Normandy

The Normandy Region

 

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A few figures:

  • 5 % of the area of France (30 267 km²)
  • 5 % of the French population (more than 3 million of inhabitants)
  • 114 people per square kilometre (compared with 952 in Guernsey and 738 in Jersey)
  • 1 administrative region: Normandy
  • 5 departments (County councils) : Calvados, Eure, Manche, Orne and Seine-Maritime
  • 3 major urban axes:
    • Rouen: 390 000 inhabitants, inland port between Paris and Manche
    • Le Havre: 248 000 inhabitants
    • Caen: 199 000 inhabitants.

 

The geography: characteristics of its « countries »

Normandy, combining is divided into 2 “areas” : Inlands regions” and “Coastal regions

Coastal regions :

The Alabaster Coast, the Floral Coast, the Mother of pearl and Bessin coasts (landing beaches) and Cotentin.

Inlands regions :

Pays de Caux, Pays de Bray, Vexin Normand, Pays d’Ouche, Seine Valley.
Cotentin, Orne’s forests, Perche, Pays d’Argentan, Bocage Virois, Swiss Normandy, Pays d’Auge.

 

A brief history

We list here just a few of the most important dates in the history of the region:

  • 820: First Norman raid on the Manche coast
  • 911: Rollon, first duke of Normandy
  • From 10th to 12th siècle: Normandy became practically independent of the kingdom of France
  • 1027: Birth at Falaise of William the conqueror
  • 1066: Battle of Hastings. Conquest of England. William becomes King of England..
  • 1087: Death of William the conqueror
  • 1204: Normandy is reunified with the Crown of France
  • 1417/1450: Normandy is occupied by the English
  • 1450: Normandy is recovered after the victory of Formigny and capture of Cherbourg
  • 1469: Charles of France, last duke of Normandy, is stripped of his dukedom.
  • 1795-1800: Normandy uprising.
  • June 6th 1944: Allied forces land on the coast of Calvados and Manche

 

Tourist Information Contacts

Regional Tourism Board

Comité Régional du TourismeNormandy
14 rue Charles Corbeau, 27000 Evreux
info@normandie-tourisme.fr

Counties Tourism Boards

Comité Départemental de Tourisme du Calvados
8, rue Renoir – 14054 Caen Cedex 4
Tel. : 0033 (0)2 31 27 90 30
tourisme@calvados.fr

Comité Départemental de Tourisme de l’Eure
Hôtel du Département – Boulevard Georges Chauvin – BP 367 – 27003 EVREUX cedex
Tel. : 0033 (0)2 32 62 04 27
info@eure-tourisme.fr

Comité Départemental de Tourisme de la Manche
Maison du Département Route de Villedieu – 50008 Saint-Lô Cédex
Tel. : 0033 (0)2 33 05 98 70 – N° vert 00330 800 06 50 50
manchetourisme@manche.fr

Comité Départemental de Tourisme de l’Orne
86, rue Sainte-Blaise – B.P. 50 – 61002 Alençon Cédex
Tel. : 00 33 (0)2 33 28 88 71
info@ornetourisme.com

Comité Départemental de Tourisme de Seine-Maritime
6 rue du Couronné – B.P.60 76420 Bihorel
Tel. : 00 33 (0)2 35 12 10 10
tourisme@cdt76.fr

Tourist Offices

List of all Norman Tourist offices

 

Administration contacts