to Le Perche
Stage 1 : Giverny
This village with its timeless charm was home to the painter-gardener Claude Monet for more than 40 years. His house and gardens reflect his Impressionist soul. Here the famous water garden with its Japanese bridge, pond, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas recreate the magic that so inspired the illustrious painter.
Stage 2 : Ivry-la-Bataille
In this charming old Normandy citadel, you will find the remains of one of the first stone castles ever built, in around the year 1000. A walking route offers a panoramic view of the town and the Eure river with its numerous watermills and waterworks that are a testament to the town’s industrial past. Whilst in Ivry la Bataille, pay a visit to Les Calvados Morin, one of the oldest Calvados producers in Normandy which specializes in the maturing of Calvados in its 19th-century underground cellars.
Stage 3 : La Ferté-Vidame
Relive the extravagance and splendour of the Age of Enlightenment! In the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche, the remains of the Château de la Ferté-Vidame and its 60 hectares of 18th-century French-style parkland form a captivating landscape steeped in history.
Stage 4 : Mortagne-au-Perche
Upon the hills, this medieval citadel with its cobbled streets and historic houses tinted with ochre, yellow and pink sand, limestone rocks and light, is well worth a visit. And just a few minutes away, the Cave Coopérative de Calvados du Perche in Saint-Langis-lès-Mortagne and La Maison Ferré, a family-run cider works and distillery in Comblot, are open to visitors by appointment. At both you will discover the authentic flavours of the region.
Stage 5 : Bellême
The former capital of Le Perche, this medieval citadel overlooks the forest of Bellême and the west of Le Perche. Take a stroll along the Rue Ville Close lined with colourful facades and townhouses dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. With its numerous antique and second-hand shops, Bellême is a paradise for bargain hunters!
A little further south, the Cidrerie Traditionnelle du Perche’s organic apple farm is open to visitors.
Stage 6 : Nogent-le-Rotrou
Lastly, pay a visit to the Capital of Le Perche. In the grounds of Château des Comtes du Perche, you will find an attractive museography which takes you on a voyage through time, from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution.