How to Spend 3 Days in Normandy
With three days in Normandy, you can explore the region’s biggies (Mont-Saint-Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry, and the D-Day beaches), take a day trip to Rouen, and savor the homegrown cuisine. Here’s how.
Day 1: Mont-Saint-Michel
Start your explorations along Normandy’s southwest coast with a visit to Mont-Saint-Michel. Perched on an island just offshore, the historic monastery is one of the most photographed monuments in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a tour to make the most of your time and skip the hassle of renting a car—day trips run from Bayeux, Caen, and Paris.
Climb up to the ramparts for a panoramic view along the coast. Then, wander the monastery’s buildings and browse the shops in Mont-Saint-Michel village, followed by a lunch of Breton galettes (buckwheat pancakes) and Normandy cider.
Day 2: Bayeux and the D-Day beaches
Head up to the rugged beaches and seacliffs of Normandy’s north coast, site of one of the most significant events of World War II. Benefit from the expertise of a guide and take a tour of the battlefields and D-Day landing beaches—a typical itinerary might include Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the Airborne Museum or the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Prebook your tickets to avoid unnecessary wait times.
In the afternoon, make your way to Bayeux, home of the UNESCO-listed Bayeux Tapestry, one of France’s most famous works of art. Afterward, walk around the historic town or watch the evening light show (summer only) over Bayeux Cathedral.
Day 3: Rouen, Honfleur, and Deauville
For your final day in Normandy, head north to the riverside capital of Rouen, full of grand architecture. Tours often combine a visit to Rouen with nearby attractions such as the port towns of Honfleur and Deauville, considered to be two of the most picturesque in Normandy.
On arrival in Rouen, set out on a walking tour of the atmospheric Old Town. Admire the Gros-Horloge clock, stop by the Notre-Dame Cathedral, or enjoy a coffee. You’ll also find some of Normandy’s most acclaimed museums, such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts.
Stick around into the evening hours—Rouen is a great place to sample traditional Norman cuisine and lively nightlife. The majority of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs are clustered around Place du Vieux-Marché.