An extended version of our D-Day Beaches Cycling Holiday, this route takes in all five of the landing beaches and then continues eastwards along the Cote Fleurie (Flowering Coast) to the elegant resort towns of Cabourg, Deauville and the medieval port of Honfleur.
On this 7 night holiday you will cycle from Carentan at the base of the Cotentin Peninsula, along the undulating Normandy coast to Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine river. Along the way you’ll take in gorgeous beaches, rolling green countryside and pretty Norman villages.
This is D-Day country of course and the route visits each of the 5 beaches that were used for the mass allied landings that took place here on the 6th of June 1944. During the ride you’ll come across all manner of sights, relics, museums and memorials that acknowledge the fierce battles and huge loss of life that occurred in this now quiet and peaceful corner of France during World War II.
Aside from the D-Day connection this is a naturally beautiful stretch of coastline and the route leads you to some picture-perfect little towns and villages that feature the traditional timber-framed, brightly coloured houses so typical of this area. You’ll venture inland to some delightful little places where wonderful local produce such as Calvados brandy and Pont-l’Évêque soft cheese can be sampled and bought.
On the Cote Fleurie, you’ll cycle along the seaside promenade at Cabourg and enjoy the elegant resorts of Deauville and Trouville. The medieval port of Honfleur is sure to be another highlight as is the peaceful ride through the apple orchards of the Auge region.
The rolling countryside here is beautiful but this also means of course that you have climbs to contend with each day. Most of them are mercifully short but nonetheless you will need to be in reasonably good shape to enjoy this route. If you are at all concerned about your fitness levels then consider renting an e-bike which will make things a lot easier and take the sting out of the climbs.