The Most Beautiful Villages in France
Le Bec Hellouin’s religious roots
Le Bec Hellouin is famous for its 12th century Benedictine Abbey which was once the most influential abbey of the Anglo-Norman kingdom. You can visit every day for free and discover the rich history of this monastery.
The traditional, half-timbered houses line the cobbled streets and tell of the town’s history. To explore more of the area head down to the cycle track which lies just below the town and is part of the 42km route. Stroll, skip or cycle the picturesque path and take in the natural landscape surrounding Le Bec Hellouin.
The gastronomy of Beuvron en Auge
Situated just inland from the Côte Fleurie (The Flowered Coast), Beuvron en Auge is a typical Norman village. Its lovingly restored half-timbered buildings house local producers and antique dealers and historic dwellings lie round every corner.
Situated on the cider trail, a visit to Beauvron en Auge isn’t complete without tasting the sweet, locally produced drink. There is even a cider festival each autumn.
Immerse yourself in the historic village, taste the local food and perhaps purchase a unique antique to take home with you.
Barfleur’s maritime past
The small fishing port of Barfleur has a long maritime history and is dominated by the silhouette of the 17th century church, once a beacon of hope for sailors returning from months at sea.
Fishing is still going strong in the area and many restaurants offer delicious dishes such as mussels, lobster and scallops which are a must to sample when visiting.
Barfleur’s granite, 16th century houses signify its historic legacy but step inland to Sainte Catherine courtyard to discover even earlier architecture, the only remaining medieval house in the village. Stroll the perfectly manicured gardens of the convent of the Augustinians and take in the town which enraptured famous writers such as Victor Hugo and Jules Renard.
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