to the next level. Venture inland and you'll find historic stone farmhouses set in the Normandy countryside.

Can I find a vacation rental around Normandy?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,575 vacation rentals near Normandy. From 3,796 Houses to 297 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Normandy for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Normandy?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Normandy. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Bayeux: 575 vacation rentals
  • Caen: 567 vacation rentals
  • Giverny: 90 vacation rentals
  • Honfleur: 1,409 vacation rentals
  • Mont St-Michel: 392 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Normandy! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Normandy?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Normandy:

  • Bayeux: 575 rentals
  • Caen: 567 rentals
  • Giverny: 90 rentals
  • Honfleur: 1,409 rentals
  • Mont St-Michel: 392 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Normandy?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Normandy are:

  • Granville Airport (GFR): 1,049 vacation rentals
  • Dieppe (DPE-Saint-Aubin): 657 vacation rentals
  • Carpiquet Airport (CFR): 1,736 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Normandy?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Normandy. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Claude Monet's Garden: 187 rentals
  • Deauville Beach: 2,682 rentals
  • Museum of Natural History: 2,522 rentals
  • Etretat Beach: 440 rentals
  • Bayeux Station: 1,261 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Normandy listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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