Straddling the three French departments of Calvados, Orne and Eure, Auge Country is an iconic natural region of Normandy. Officially a “land of art of history” since 2000, it stretches across some 1,750km² of Normandy’s 29,906km².
Visit the most beautful towns of Auge Country
Sightseeing in Auge inevitably includes a visit to the region’s most beautiful towns. Most of Auge Country is situated in Calvados, the department where, logically, the majority of towns and villages can be found. Not just any towns and villages, but some of the most beautiful along the Channel coastline. Visit the casino of Cabourg, go to the races in Deauville, or enjoy a walk in the beautiful port of Honfleur. A little further south, head for the authentic settings of Orne, such as the pastures and apple orchards of Vimoutiers, or Gacé, home of the legendary “Dame aux Camélias” (Camille).
The incomparable gastronomy of Normandy
The very mention of Normandy conjures images of grazing cows and, above all, cheese. As in the rest of the region, the soils of Auge Country are hugely generous. Their top ambassador, a cheese named Camembert, came straight from the heart of Auge, invented by Marie Herel in 1791, at the Beaumoncel manor near the village of Camembert. Head north to sample Livarot and Pont-l’Evêque in the villages after which these cheeses were of course named.
But Normandy is also the land of apples and of the famous beverages made from them. Auge Country is no exception, boasting two well-known apple-based drinks under the PDOs “Calvados Pays d’Auge” and “Cidre Pays d’Auge”, to be enjoyed responsibly.
Auge Country, a region with a well-known past
Besides its cultural and gastronomical dimensions, Normandy is, sadly, famous for some notorious events. Indeed, people across the world know exactly where Normandy is, because of the D-Day Landings on the region’s beaches during the Second World War, on 6th June 1944. And of course, Auge Country was not spared by this tragic chapter in history. Our duty of remembrance will always lead visitors to the historic sites of the Battle of Normandy (18th-22nd August 1944) between Chambois and Vimoutiers. Pay them a visit and, to ensure this event is never forgotten, the Montormel Memorial is there to tell the story.
An icon of the Normandy countryside
Normandy’s most beautiful landscapes are also to be found in the Auge region. Between the coastline and the rural hinterland, in an alternation of fields, rolling plateaus and forestland, it doesn’t take long to truly switch off. In the unspoilt land of Orne, visitors can enjoy a meaningful change of scene and a sense of serenity rarely felt before. Walk along the Touques river, or around the lake of the Vitou estate, to be at one with nature in the heart of Auge Country.
The region beckons you to get lost in its midst and find your own path back to your inner self.