Le Cotentin, the
Stage 1 : Coutances
The historical capital of the Cotentin, Coutances is the ideal starting point for exploring the peninsula. This dynamic town also boasts many architectural treasures including a cathedral, which is a masterpiece of Norman Gothic architecture.
Not far from Cotentin, Damien Lemasson welcomes visitors to his organic cider farm where they can learn all about the production of his apple-based beverages. On this farm, the Calvados Hors d’Age spend their final year in Pommeau casks acquiring smoothness, roundness and a gorgeous amber hue.
Stage 2 : Barneville-Carteret
Nestling in the recess of a bay and sheltered by the Cap de Carteret, this seaside resort sitting on an unspoilt coastline is the perfect place in which to recharge one’s batteries. Take in the view, stroll along the vast beaches and soak up the energy!
Ludovic Capelle in Sotteville (not far from the coast) welcomes visitors and extols the virtues of Kapelwick. This authentic and bracing Calvados reflects the land of its birth. The distillery offers visitors an immersive experience all year round.
Stage 3 : Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
Cherbourg-en-Cotentin boasts 5 ports (marina, fishing, commercial, cruise and military) and is at the junction of many different worlds. You can plunge into the depths of the English Channel at the la Cité de la Mer or simply explore the narrow picturesque streets of this historic old town.
Further to the west, head over to Port Racine to visit the smallest port in France or continue as far as the tip of Jobourg to take in some breathtaking scenery.
Stage 4 : Barfleur — Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue
Barfleur is classified as one of the prettiest villages in France and these two-stages-in-one should not be missed. Take a stroll along the waterfront or hop onboard the amphibious boat for a trip to Tatihou, whose Vauban towers are listed as World Heritage.
Stage 5 : Utah Beach
Not far from the village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise and its famous parachutist, you will find a museum on the spot where the American troops landed in Normandy on 6 June 1944. Here you will find everything there is to know about the biggest military operation of the 20th century.
Head back inland and call in at Maison Hérout, which has been in Auvers since 1946. A pioneer in organic growing, this producer offers a varied range of Calvados with a unique, fresh and vibrant character.