Normandy's beaches – quiet and unspoilt

Think of beaches and Normandy and possibly the D-D landing beaches spring to mind. The beaches of Sword, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Utah are certainly a draw to visitors who come to pay their respects and reflect on the significant role they played in the events of 1944. There is, however, much more to the […]

The Normandy Coastline

The Normandy coastline collection includes posts about beaches, fishing villages, the coast, watersports and much more. Normandy has an extensive coastline stretching from just above Le Tréport right down to Le Mont St Michel. Posted by Chris at www.normandygiteholidays.com #NormandyCoastline For more information on beaches, fishing villages, the coast and watersports, view the NormandyCoastline collection […]

Normandy lighthouse

Normandy lighthouse The Phare de Gatteville¬†is a Normandy lighthouse at the tip of Barfleur and is the second tallest lighthouse in France. The strong currents and many shipwrecks prompted the building of this Normandy lighthouse. The original version of the lighthouse built in 1774 can be seen on the left and was topped with a […]

Beach huts in Normandy

These charming white beach huts with shutters and doors in varying shades of blue are in Barneville-Carteret in Normandy. The towns of Barneville-sur-mer and Carteret developed as seaside resorts from the 1870s onwards and combined into one town in 1965. Today the endless stretches of beaches are popular during the summer months. This photo was […]

The Chausey Islands in Normandy

The Chausey Islands are an archipelago of 365 islets at low tide and 52 at high tide in Normandy. The Grande Ile is located 17km/10m from Granville and is the only inhabited island. Technically it is part of the Channel Islands and has been the object of much rivalry between England and France over the […]

Arromanches-les-bains and the role it played in D-Day

Arromanches-les-bains played an important role in the Normandy landings of June 1944, as it was here that an artificial port was installed. Troops deliberately did not land at Arromanches so that the beach could remain clear for the harbour to be built. Immediately after D-Day, the Allies established the harbour to allow the unloading of […]

Summer returns to Normandy

With temperatures warming up again this week, it's time to enjoy the sandy beaches once more. This is the beach at Donville-les-bains which is just outside Granville in Normandy. Plenty of parking, endless beaches and a walkway for strolling and admiring the view. Photo and post by Chris of Gavray Gites #Normandy #normandie #gavray #donvillelesbains […]

Happy summer memories

With schools and colleges about to start, it feels as if we only have a few more days of summer left. The memories, however, will last a lot longer. I've welcomed friends and family to Normandy this summer who have all really enjoyed the variety of things to do here. Sharing that with others is […]

Exploring the high town in Granville, Normandy

The high town in Granville is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the shops and casino below. You get great views of the town and the harbour from this vantage point. It’s home to a number of artists and galleries and has a gentle pace. It ¬†makes it the perfect artistic and […]