Stay in Normandy
The Acropole Hotel and its covered pool
You’ve spent enough time lazing around our covered pool (its roof is retracted when the weather is good enough) - now go and discover Rouen, the capital of Normandy, just 70 km from Bernay and our hotel! The streets of Old Rouen will enchant you with its timber-framed houses, featuring emblematic wide, curved windows. This is the hometown of such luminaries as the playwright brothers Pierre and Thomas Corneille, the great Romantic artist Théodore Géricault (creator of “The Raft of the Medusa”) and - more famously - the author Gustave Flaubert. The author of “Madame Bovary” was born in his family home on the present-day Rue Lecat, which has been transformed today into the Musée Gustave Flaubert et d’Histoire de la Médecine (Gustave Flaubert and History of Medicine Museum). You can also discover the Gothic Saint-Maclou and Saint-Ouen Churches, the impressive and sombre Saint-Maclou cemetery, dating back to the Black Death of 1348.
One of the most important museums concerning contemporary history in Europe, the Mémorial de Caen covers the run-up to the Second World War up to the divisions of the Cold War over 14,000 m² across 3 floor, with 5600 m² devoted to permanent exhibitions. This is all against the sombre backdrop of the Souvenir, American, Canadian and British Gardens.
The Côte Fleurie harkens back to the era of 19th century seaside resorts, with villas and their lush gardens dotting the coast from Honfleur to Merville-Franceville. In Deauville, tread the famous boardwalk made of ekki, rot-proof precious wood from Cameroon. In Honfleur, follow in the footsteps of the Impressionist painter Eugène Boudin by capturing the light of the port in paint. Meanwhile in Cabourg, the inspiration for the town of Balbec in the works of Marcel Proust, you too can head “In Search of Lost Time”...
Finally, head back to the Acropole through the Pays d’Auge. Across its gentle slopes and its picturesque little villages, set off on a delicious gastronomic exploration.