From the emotion of the D-Day beaches to the sophistication of Deauville, here’s how to see the best of Normandy in a long weekend, via day trips from Honfleur.

It felt like I was back in Ireland. We were driving along the narrow country roads – at some points barely room for two cars – that connected Normandy’s villages and towns. Passing by walls of ripened maize and harvested wheat fields, dotted with tightly-wound straw bales, curious cows looked on. In adjacent orchards, apple trees groaned with fruit ready to be transformed into delicious local cider or calvados.

Normandy is often ignored by northern Europeans in their haste to reach the delights of Provence, the Languedoc or the Cote D’Azur. This is a shame because this region of France has much to offer visitors, from its spectacular coastline to its charming towns and villages.

Are you curious to know more and want to put together a great itinerary? Well, read on. Here’s how we explored Normandy over three days, using Honfleur as a base.