Whether you live in the region or simply want to spend a weekend there to take a breath of fresh air: it is impossible to get bored in Normandy. To give you a little help, we have compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of activities to do there in November.
The summer holidays seem to be a distant memory, and we will have to wait a few more weeks before starting the end of year celebrations. The month of November seems like the perfect time to get away for a weekend. Your destination? Normandy and more specifically the Côte Fleurie and the Pays d'Auge, which are full of fun and gourmet activities. And for those who would be lucky enough to live in one of the towns in the region: good news, you are already there to take advantage of it.
1.For fishing enthusiasts
When it comes to fishing, two categories seem to clash. First, fishing which requires the purchase of a rod (and a whole range of very technical equipment which, let's face it, is not very practical to store). Then walk fishing, which we highly recommend you practice in the cities of Cabourg, Houlgate or even Merville-Franceville-Plage.
Important step: equip yourself. For this you will need a small rake or an handles, for an bucket (or a basket) and finally a ruler - note that these are available in the tourist offices of the territory, and are used to measure your loot. And since we're on the subject of loot, here's what you can fish for in this funny activity: shells, knives, grey shrimp or even let's fly.
When to go fishing on foot?
Like any activity relating to fauna and flora, certain periods (of the year as of the day) are more favorable than others. We recommend that you launch the “start signal” about two hours before low tide. To know the schedules of this one, which vary daily, do not hesitate to rely on the page of tide schedule. Note that there will be high tides on November 24, 25 and 26, 2022.
The 3 commandments of shore fishing:
- The marine environment you will respect
- On the tides you will find out
- The appropriate dress you will adopt
It is well known that among the sweets that the Normandy has to offer, apples take pride of place. Today, many cider producers now offer discovery tours, among other things to pick up the apples that will be used to make the precious beverage.
There are more than 10 varieties of apples: making it one of the seasonal consumable fruits throughout the year. On the harvest side, especially in the region, some periods are more favorable than others. For apple picking, meet from September 000 to October 15.
Beuvron-en-Auge and its surroundings are full of quality cider-producing estates. We have selected three.
The Dupont estate
In this family estate of nearly 30 hectares, the cider* is worked with as much attention as the wine. The techniques used? The same as to make the calvados*. Here, you can stroll between the 6 apple trees (of 000 different varieties of apples) and mix business with pleasure by combining the guided tour with a tasting.
The Desvoye cider house
Nestled in Saint-Aubin-Lébizay, this historic farm is unique in many ways. First, because the apples are picked there by hand. Second, because it produces its own honey. Thirdly, because it also hosts a gîte, for rent throughout the year.
The Denis Cellar
Opened to the public in 1989, it nevertheless forgets its traditions. are produced in the domain : raw cider*, semi-dry cider*, extra-brut cider*, Calvados* AOC Vieille Réserve and 18 years of age as well as perry*. Yes, there is something for everyone. The hardest ? Choose your favorite beverage during the tasting.
* Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health, consume in moderation.
The Cider Route
To find out more about the world of the apple, and the resulting golden nectars, embark on thea Cider Route, which crosses the villages of the Pays d'Auge and the fields of apple trees. Along the way, you can discover the architectural gems, from the typical villages of the region to the emblematic mansions.
The course that awaits you? Arrowed, it extends over no less than 40 kilometers, and connects Beuvron-en-Auge, Cambremer, Bonnebosq and Beaufour Druval.
3.For the curious
To each desire its circuit. Throughout the year, the Normandie Cabourg Pays d'Auge tourist office offers routes sometimes cultural, sometimes athletes, to satisfy everyone's tastes. What to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the territory - on foot, by bike or by car. We have selected three options:
The circuit of the villas of Cabourg
Between half-timbered houses and large mansions, it's very simple: the architectural landscape of the city is diverse, to say the least. Among the most emblematic places, we find in particular the Villa du Temps retrouvé (15 avenue du president Raymond Poincaré), but also: the Marie-Antoinette villa (17 avenue Aristide Briand), or the villa Le Campanile (4 avenue du Commandant Touchard).
The Houlgate impressionists circuit
Here, everything is done on foot — to (better) follow in the footsteps of Edgar Degas, Gustave Caillebotte and Paul Huet. Departure ? Given in front of the town hall. To discover, among others:
- The residence La Baronnie;
- The Villa Girardet;
- The Villa Bethany;
- The Charcoal villa;
- The former Grand Hotel.
The circuit of charming churches around Beuvron-en-Auge
Aristocratic, Romanesque, bucolic or even unusual: the places of worship in the region have many specificities. If the churches are not all open to the public (except, sometimes, during masses) they can be admired just as well from the outside.
4.For nature lovers
Are birds your hobby? Rejoice: there is a ornithological reserve of 104 hectares in the Pays d'Auge, nestled not far from La Dives. Managed by the Calvados Hunters Federation, the ornithological reserve of Saint Samson offers throughout the year animations around the fauna, flora and more generally nature. The visits, lasting an average of 2h30, will allow you to discover the emblematic species of the region - with, as a bonus, the explanations of an expert guide in the field.
November, the right time?
Bingo! The Saint Samson reserve opens its "doors" every year between November 1 and March 31. In the coldest months of the year, it is 80% covered with water. Translation ? You will be able to discover several facets of it, depending on the period in which you decide to go there. And to take full advantage of it, climb into one of the observatories (or one of the telescopes) of the site to observe the wealth of fauna.