When to fly to Normandy
Normandy celebrates warm, Mediterranean climate that welcomes hot summers (June to August), mild winters (December to February), and strong winds, called La Mistral. There are no direct flights to Normandy so most travellers fly to Nice and make the short commute to Normandy for vacation. Summer can reach 30 degrees and October (the region’s wettest month) usually stays around 10 degrees.
Normandy insider information
Rouen: Striking pyramid rooftops saturate the restored medieval quarter of Rouen, where gothic cathedrals capture the unruly spirit of the middle ages when fire and plague ravaged the infrastructure. Eroded formations have been injured by bombing raids in WWII, but the past 60 years of restoration has braided the aged past with a fresh insight. Elegant structures create a stunning backdrop of a place that was once the Roman city of Rotomagus, and later occupied by the English. In one of these momentous squares, French heroine, Joan of Arc was tried for heresy and burned as the stake in 1431. Even if you’re an expert in history, you’ll leave Normandy having learned a thing or two about its tumultuous past.
Bayeux: Millions of visitors book flights to Normandy to see the marvellous needlework known around the world. The long piece of cloth called “La Tapiserie de la Reine Mathilde” (Tapestry of Queen Matilda) lives in this little town, which was the first place liberated after D-Day, and survived WWII unscathed. Winding streets, gorgeous buildings, and gothic cathedrals border the area, and wooden framed Norman homes hold residents of the quaint space. Head a few minutes north to see the beaches that endured the famous invasions.
D-Day Beaches: The largest military operation in history lures historians to book flights to Normandy and stand ground at Operation Overlord. On June 6, 1944, soldiers from the US, UK, and Canada poured onto French soil, and 76 days of fighting grew into the Battle of Normandy, which led to the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation. At Caen’s memorial museum, you can see miles of memorabilia relating to the invasion, and more is available at the nearby tourist information centre.
Transmusicales: Book flights to Normandy to experience one of France’s best-known festivals. Filled with big names and young hopefuls, Transmusicales combines the oldest and most famous music with innovative new tunes. Bands from around the world fill indoor and outdoor venues in celebration of France’s local music scene. Book flights to Normandy in December to experience the annual fete.