France is full of significant spots, but Brittany and Normandy are different. You know the history, but biking the coastline and standing among bunkers and gun posts at Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc make everything you've heard real. They're places full of stories and emotions. Feel free to take some back with you.
1 Bike through Normandy's classic woodland and heath Connoisseurs of Calvados will delight in cycling the scenic Cider Route Admire the timeless beauty of castles perched atop green rolling hills Arrive in elegant Cabourg, where Marcel Proust once spent his summers.
2 A spin across the Pegasus Bridge and the Orne River leads past the 18th-century Château de Bénouville Pedal from the Côte de Nacre to the Juno Beach Center Visit fascinating Arromanches, the D-Day beaches and the remains of historic Mulberry Harbor Constructed in just one week, the port is a marvel of engineering.
3 Join a local historian for a private tour of Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery Behold the shattered bunkers of the German stronghold of Pointe du Hoc Past and present come together in the beautifully preserved town of Bayeux, home to the epic 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the conquest of England by William the Conqueror.
4 Visit the island monastery of Mont-St-Michel, a World Heritage site, and retrace the final steps of a centuries-old pilgrimage to the summit Get to know riverfront Dinan, a walled medieval port town with half-timbered houses and a lovely maze of cobblestone streets Follow the idyllic Rance River to Dinard, overlooking the sea.
5-6 Bike past typical Breton villages, such as riverside St-Suliac, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (Most Beautiful Villages in France) St-Malo, a fortified oceanside city once notorious as a refuge of corsairs, is a great place to walk—hit the ramparts for sweeping vistas over the Emerald Coast Taste fresh oysters from a waterfront market in Cancale, the oyster capital of Brittany Enjoy a final ride featuring views of La Rance estuary and rolling hills.