Split between Calvados and Orne, Norman Switzerland is a beautiful part of Normandy that boasts the distinguishing features of rolling terrain and gorges carved out by the River Orne and the passage of time. Norman Switzerland’s has inherited from the Armorican mountains a legacy of multiple mounts, some of which reach heights of over 300 metres. The region is an undulating alternation of granite rock, plains and lush green forests, a varied landscape which inevitably led to comparisons with Switzerland, hence the name.
In the typical towns and villages of Norman Switzerland
A stay in Norman Switzerland equates to a quiet break in natural surroundings that have remained intact as the picturesque towns and villages found their place. In Calvados, Clécy and its famous viaduct have mastered to perfection the exploitation of the River Orne to propose numerous watersports.
Come and explore the resort through guided tours, a discovery trail, nature walks, guided hikes and Nordic walking.
Further south, on the boundary of Orne, Condé-sur-Noireau is one of the region’s most dynamic towns. Traversed by the River Durance flowing through the town centre, it offers a very pleasant living environment. Just a few kilometres beyond the Orne boundary you can still find the most charming of villages, such as Athis-de-l’Orne or Putanges-le-Lac, and the manmade lake of Rabodanges, created in 1960 for the purpose of electricity production.
Norman Switzerland, nature itself
The most striking thing about Norman Switzerland is its lush greenery. Everywhere is green, but with a scattering of grey from the steep, craggy rocks. The Rock of Oëtre is perhaps the best demonstration of the harmony that reigns here between the mineral and vegetable worlds.
Located in the heart of Norman Switzerland, not far from the tiny village of Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne, it is home to one of the most beautiful natural lookout points in Western France. The site is ideal for walkers, although caution is required once at the top of the 118-metre precipice, so it’s hard to resist the urge to walk to the summit of this incredible site in Norman Switzerland.
Recreational heaven in Normandy
With such potential, Norman Switzerland inevitably has more activities than you can even imagine. The region’s woodland paths are indeed great terrain for walking, cycling and horseriding. The River Orne and its tributaries also make amazing playgrounds for canoeing enthusiasts and other watersports fans.
Last but not least, the high cliffs are great launch pads for paragliders. And those who are longing to give this activity a try can head for Saint-Omer for an introductory flight. There’s no more spectacular way to appreciate the surroundings.
Places to stay in Norman Switzerland
There are plenty of accommodation solutions for your stay in this sumptuous part of Normandy. To be at one with nature, try camping. The Rouvre campsite proposes a bucolic riverside setting on the banks of the Rouvre river.
In addition to these traditional tent or caravan pitches and mobile homes, the campsite also proposes chalets and even a bubble tent. For greater comfort, there are also a number of gîtes to accommodate visiting tourists.
A vast programme awaits you in Norman Switzerland. Come and enjoy a complete change of scene in this region of riches that beckons you. It’d almost be rude not to!