As an administrative region of France, Basse-Normandie, or Lower Normandy, was created in 1956, when the whole of Normandy has been divided into the two parts that make up Lower and Upper Normandy. Among Lower Normandy or Basse-Normandie communities include the capital Caen, along with Alençon, Argentan, Avranches, Bayeux, Cherbourg-Octeville, Deauville, Flers, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, Lisieux, Saint-Lô, and Tourlaville. The region also includes three departments, Calvados, Manche, and Orne. The region is situated west of the Dives River, the Pays d’Auge, a small part of the Pays d’Ouche, the Norman Perche, and part of the “French” Perche.
What to see & do
Lower Normandy is home to Mont Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, Mémorial de Caen, Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Airborne Museum, Juno Beach Centre, Bayeux Cathedral, La Cambe German War Cemetery, Phare de Gatteville, Parc Festyland, Pointe du Hoc, and Abbey of Saint-Étienne, to name a few. Le Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune within Normandy in France. The island is around 600 metres from land and is accessible on low tide. Additionally, it has held strategic fortifications since ancient times, and has been the seat of the Mont Saint-Michel monastery since the eighth century AD. Mémorial de Caen is a museum as well as a war memorial within Caen. The museum commemorates the WWII and the Battle for Caen. The memorial is dedicated to the history of violence and intensive conflict in the 20th century, especially during the WWII. The museum was then added and extended to handle an additional gallery, memorial gardens, among others. Musée Airborne or the Airborne Museum was established in 1964 in memory of the troops of the 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division who have landed in Normandy, hours before the Allied landings in Normandy. The museum’s collections have grown over time due to the donations by the townspeople and gifts from the veterans of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
How to get around within Basse-Normandie
There is no information on transportation within the whole region of Basse-Normandie, when within the region’s capital, Caen, however, travellers are given the option to get on ‘bus verts’. The bus verts are able to get its passengers throughout Normandy without difficulty. Caen and its surrounding suburbs also makes use of ‘Twisto’, a bus and tramway network with numerous stops that include but not limited to L'abbaye d'Ardenne, Les plages du Débarquement, Le pays d'Auge, La Suisse normande, Le Bessin, Le Bocage virois, and Le Mont Saint-Michel.
How to get there
Among the airports that serve Basse-Normandie, or Lower Normandy, in France include Caen-Carpiquet Airport and Deauville-Saint-Gatien Airport. Deauville-Saint-Gatien Airport has seasonal flights to and from Heraklion, Montpellier, London, Birmingham, Marrakech, as well as regular and seasonal charter flights to and from Malta and Djerba. These destinations can be reached via Aegean Airlines, Air France operated by HOP!, Air Malta, CityJet, Flybe, Jetairfly, Nouvelair, and Ryanair. The Caen-Carpiquet Airport on the other hand has regular flights to and from Lyon, London, as well as seasonal flights to and from Nice, Figari, Ajaccio, and Bastia, via Air France operated by HOP!, Flybe operated by Stobart Air, and Volotea.