Summer is over, but how about extending your off-season holiday in Normandy for a weekend or a week?

In September and October, the days are still beautiful and mild. The surrounding nature is slowly changing into its autumnal colours.

la plage de luc sur mer

Credit : Fabien Mahaut

Going out of season is a good idea! Less people, less money and still sunny days. Opting for a holiday during the famous Indian summer is an opportunity to discover beautiful walks, to taste local specialities or to visit museums that are less frequented during this period.

If you don’t know where to go during this privileged period, choose to put your bags down in the Cœur de Nacre, in Normandy! Far from the hustle and bustle of summer, the large sandy beaches are yours to explore. Rediscover the pleasure of strolling along the seashore or walking through the Normandy countryside.

Here are the top activities and outings for the Indian summer.

Walking to admire the architectural heritage

eglise bernieres sur mer credit nathalie papouin 3

A 12th century church, an 18th century carved portal, a listed manor house… the communes of the Cœur de Nacre are full of architectural curiosities.

The Tourist Office team has put together a dozen suggestions for walks between land and sea, to discover the heritage.

Wellness session

les bains japonais thalasso des 3 mondes luc sur mer credit mathilde lelandais

The Thalasso des 3 mondes in Luc-sur-Mer offers 3 cocooning areas: the traditional oriental hammam, the Japanese baths and the seawater jet pool.

A wide range of massages and thalasso treatments are also available to pamper yourself!

Taste the local specialities

gastronomie fete de la coquille courseulles sur mer novembre 2018 credit claire tendron 1

The scallop is making a comeback at the Courseulles-sur-Mer fish market from mid-October.

The seaside resort invites you to the shell festival on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2022. On the programme: sea songs, craft and sea market, procession and blessing of the decorated boats.

Learn to fish on foot

During the high tides, the sea gradually recedes to reveal a vast expanse of rocks and sand. The beaches of the Côte de Nacre from Bernières-sur-Mer to Luc-sur-Mer are the ideal hunting ground for anglers. You can find crabs, bouquet, green crabs and limpets.

peche a pied sur la cote de nacre

Credit : L. Durand-Calvados Attractivité

The next high tides :

  • From 10 to 13 September, maximum coefficient at 105
  • From 26 to 29 September, maximum coefficient 95
  • From 8 to 12 October, maximum coefficient 101
  • From 25 to 28 October, maximum coefficient 98
  • From 24 to 26 November, maximum coefficient 96

Tide times :

Visit the D-Day landing beaches away from the crowds

centre juno beach credit cjb g.wait

Credit : G. Wait

In 1944, on 6 June and during the long summer that followed, men from all over the world came to fight in Normandy and then in Europe to give us back our Freedom.

The Juno Beach Centre tells the story of the Canadian soldiers who landed on the Juno sector of the D-Day landing beaches.

The Station Radar 44 of Douvres-la-Délivrande presents, in the period bunkers, the history of the site, the radar and the daily life of German soldiers.

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Enjoy the autumn activities

The medieval festival of Douvres-la-Délivrande, Halloween in Courseulles-sur-Mer, the scallop festival in the ports of Calvados, guided tours of natural areas… there are many events in the autumn.

The team at the Courseulles-sur-Mer, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and Luc-sur-Mer tourist offices is at your disposal to help you prepare your stay.

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