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City maps, our destination brochure, thematic maps, tourist routes… Here you will find all the tourist and practical information you need to discover Authentic Normandy with complete peace of mind.

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Authentic Normandy

Destination Magazine

The magazine for discovering Authentic Normandy

Welcome to the land of Authentic Normandy, a land of distinction and excellence, a true holiday destination, which opens its arms to you to discover its authenticity. Our land is there to be lived, breathed and tasted.

As for our geographical position in the heart of Normandy, just a few hours from major cities such as Paris and London and around half an hour from Deauville, Trouville and Cabourg, Authentic Normandy wants to show you that living here is a lifestyle choice. We want to share our way of life with you.

As you browse through this magazine, we invite you to discover the diversity and quality of what we have to offer here in the heart of the Pays d’Auge. All the producers and business owners featured in this brochure share our spirit of excellence and look forward to offering you a warm welcome. Our entire team is at your service and keen to offer you the very best for your stay, whether you are travelling alone, with friends or as a family.

The 2020 travel diary

The travel guide for exploring Authentic Normandy

Welcome to Authentic Normandy! Cideries, cheese dairies, gardens, castles, traditional markets, churches, Norman restaurants… This area, as you will discover, is the very essence of Normandy. Some call it a picture postcard, others the heart of Normandy.

This is especially true since we are actually located in the geographical centre of the region! Close to the large sandy beaches but away from the crowds, imagine a green countryside dotted with blossoming apple trees and criss-crossed by streams and rivers, a haven of peace and quiet. A true return to nature.

Here, we enjoy a slower pace of life!

Accommodation brochure

The guide for finding accommodation in Authentic Normandy

In Authentic Normandy, you can be sure of a warm welcome. The wide variety of accommodation we offer means there is something for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a real gem, something full of charm, a countryside retreat, one of our top picks for families, somewhere budget friendly, something out of the ordinary, an urban hotspot, the perfect pad for group holidays, or table d’hôtes included, the accommodation in this guide is presented by theme. We have the perfect place for you!

Hotels, bed & breakfasts, cottages, holiday rentals, campsites, group lets… Simply flick through the accommodation brochure to find the ideal cosy nest for your next holiday in Authentic Normandy!

City maps

Authentic Normandy

Map of Cambremer

A picturesque village in Augeron, Cambremer is the starting point of the Cider Route, a 40 km tour that criss-crosses the Pays d’Auge from producer to producer. A festival of AOC (controlled designation of origin) and AOP (protected designation of origin) products is organised every year in May. It has a very rich built heritage of traditional half-timbered buildings, including a former coaching inn called Le Cadran. The Pays d’Auge Gardens will delight nature lovers with a vast array of plant displays on 3 hectares of rolling countryside. Foodies won’t want to miss a chance to visit the Huet Distillery, located right next to the gardens. There is a traditional market in the village on Sunday mornings, at Easter, Pentecost and in July and August.

Map of Lisieux

Lisieux may be known throughout the world today thanks to Sainte-Thérèse, but it has origins dating much further back. The capital of the Pays d’Auge is one of the oldest towns in Normandy. Take a leisurely stroll around the town centre where you will discover a rich civil and religious heritage.

Map of Livarot

Having specialised in metal production from antiquity until the 17th century, today Livarot is most famous for its cheese. This famous cheese, nicknamed the “colonel”, brought wealth and prosperity to the town during the first half of the 20th century. This speciality cheese is still a source of great interest today, and the secrets of making Pays d’Auge AOP (protected designation of origin) cheeses can be discovered at the Graindorge Cheese Dairy on a free tour that is well worth taking.  The countryside around Livarot also boasts a whole network of hiking trails for experienced walkers as well as paths for leisurely family walks. Amidst the green hedged farmland or “bocage”, discover manor houses, traditional wash-houses and churches typical of the region. The abundance of local produce is enough to make any hiker’s mouth water!

Map of Mézidon-Canon

Mézidon-Canon, between the Pays d’Auge and the Plain of Caen, is the westernmost gateway to the region. Canon Castle Gardens, awarded the prestigious Jardin Remarquable (“Remarkable Garden”) label, and the medieval Crèvecœur Castle are two of the area’s must-see tourist attractions, which will delight history buffs and lovers of fine art alike.  The Canon educational farm is also well worth a visit with the family: stroke the farm animals to your heart’s content on a one-hour-30-minute tour! A signposted trail full of surprises guides visitors around the enclosures, orchards and along the river. As well as the animals, the children can enjoy an adventure trail and a zip line, while the parents sample the farm’s organic products. In Mézidon-Canon there is also a concert hall, La Loco, which offers an annual programme of concerts and various shows.

Map of Moyaux

Visitors can’t help but be charmed by the heritage of this traditional village, with a population of around 1,200. Around the village square and the church with its crooked spire, admire a beautiful collection of half-timbered houses very typical of Pays d’Auge architecture.

Map of Orbec

Situated on the border of the departments of Eure and Orne, the small medieval town of Orbec (population approx. 2,500) has a well-preserved traditional heritage. Stroll through the town to see half-timbered houses and appreciate the quality and variety of Norman products in the local shops. Take one of the numerous hiking trails starting from Orbec and discover the region with all its highlights: manor houses, stud farms, small country churches, wash-houses, and more!

Map of Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives

With its abbey church, monastic buildings and medieval market hall, this town with a population of 3,700 boasts a rich architectural heritage at its very heart. The town is particularly lively on Monday mornings with its traditional market, one of the most famous in the region.

