During World War II, the now-peaceful beaches on France’s northern coast were the site of invasions that set into motion the pivotal liberation of France. Despite—or perhaps because of—its role in the D-Day landings, present-day Normandy is a tranquil sanctuary on the English Channel. Moving memorials and evocative museums don’t appeal only to history buffs; nearby towns like Honfleur and Deauville draw a steady stream of artists and the region has an origin story that stretches back to the time of the monarchs.
Exquisitely fresh seafood, Camembert and Pont-l’Évêque cheeses, oysters, sweet and savory tarts, and crêpes
Local hard and soft ciders, poiré (pear cider), and craft beers; Calvados apple brandy and the Calvados cocktail Pommeau
Private onlyThe Beaches that History Built