Worth a visit - Camembert

Camembert is an enchanting southern Normandy village as well as a very famous Normandy cheese. With its timber-frame farms built on lush green slopes, the village presents a wonderful image of typical Normandy countryside. Of course Camembert cheese takes centre stage for visitors to the place.

What to see

  • La Maison du Camembert (museum): to learn all about the Pays d'Auge and how Camembert is made.
  • La Maison de Camembert :(House of Camembert): Amusingly shaped to resemble the classic round Camembert cheese box, this centre puts on exhibitions in summer.
  • Le manoir de Beaumoncel : This lovely historic farm has kept a good deal of its period charm. It is from here that Marie Harel and her family, apparently aided by a priest from the Brie cheese-producing area near Paris, would develop Camembert cheese into such a global success.
  • La Héronnière Farm - Fromagerie Durand: this dairy farm has the distinction of being the last in Camembert to produce authentic A.O.C. Camembert from raw milk, hand moulded with a ladle in the traditional way.

 

Nearby...

  • Visit the local producers : In Camembert and its area, seek out local producers and discover their delicious products: there is AOC cider and Calvados, of course, but also poiré (pear cider), cream, and tripe kebabs from La Ferté-Macé, without forgetting the incomparable black pudding from Mortagne-au-Perche... all these succulent products are a gourmet's delight.
  • La Camembertière: A restaurant in Champeaux which specialises in dishes made with Camembert and more. Here, tradition rubs shoulders with innovative cooking.
  • Le Sap : This little town with its medieval atmosphere has a local ecomusée, entitled ‘From the apple to Calvados’, where you can learn all about traditional methods of producing cider and apple spirit.

Nearby

Normandy must-sees close to Camembert

  • The religious city of Lisieux draws vast numbers of Catholics. In fact, it is considered the second most important pilgrimage town in France, thanks to its 19th-century saint, Thérèse Martin. Thérèse’s fame also explains Lisieux’s extravagant 20th-century hillside basilica, outdoing the medieval cathedral.
  • The Haras du Pin is the oldest, most aristocratic, most striking national stud in France. Founded by Louis XIV, its bears the nickname of ‘the equestrian Versailles’ well. In its idyllic setting in southern Normandy, in a region renowned for its centuries-old horse-breeding traditions, the stud stages equine events.
  • Set in beautiful hills known as Les Alpes Mancelles, Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei has a big character, explaining its membership of the association Les Plus Beaux Villages de France®. Artists adored it, including Corot and Courbet, pre-Impressionist landscape painters.