Easy to reach by train and boasting several cycling itineraries, Normandy is the ideal destination for an eco-responsible weekend with family, friends or a couple.

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The Paris-Cherbourg train line serves several stations in Normandy close to major tourist attractions, such as the D-Day landing beaches, Caen with its ducal castle and Bayeux in the heart of the Bessin region.

In a slow tourism approach, let’s leave the car behind and opt for public transport and cycling to discover Normandy.

Let’s stop in Bayeux. A medieval city of character, Bayeux is home to the UNESCO-listed Queen Mathilde Tapestry and the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, a blend of Romanesque and Gothic art, as well as the Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History.

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From the city center, it’s easy to join several cycling itineraries, such as the Vélomaritime, to visit the region while enjoying an incredible array of landscapes, activities and leisure activities.

Just a five-minute walk from Bayeux station, visit our partner Loc Vélo to rent an electric-assist bike or a muscle bike.

Let’s set off for a 20-kilometer drive to Courseulles-sur-Mer. Located on the Côte de Nacre, this charming, dynamic seaside resort lives to the rhythm of its fishing port.

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The commune is located on the Canadian Juno Beach sector of the D-Day landing beaches. It was here, on June 6, 1944, that thousands of soldiers landed for our freedom.

The Juno Beach Centre presents the civil and military war effort of the entire population of Canada and the various fronts during the Second World War.

Discover 5 themed rooms, 2 moving films, numerous objects belonging to Canadian soldiers and civilians, poignant testimonials and several multimedia tools.

All this in Juno Park, a veritable open-air museum facing the beach, with its remnants of the Atlantic Wall.

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Promoting eco-mobility around the museum and welcoming cyclists are priorities at the Juno Beach Centre.

The Juno Beach Centre has been awarded the “Accueil Vélo” label. This label is a national mark guaranteeing a high-quality welcome and services along cycle routes for touring cyclists.

Cyclists will find on-site: electric bike recharging stations, spaces for cargo bikes, a bike shelter, closed lockers, etc.

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Visitors who travel to the Juno Beach Centre by bike and train* benefit from a preferential low-carbon rate.

on presentation of an SNCF transport ticket for a journey to a Normandy station made in the month preceding the visit.

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Then extend your cycling holiday by taking the Vélomaritime…

From Roscoff in Brittany to Dunkirk on the Belgian border, the cycle route passes through such mythical sites as the D-Day landing beaches, Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay, the cliffs of Etretat, the Baie de Somme and the Côte d’Opale.

With a high proportion of shared lanes, it’s an ideal cycling route for cyclists looking for escapism, challenges, cultural and gastronomic discoveries…

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