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Book online hotels in the region of Basse Normandie, France. This hotel directory includes 10 destinations in the three departments of Basse Normandie: Calvados, Manche and Orne. Quick and secure reservations of hotels, guesthouses, apartments and b&b in the region of Basse Normandie. All 54 hotels offer online reservation with instant email and sms confirmation and no payment in advance.

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Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Honfleur (photo by LoboStudio Hamburg)

Basse Normandie or Lower Normandy is an administrative region spreading along the coast of North France. Normandy has a rich history as one of the most powerful European sovereign states during the Middle Age. From the 9th century onwards it was conquered and inhabited by the brave and warlike Vikings, also known as the Norsemen. They gave the name of the country. In the years of the Hundred Years' War Normandy was a part of the English Kingdom. In the middle of the 15th century France annexed the province. In 1956 it was divided along the navigable Dives River into two smaller provinces: Lower and Upper Normandy, respectively Basse and Haute Normandie.

The region of Basse Normandie is known for its attractive seaside resorts and lovely historic towns. Among them the most prominent is Honfleur which is the nearest seaside destination to the capital city, making it a very popular destination for Parisians. The construction of the 2 km long Pont de Normandie bridge in the 1990s connected the port town of Le Havre with Honfleur over the Seine River and the coastal siltation area, making the latter town easily accessible for the tourists coming from Britain too. Other attractive seaside towns are Deauville and Trouville. They are located very close to each other and have common train station and bus terminal.

American Military Cemetery
(a photo by caspermoller)

The most famous historic destination in Basse Normandie is located in the coastal Calvados department. These are the famous D-Day beaches where more than 100 thousand American soldiers lost their lives in a glorious battle against Nazi Germany. The beaches are still known with their wartime names, such as Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword and Juno. They all have well preserved war bunkers built by the Germans for the defense of the coast and shell holes from the battle. Most of the nearby towns feature interesting war museums, although most of the tourists try to forget the terror of the war and just to enjoy the beautiful beaches and the excellent seafood.

Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen
(photo by Allie_Caulfield)

The other coastal department of the region is that of Manche. It is located west of Calvados and its three sides are washed by the waters of the English Channel. The area is known for the picturesque rocky coasts but also for the first European factory for uranium treatment. Most of the department's territory is occupied by the beautiful Cotentin Peninsula. The appealing historic port town of Cherbourg lies on the tip of this peninsula. In the south-western corner of Manche, right next to the border with Bretagne is situated Le Mont St-Michel - one of the most famous tourist destinations throughout France. In the English Channel, west of the Cotentin Peninsula are situated the attractive islands of Jersey and Guernsey. The easiest approach to them is from the harbour of the amazing historic town of Saint-Malo in the neighbouring region of Bretagne.

The Orne department of Basse Normandie has no coastline. It comprises vast agricultural lands, picturesque orchards and meadows, hiding lovely little villages with well preserved half-timbered houses, as well as fetching historic towns, such as Saint-Lô. A 25 km long stretch of the River Orne's valley close to the city of Caen is often called Swiss Normandie. Although there are no mountains here, the area has very picturesque rocky slopes flanking the river, crags and lovely hills covered by green forests. Orne is also known for its vast territory with dense woods spreading in the south areas of the department. This is a real paradise on earth for walkers and nature lovers. The most famous of the forests is Forêt d'Ecouves near Alençon where can be seen a variety of tree types, including oak, beech, pine and spruce. The forest is well populated by many wild animals, such as deer and wild boars.