Just a hop, skip and a jump over the channel from England, Normandy is the perfect location for a holiday by the coast. From its varied history, taking in the Normans to the D-Day landings, it’s excellent regional cuisine, locally made cider and picturesque fishing villages and harbours, to the stunning imposing view of Mont St Michel rising from the sea, and the hustle and bustle of the major port of Le Havre, Normandy really is the ultimate seaside destination.
If you’re looking for coastal cottages in this charming region of France, then look no further. Whether you’re looking for something cosy, comfortable and romantic for a weekend getaway, or hoping to find your dream holiday cottage for a week or two of relaxed seaside living with the family, we have the cottages by the sea for you. From an 18th century apartment in the seaside town of Honfleur to a typical Norman farmhouse in Isigny-sur-Mer, a perfectly restored stone cottage in Granville and a cosy wooden beamed home in Carentan, we have just about anything you could dream of when it comes to seaside cottages in Normandy.
Normandy’s reputation as not only a great location for a coastal holiday but also a historical hotspot almost certainly precedes itself. Due to its geographic position, you’re never really far from the coast, which means if you’re staying by the sea you can also fit in a trip to some of the region’s excellent attractions further inland. If you’re interested in history, then your first stop should be Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, before heading to the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry, which can be found in the charming town of Bayeux. For yet more history, be sure not to miss out on the many memorials and cemeteries along the D-Day beaches, which mark the legendary and heroic D-Day landings of 1944.
If you’ve come to Normandy simply to relax and unwind then you might want to stick to the area fondly known as the Norman Riviera, which can be found around the seaside towns of Trouville and Deauville, while Honfleur remains one of the area’s most picturesque harbour towns. It’s also now as famous for its gastronomic delights as it is for its perfectly preserved centre, so be sure to get your fill of great food while you’re here.