If you are visiting the D-Day sites in Normandy, France, the ancient town of Bayeux is the most central place to stay and dine.
While you’re in Normandy, check out these other attractions.
Mont-St-Michel: This spire-topped village and abbey (pictured below) on an island has inspired visitors for centuries. The view at night from the mainland end of the breakwater is magical.
The Bayeux Tapestry: The story of William the Conqueror and his 1066 invasion of England is told in 230 feet of illustrated cloth at the Bayeux Museum, which also houses the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy. Bayeux Tapestry adult admission, about $11; combined adult admission to both museums, about $14. bayeuxmuseum.com.
Honfleur: Corot and countless other artists have painted this fishing village on the Seine estuary.
Deauville: This community, which has been a beach resort since the 19th century, hosts an annual film festival focusing on American cinema each September. Take a stroll on the boardwalk.
[These are the key D-Day sites to visit in Normandy.]
Where to Eat
La Rapière Restaurant serves dishes such as chicken breast with dried fruit and a Norman goat cheese tart in a wood-beamed dining room. larapiere.net.
Le Petit Normand offers fresh local fish and onion soup in a small street-front bistro. (011-33) 231-22-88-66.
Le Moulin de la Galette is a nice little creperie when you want something less extravagant. lemoulindelagalette.fr.
Where to Stay
Hotel prices in Bayeux swing greatly between the high season of April to October and the rest of the year. The prices quoted here are the lowest off-season (November to March) rates for a standard double room. Rates during high season are generally at least 50 percent more.
Hôtel d’Argouges: This quiet hotel (pictured above) has a peaceful garden. From about $100 per night. hotel-dargouges.com.
Villa Lara: This modern luxury hotel stands across from the Bayeux cathedral. From about $250 per night. hotel-villalara.com.
Le Churchill Hotel: As the name suggests, this hotel caters especially to Anglo-American visitors. From about $80 per night. hotel-churchill.fr/en.
Le Lion d’Or: An affordable and longtime popular place to stay for D-Day visitors. From about $80 per night. liondor-bayeux.fr.