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The Norman bocage

The joy and beauty of wooded countryside

Half-way between Caen and Mont Saint-Michel, just south of Bayeux and around 20 km from the hotel, discover the beauty of the Norman bocage, a staple of Normandy’s countryside. In this landscape where the tall shale cliffs give away to rolling plains, you’ll discover castles, chapels and abbeys dotted about charming villages and hamlets by gentle bodies of water. What distinguishes the Norman bocage are the hedgerows and wooded areas that encircle the fields where the famous Norman cows graze. This countryside is also the ideal playground for lovers of bungee jumping (from the viaduct constructed by Gustave Eiffel in the Soleuvre Valley), as well as walkers, cyclists and horse-riders with nearly 1000 km of paths.

From Vire, the bocage’s capital, to Villers-Bocage, Aunay-sur-Odon or Saint-Sever-Calvado, there are plenty of small towns to visit for shopping or discovering the area’s heritage. There’s also Andouille-de-Vire, where foie-gras, snails and cider are produced. Indeed, if you love authentic food and drink, you’ll love the Norman bocage, where you can discover the best in Norman cuisine by visiting a workshop making authentic Andouille-de-Vire produce, or by meeting numerous local producers on the Route des Traditions. If you prefer more rugged landscape, head down the Vire Gorges Route with its breathtaking vistas.