Valentine's Day

Normandy is the perfect French destination for a Valentine's Day break!

Normandy: Love, Food and Drink

Neufchâtel is one of Normandy’s oldest cheeses and is often recognised by its distinctive heart shape. Tradition has it that during the many wars during the Middle Ages between France and England, young Norman girls would give English soldiers a special heart-shaped Neufchâtel cheese as a token of their affection. Why not continue this tradition this year on 14th February by giving your Valentine a special taste of Normandy?

Normandy is also the home to delicious seafood and the local oysters are a must for your menu this Valentine’s Day. Along the Channel Coast round the Cotentin peninsula, Normandy’s oyster beds are world renowned. Why not treat yourself to this aphrodisiac delight for your special Valentine’s Day menu? Oysters from Normandy are wonderful served simply with a squeeze of lemon juice or in a wine vinegar sauce.

And a special Valentine’s Day tipple? Do pop the cork on a bottle of local poiré, or perry made from the pears in Normandy’s orchards. This sparkling pear cider has a light and fruity taste and makes a refreshing, low alcoholic change. Serve chilled and with a sprinkling of fresh raspberries to decorate your flûte. Santé aux amoureux!

Romance in Normandy

The association between Normandy and romance crosses the centuries and art forms, from Victor Hugo, the father of French Romantic movement to Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary with her tragic love story.

Normandy also offers a unique backdrop for many cinema classics. The beach at Deauville in Claude Lelouch’s A Man and a Woman springs to mind, as do the streets of Cherbourg in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a film which inspired last year’s hit-movie La La Land.

Every year in June, the coastal town of Cabourg plays host to the Romantic Film Festival where cinema lovers can lose themselves in the romance of 70 international films over 5 days. This year's edition takes place from 12th to 16th June.

Romance in Cabourg

Cabourg, on the Flowered Coast, is Normandy's romantic capital. From 14 to 17 February this year, the beautiful and cosy town will play host to a wealth of romantic events, including horse and carriage walks, photo sessions and live shows. The town centre will be decorated with over 1000 heart-shaped balloons!

Full programme here (in French).

Cabourg - Grand Hôtel ©OT Cabourg

Romantic places to stay

A weekend away to relax and take time to enjoy each others' company at this most romantic of moments is a great idea. Why not wander down the Seine or venture along the Channel coast to one of the fishing villages or resorts? You'll be spoilt for choice.

The tourist board has handpicked a selection of hotels with restaurants which offer a delightful stop off with excellent food and a unique place to take in the local character. Just click here for more information.