Eure, an almost landlocked department of Normandy, France, is a largely wooded plateau of the Seine River. The famous garden’s of Eure’s most famous son, Claude Monet, are still open to visitors, which brings a huge number of tourists to the area. Many visit the house and iconic lily garden and continue their journey south, although if they were to stay a little longer, they to would be captivated by the endless charm and peace of this tranquil, rural department.
The flat, woodland scenery of Eure have made the department a huge favourite with cyclists. Every year, those wanting an active cycling holiday in France flock to rent holiday rental accommodation in Eure and set of through the countryside enjoying the lush scenery, quaint, timbered farms and soaring chateaux like Richard the Lionheart’s dramatic Chateau Gaillard.
There is plenty for those with an interest in Medieval France to get excited about too. In fact, the bizarre angled houses of Pont-Audeme which date from the medieval period are worth visiting from any holiday rental home in Eure, regardless of your interest, as they are truly remarkable.
Visiting Giverny, the location of Claude Monet’s house, is always near the top of visitors lists of things to do in Eure, France. The house and gardens are open all year round, but draw the largest crowds during spring and summer as the gardens come into bloom.
If you are hoping to grab a round of golf from your Eure holiday rental apartment or gite, the course at Golf d’Evreux is one of the finest courses in the region. It is a course of wide, rolling fairways, bordered with thick woodland.
Evreux was very heavily bombed during WWII, and much of the town was completely levelled. However, the beautiful Evreux Cathedral and sections of the magnificent ancient ramparts managed to survive almost unscathed. The rebuilding of the town was largely for functional rather than aesthetic purposes, and the town is not one of the most beautiful, but there are many great shopping opportunities, and a number of magnificent restaurants to find.
Spring is one of the most popular times to visit Eure, partially because Monet’s garden comes into blossom. The year round climate of Eure is very mild, with average temperatures remaining around 17°C from June until late August, which is ideal for cycling through the department.
Skysouth airline provide direct flights hoping over the channel from Brighton to either Caen or Le Harve in Normandy, and Flybe also provide a service to Cherbourg, but you are more likely to find a good deal flying to Paris (CDG) and driving across into Eure. Alternatively, the Channel Tunnel and ferries to Le Harve or Dieppe carry cars, meaning that you can not only get cheap travel to Eure, but also have the convenience of having your car at your Eure holiday rental too.