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The geographical area known outside France as Normandie (Normandy) consists of two regions - Basse-Normandie (nearest to Bretagne) and Haute-Normandie. Most visitors from abroad are attracted by relatively few places and the beaches are much less visited than those in Bretagne. However those that do attract, attract a multitude and most are covered here. Check out this Short guide to Normandy for a more detailed introduction to the region.
Clockwise from the English Channel (La Manche) the surrounding regions are Picardie, Île-de-France, Centre, Pays de la Loire and Bretagne. The departments of Normandie are Seine Maritime and Eure (Haute-Normandie) and Manch, Calvados and Orne (Basse-Normandie).
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Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most popular sights in Normandie, or anywhere in France for that matter. Mont Saint-Michel (English: Saint Michael's Mount) is a rocky tidal island and a commune. It is located just off the north coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island is just around 40!
The gardens, the interiors and the castle itself all offer a great moment to anyone interested in Architecture, History or a nice promenade. Address: Chateau de Beaumesnil, Beaumesnil, Phone: +33 (0)2 32 44 40 09, Hours: 10.30 to 18, Price: 3 - 7€
Normandie has a maritime climate with generally cool summers and mild winters. Most of the precipitation falls during the months of October to April, but showers in summer are common as well. Temperatures from June to August are mostly around 20 °C or a little more. Coastal areas are in general a little colder than inland areas during summer, but milder during winter. Winters last from December to March when it's mostly well above zero, at coastal areas even during the night. Inland, a little frost and snow is not unheard of but lately winters have been less severe than they used to be.
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