Lisieux, place of pilgrimage to Sainte-Thérèse
Lisieux is France’s second most famous pilgrimage site and reputed all over the world. The many pilgrims flocking to the town first make their way to the imposing Basilica of Lisieux which dominates the town’s skyline before visiting the Carmel, former convent of Sainte-Thérèse and Les Buissonnets, her childhood home. Walk in the footsteps of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, more commonly known as Sainte Thérèse of Lisieux, as you stroll through the streets of the town.
A rich architectural heritage in the town centre
Thanks to its long history, the town centre of Lisieux boasts a rich civil and religious heritage such as the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, numerous private mansions, remarkable half-timbered houses (especially those housing the Museum of Art and History and the Mérimée Chocolate Factory), without forgetting its unmissable Basilica and the sites linked to the life of Sainte-Thérèse of Lisieux. Discover historical and cultural gems as part of a guided tour or on a self-guided tour with your smartphone.
The largest zoological gardens in Normandy, just 5 minutes from Lisieux
More than 1,500 wild animals are just waiting to be discovered at Cerza Zoo! Located in Hermival-les-Vaux, just 5 minutes from Lisieux, this gigantic zoo covers more than 80 hectares and offers you an exceptional experience to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world. An absolute must!
Castles around Lisieux
Just 5 minutes from Lisieux is one of the most beautiful castles in the whole of Normandy. With its formal French gardens, moat, 15th-century half-timbered manor house and 16th-century glazed brick and stone château, Saint is nicknamed “the wonder of the Pays d’Auge”! Boutemont Castle in Ouilly-le-Vicomte, a former medieval fortress built from the 12th century, is not to be outdone with its superb gardens, boxwood and topiary. These castles are part of a themed tour called the Castles and Manors Route.