Easter weekend is a long 4 day one here in the Netherlands, so most years we try to get away. Since it is within a do-able driving distance, we decided to visit Normandy for the weekend. Normandy is a great place to relax for the weekend – there isn’t a lot to do besides enjoy the beach, the countryside, eat nice food and drink wine. We stayed in Heuqueville, which is a short drive from Etretat, on the Côte d’Albâtre (Alabaster Coast) in Haute Normandy.
We’ve already visited the areas or Normandy famous for D-Day – Omaha beach, the American cemetery, etc. On our last visit to Normandy we were busy seeing the historical sites, but didn’t have long enough to enjoy the nature, so we decided to return to check out the area with a bit more time on our hands.
Normandy is HUGE! We still haven’t visited Mont St Michel or Monet’s Giverny – so there is always more to come back and see on the next visit. One of the best parts of living in Europe is being able to visit these places and take our time, instead of only visiting Paris or the south of France. Areas like Normandy are France to me. Sure, Paris is too, but visiting areas like Normandy and Brittany give you a better look at what life is like outside of the big city, and prove that the country has so much more than the Eiffel Tower to offer.
Why should you visit this area of Normandy? Just look at the pictures below, and you’ll be convinced
Visit Normandy to hike along its cliffs
One of the main reasons we decided to visit this area was for its beautiful cliffs! One of our “musts” on our weekend away check list is hiking opportunities. Once you head along the coastal path from Etretat, you can leave the crowds behind and walk for hours along the cliffs. The area is just breathtaking.
Visit Normandy for the countryside
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Visit to see its charming towns
and of course, visit Normandy for the food!
Did I miss anything? What are your favorite things to do when you visit Normandy?
Gabby is a native (Northern) Californian who spent the majority of her 20’s living the expat life in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, exploring Europe and beyond. 27 countries later, she’s relocated back to her home base in California where she explores her passions for the travel and the outdoors.