Most Beautiful Towns in Normandy: Picture Perfect France

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Last Updated on 13th July 2020 by Sophie Nadeau

Situated on one of the most Northernmost points of France, constantly battered by the sea, Normandy has long held a certain mystery and allure that draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors in on an annual basis. Good food, oodles of history and charming towns all come together to form a ‘must see’ region to the North West of Paris. Here’s your ultimate guide to the most beautiful towns in Normandy!

Looking for the best of hidden gems, France attractions, and destinations for first time visitors in Normandy? Here are 10 charming and Incredible cities and towns you'll fall in love with!


Famously known as being the home of the ‘Bayeux Tapestry’, the town of Bayeux is a rich blend of history, architecture, and plenty of good food. Located in the Calvados region of Normandy, the town is located just a few miles from the English Channel. Bayeux was founded by Gallo-Romans in the 1st Century and you should head here if you love museums, art galleries and oodles of history.

Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux, NormandyBayeux Tapestry, Bayeux


Of all the most beautiful towns in Normandy on this list, Rouen is probably my favourite. As the capital of Normandy, it’s fair to say that Rouen has seen its fair share of history. Filled with little cobbled lanes and timber-framed houses, you can’t go wrong by dedicating a couple of days to visit this ancient city. After all, the city was once home to Joan of Arc and is now the final resting place of Richard the Lionheart.

Read more: Quick guide to Rouen

rouen cathedral in the daytime

Les Andelys

A towering castle overlooks the charming town of Les Andelys. Everyone knows that the English King, Richard the Lionheart spent much of his time in Normandy (and is buried in the grand cathedral of Rouen). But not everyone knows that it was here, in a fortified castle in Les Andelys that he resided. Lying along the Seine, in Les Andelys, as well as the French castle, you’ll find half-timbered houses and various museums.


Charming and situated by the sea, Deauville is where all the Parisians head to for a summer getaway. Chic and just over an hour away from Paris, the town has been a popular vacation resort since the 1800s. In Deauville, you’ll find a series of boutique stores, a golf course and a candy coloured boardwalk dating all the way back to the 1920s.

Read more: How to spend a long weekend in Normandy

Most beautiful towns in Normandy, Northern France: Deauville


Situated right next to Deauville, you’ll find the charming town of Trouville-sur-Mer. Also referred to as simply ‘Trouville’, it’s a popular tourist destination for locals and international visitors alike. Some of the best things to do in the charming town include eating at one of the many restaurants, visiting the local culture museum and having a go at riding Rosalie bicycles (a four-seater, four wheel bicycle).

Most beautiful towns in Normandy, Northern France: Trouville-sur-mer


Located by the sea, the inhabitants of the charming town of Honfleur are known as Honfleurais. The town easily makes the list of being one of the most beautiful towns in Normandy on account of its stunning architecture and ancient buildings. Among other things, Honfleur is home to the largest wooden church in France and dates all the way back to 1027 AD.

honfleur france


Sitting sleepily beside the seaside and famous the world over, you can’t go wrong by spending a couple of days exploring all that Étretat has to offer. The UK may have the White Cliffs of Dover, but France has Étretat and its chalky columns jutting out of the sea. Aside from the many coastal walks and hidden caverns, you’ll also find a blissful beach and cute town. Nearby, you’ll also find the Château du Tilleul, an ancient French mansion house with a rather curious past.

Read more: How to spend one day in Étretat

Most beautiful towns in Normandy, Northern France: Étretat


Giverny has existed in some form or another all the way since Neolithic times. But what really brought the town to the forefront of people’s minds is its association with Claude Monet. For, the famous artist spent many of his final years in the town, painting his surrounds and admiring the landscape.

It was also here in Giverny, that Monet painted his ‘Water Lilies’, a series of around 250 oil paintings. They are widely regarded as being some of his finest paintings, some of which are now located in the Orangerie.

Claude_Monet-WaterliliesMonet’s Waterlilies at Giverny

Mont Saint Michel

The secluded island of Mont Saint Michel is located approximately half a mile off the coast of France. And as a tidal island, the conical shaped piece of land is cut off twice daily from the rest of Normandy by the rising sea. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, Mont Saint Michel is easily one of those ‘must see’ France attractions.

Read more: Why you should add Mont Saint Michel to your French bucket list.

Most beautiful towns in Normandy, Northern France: Mont Saint Michel


Medieval and inviting, the ancient town of Beuvron-en-Auge is all timber-framed houses and small cobbled lanes. It’s often cited as being one of the most beautiful villages in France, and you can easily see why. The town is also well known for its cider scene (an annual ‘Fête du Cidre’- cider festival is held in the autumn) as well as its many boutiques.

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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • Lori
    6th January 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Such a gorgeous location. I haven’t made it to Rouen or Etretat so now will need to go back when the pandemic is over! Fab pics! Honfleur is my favorite – absolutely fell in love with it and didn’t want to leave. x

  • Joyce McPhail
    30th October 2017 at 10:01 am

    Thank you for taking me back to Normanby, I visited on tour June 2016 and loved everything I saw especially Rouen. Enjoyed your perceptions. Happy travelling.

  • Mike from TravelAndDestinations
    9th October 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I had no idea that Normandy was this beautiful. I had seen pictures before of Mont Saint Michel on Instagram but not the other spots. I think you have now totally sold this region to me! Thanks! 🙂


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