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Why Normandy should be your next holiday destination

Boasting a rich culinary heritage, the beautiful French region of Normandy should be on your list of places to visit come autumn. Just make sure to bring an appetite...

If you're looking for a food-packed holiday where you can fill your boots (and stomach) with the finer things in life, there's no need to look further than across the channel to scenic Normandy.

Accessible by ferry, car, train and plane from the UK, Normandy is a region that has a culinary heritage worth exploring, not least because of its many regional specialties. It's there that you'll find plenty of cider and perry, endless wheels of Normandy's four cheeses, rich-as-sin dairy products, and enough fresh fish and seafood to put our own shores to shame.

And it's there where a proper food tour awaits, too: explore the picturesque Pays d'Auge, home to Camembert, Livarot and Pont-l'Evêque cheese, and take yourself down the 40km Cider Route which links together 18 PDO-labelled cider producers. Sample oysters in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (recently voted France's favourite village), mussels in the beautiful Barfleur, or lobsters in Granville – France's number one shellfish port.

As you can probably tell, a lot in Normandy has been designated as "the best" that France has to offer. So, shop like a local at the extensive Saturday market in Dieppe (voted the second best market in France) and treat yourself to a superlative meal at one of the region's 29 Michelin-starred restaurants. While you're there, you might as well pay a visit to one of the many food festivals taking place over the autumn. From cider celebrations happening inland to the popular herring festivals taking place on the coast, whatever you end up doing, we have no doubt it'll be delicious.

Book your trip at normandy-tourism.org, follow @Normandy on Twitter, @normandy_tourism on Instagram, or search #NormandyFoodie

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