The Normandy department of Calvados is famous for its apple brandy of the same name.
Follow the famous cider routes through pretty villages with their thatched collombage houses amongst verdant apple orchards.
Visit Calvados’s listed villages, craft centres and cider festivals, not forgetting to taste the produce and take some home.
Caen, the capital of Calvados, displays the ruins of a castle built by William the Conqueror and the abbey where his remains are buried.
From the artists’ mecca of pretty Honfleur, sandy beaches stretch all the way to the stylish resorts of Trouville and Deauville.
The famous tapestry at Bayeux is certainly worth a visit as are the thought-provoking Normandy D-day beaches of Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword - commemorated in Le Memorial, the museum for peace, at Caen.