Self-drive tours

Authentic Normandy

The Cellars Route

Discover the cideries, distilleries and cheese dairies of Authentic Normandy

With more than 30 cideries and distilleries as well as 13 cheese dairies to visit, follow the Cider Cellars Route and discover the authenticity of our terroir! Savour the different flavours and aromas! Meet the producers as they share the secrets of their know-how! Take the time to see where local delicacies are made and sample the produce before stocking up at the on-site shops, markets or local grocery stores.

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The Castles and Manors Route

Discover the castles and manor houses of Authentic Normandy

Dotted around our countryside and nestled in the unspoiled natural environment, Authentic Normandy is home to an extraordinary number of manor houses and castles. This route reveals 131 of them. From hidden manor houses to magnificent castles open to the public, keep your eyes peeled! There’s plenty to admire here. The diversity of shapes, colours and building materials won’t fail to impress. There are also one or two surprises along the way!

The Stud Farms Route

Discover the stud farms of Authentic Normandy

If Normandy is the land of the horse par excellence, the Pays d’Auge is its cradle. The Lisieux Normandie Tourist Office invites you to embark on “the noblest conquest of man”. Along this 60-kilometre route, admire authentic Norman hedged farmland or “bocage”, exceptional viewpoints, and more than twenty stud farms where Normandy’s magnificent horses are born, bred, and trained.

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Romantic getaways in Normandy

Couples’ weekends in Authentic Normandy

Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend, a stay in a high-end hotel combining trendy décor and quality cuisine, or to spend the night somewhere out of the ordinary, Authentic Normandy has all of this to offer and more. A cosy hotel in the town centre, a bed & breakfast in the countryside, an elegant farmhouse, a gypsy caravan, a safari tent where you can watch wild animals, or even a tree house… There really is something for everyone. Stroll hand in hand through a beautiful garden before sitting down to a romantic dinner. No romantic getaway is complete without a little pampering. Most hotels now offer an extensive selection of spas and relaxation areas, even if they are not spa hotels.

Fishing weekend in Normandy

Are you going to take the bait?

Beginner or fly-fishing pro, solo, as a couple or with friends, Normandy is a great place to fish for sea trout. Just two hours from Paris, meet on the banks of the Touques. For keen anglers, this river is among the best in Europe. Whether you’re an expert or just curious about this therapeutic pastime, Gaël Even takes anglers fishing for the weekend. A true specialist, Lisieux fishing guide Gaël has been crowned French Champion several times and medallist three times at the World Championships. Grab your tackle and get hooked!

Weekend as a family among the animals in Normandy

Your kids will love it!

Head to Authentic Normandy to experience an unforgettable weekend as a family among the animals. Spend the first day getting to know the farm animals. Pigs, chickens, goats… Canon’s educational farm and the Tuilerie farm are ideal places to meet them. You can even stroke them! After a busy morning, sample some delicious local produce at lunch. This first day ends with a dinner at the zoo and a night among the animals. Absolutely magical. The next day, visit Cerza Zoo, the largest zoological gardens in Normandy, where more than 1,500 animals are just waiting to be discovered. You’ll even have the chance to join the team and become a zoo keeper for the day! In short, a full weekend spent up close and personal with our animal friends.

24 hours around Saint-Pierre

Experience a typical Monday in Normandy

Spend 24 hours soaking up the atmosphere in Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives. Famous throughout the region for its ancient abbey and medieval market hall, the town is also known for the bustling market held there every Monday. Basket in hand, set off early in the morning to discover authentic Normandy produce. With the abundance of traditional regional cuisine, you’re sure to find something tasty for lunch!  In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely stroll around one of the most beautiful gardens in Normandy: Canon Castle Gardens. For the perfect end to the perfect day, spend the night at an exceptional bed & breakfast: a “zen getaway” at the Presbytère de Saint-Loup-de-Fribois complete with swimming pool and beauty treatments or a “peaceful stay” at the Villa des Tilleuls in Cambremer.

A day in the Pays d’Auge

Experience the riches of Authentic Normandy in 24 hours

This unforgettable day in the Pays d’Auge begins with a tour of the Graindorge Cheese Dairy in Livarot to learn all about our famous Normandy cheeses. This is followed by a visit to Coupesarte Manor, one of the most beautiful half-timbered manor houses in the region. After sampling the local cuisine at lunch in Lisieux, enjoy a tour of the capital of the Pays d’Auge and its most famous monument: the Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse. Round off the day back in the countryside with a visit to Le Lieu Chéri, a cidery/distillery in Ouilly-le-Vicomte. Enjoy your day in Authentic Normandy!

Five days of authentic discoveries

A cocktail of ideas for outings over the course of a week

Spending the week in Normandy? Why not try this five-day programme of authentic discoveries? Stroll through the markets, meet the donkeys, visit towns such as Orbec and Lisieux, take a trip to the banks of the Seine at Fécamp and Etretat, discover the region’s must-see castles and monuments, visit cheese dairies and cideries/distilleries, dine in the finest restaurants, stay in top-of-the-range accommodation… Enjoy the very best of Normandy for an unforgettable holiday!

Tourist map

Tourist map of the Seine Estuary Metropolitan Centre

Tourist map of the Seine Estuary Metropolitan Centre

The Communauté d’Agglomération Lisieux Normandie (greater administrative district council) is part of the Seine Estuary Metropolitan Centre. Heritage, nature, leisure activities, local flavours… This tourist map shows all the must-see attractions for your stay in Normandy, on both sides of the Seine.

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