Lisieux is a French town situated in Normandy, and surrounded by the hedged farmlands, for which this region is most associated. The town suffered heavy damage during the last years of the Second World War, and in fact, nearly sixty per cent of it was destroyed. There is much to see and do in and around the town, and a visit here is most suitable for those people interested in finding out a little more about the French culture and way of life. Self catering accommodation in Lisieux is available in many forms, ranging from farmhouses to cottages, all of which offer the comforts of a home away from home.
A more relaxed pace of life in the country is one of the appealing highlights of holidays in Lisieux area, although of course, there is plenty to see and do. Whilst the cottage will more likely than not be on the outskirts of town, a journey in to the centre will reveal some fine old buildings to be visited and admired. The Saint-Pierre cathedral is one such place, and was one of the few buildings to remain intact after the allied bombing campaigns in 1944. Its Gothic style architecture is an early example. The Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet is a brick and timber building dating from the fifteenth century and includes a moat and a peacock garden. There are also opportunities to cycle, walk, swim, golf and fish within this region.
The entire area of Normandy is worth closer investigation and exploration. To do so, having a car is advisable. If you have travelled from the United Kingdom by car to your cottage in Lisieux, then this will give the freedom needed to make the most of your time there. Many people visit the D-Day landing beaches in order to try and put some perspective on to those events during the 1940’s which so affected this part of France, Europe and the world. Every town in the area seems to also have a remarkable church or cathedral, and over in Bayeux, the Bayeux Tapestry is a fine historical artefact dating from the time of the Normans.
If you are travelling from England, you may not find the weather during your holidays in Lisieux to be all that different from back home. Perhaps slightly less rain though! The climate can be described as a temperate one with slight humidity. The months between April and September are the most pleasant to visit, when the rain is less, and the temperatures are consistently around the low twenties degrees Celsius. That said, many people find the idea of renting a cottage in Lisieux during the autumn months appealing, especially if it has an open fire, which adds to the charm of the stay. The average rainfall for this part of Normandy is around 22 inches.
If travelling from the United Kingdom, there are a couple of ways to do it. The best is by ferry, as this means that you will also be able to use your car to take day trips into the Normandy region without having to hire. If staying in self catering accommodation in Lisieux, then a car will also prove useful in order to stock up at the supermarket. There are also flights from Rennes Airport (RNS), in Brittany, from Southampton (SOU) and Manchester (MAN).