Summer is over, but how about extending your off-season holiday in Normandy for a weekend or a week?
In September and October, the days are still beautiful and mild.
The surrounding nature is slowly changing into its autumnal colours.
Going out of season is a good idea! Less people, less money and still sunny days.
Opting for a holiday during the famous Indian summer is an opportunity to discover beautiful walks, to taste local specialities or to visit museums that are less frequented during this period.
Credit : Fabien Mahaut
If you don’t know where to go during this privileged period, choose to put your bags down in the Cœur de Nacre, in Normandy! Far from the hustle and bustle of summer, the large sandy beaches are yours to explore.
Rediscover the pleasure of strolling along the seashore or walking through the Normandy countryside.
Here are the top activities and outings for the Indian summer.
Idea #1 – Walking to admire the architectural heritage
A 12th century church, an 18th century carved portal, a listed manor house… the communes of the Cœur de Nacre are full of architectural curiosities.
The Tourist Office team has put together a dozen suggestions for walks between land and sea, to discover the heritage.
Idea #2 – Wellness session
The Thalasso des 3 mondes in Luc-sur-Mer offers 3 cocooning areas: the traditional oriental hammam, the Japanese baths and the seawater jet pool.
A wide range of massages and thalasso treatments are also available to pamper yourself!
Idea #3 – Taste the local specialities
The scallop is making a comeback at the Courseulles-sur-Mer fish market from mid-October.
The seaside resort invites you to the shell festival on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November.
On the programme:
sea songs, craft and sea market, procession and blessing of the decorated boats, and so much more…
Idea #4 – Learn to fish on foot
During the high tides, the sea gradually recedes to reveal a vast expanse of rocks and sand.
The beaches of the Côte de Nacre from Bernières-sur-Mer to Luc-sur-Mer are the ideal hunting ground for anglers. You can find crabs, bouquet, green crabs and limpets.
Credit : L. Durand-Calvados Attractivité
The next high tides :
- From 27 to 28 November, maximum coefficient 90
Tide times :
Idea #5 – Visit the D-Day landing beaches away from the crowds
Credit : G. Wait
In 1944, on 6 June and during the long summer that followed, men from all over the world came to fight in Normandy and then in Europe to give us back our Freedom.
The Juno Beach Centre tells the story of the Canadian soldiers who landed on the Juno sector of the D-Day landing beaches.
The Station Radar 44 of Douvres-la-Délivrande presents, in the period bunkers, the history of the site, the radar and the daily life of German soldiers.
Idea#6 – Enjoy the autumn activities
The medieval festival of Douvres-la-Délivrande, Halloween in Courseulles-sur-Mer, the scallop festival in the ports of Calvados, guided tours of natural areas… there are many events in the autumn.