From Les Andaines to
Stage 1 : Bagnoles-de‑l’Orne
Nestling in the Andaines forest in the middle of the Normandie-Maine Regional Park with 250 kilometres of hiking or horse riding trails, this lovely spa resort is the perfect retreat for nature lovers.
At the Ferme de la Prémoudière, located in the small commune of Saint-Denis-de-Villenette, Marie and Pascal offer you an immersion in unspoilt countryside. Bed & Breakfast and numerous workshops are available at which you can learn all about the Calvados Domfrontais ecosystem.
Stage 2 : Domfront en Poiraie
In the narrow streets of the old town, the medieval past is everywhere you turn: an imposing château, cobbled courtyards, half-timbered houses and old stone walls. And for the real history lovers among you, there are two remarkable churches for you to explore!
Created in 1962, the “Comte Louis de Lauriston” cellars are now home to the forgotten treasures from the time of illicit distilling along with a unique range of vintages. Its history is inseparable from that of Pierre Dubourg, an infamous Calvados smuggler back in the 70s who was nicknamed the “James Bond” of Calvados.
Stage 3 : Cascades de Mortain
When you cross Mortain, if you stop and listen carefully, you can hear a rumbling sound. In a narrow, white-water canyon set in a remarkable rocky landscape, the Grande Cascade (big waterfall) is the only one like it in Normandy and also the largest in the west. The areas surrounding both the Grande Cascade and the Petite Cascade (little waterfall) are teeming with an incredible array of fauna and flora.
A short distance further on, in the village of Milly, the Coquerel Calvados distillery can welcome visitors for a tour and an explanation of Calvados distillation. Tucked away in its lush green setting, the Manoir du Coquerel has stood proudly amid the orchards since 1937.
Stage 4 : Granville
A popular seaside resort, the “Monaco du Nord ” has always been famous for its gentle way of life. The view of the Chausey Islands is just breathtaking and the blue lobster, a local speciality, shouldn’t be missed. Just ask Jonathan at l’Edulis! Round off the evening with a Calvados cocktail at La Rafale in the heart of the historic quarter.
Ready to set sail? Come and try your hand at some traditional sailing aboard a historic fishing boat in the Bay of the Mont Saint Michel. Excursions to Chausey, Jersey or Cancale are available for a half day, full day or longer, in a group or individually, there are options to suit everyone.
Stage 5 : Mont Saint-Michel
Rising up on a rocky islet, home to the highest tides in continental Europe, the famous Mont Saint-Michel and its abbey are home to many treasures. This is Normandy’s most famous monument and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.