Between Dieppe and Paris, 1h30 from Paris, 1 hour from Rouen, 40 mn from Giverny and Beauvais airport, discover the Vexin Normand.
Venture off the beaten track for a trip in Normandy: discover a region with an exceptional heritage, its typical Norman lifestyle and countryside villages surrounded by rivers and wide-open spaces with fields. It has that little extra something that makes all the difference between a holiday in the Vexin Normand and a holiday in the French countryside: discover an area of Normandy close to many major cities and and sites of interest in both Normandy and the Paris region. Enjoy your escape in the Norman countryside in a lively and relaxing area, where little villages and town offer film screenings, exhibitions, festivals, concerts or fairs.
Relax in the gateway to Normandy from Paris
The Vexin Normand offers everything you imagine the Normandy countryside to be:
Heritage sites to visit : some of them are millennial, such as the castle of Gisors,
The charm of Norman countryside: half-timbered houses adorned with pink bricks or cob, often abundantly flowered in the fine season,
A country setting conducive to rest and outdoor leisure activities, with hiking trails fields and meadows as far as the eye can see, rivers that punctuate a preserved environment,
The Norman “art de vivre”, gastronomy and “terroir” that give that very special flavor to a stay in Normandy.
Discover a land
with a strong Norman character
The Vexin Normand asserts an identity forged by its medieval past as the historic frontier between the Duchy of Normandy and the Kingdom of France.
The Epte River, the natural marker of this ancient frontier, announces your arrival in Normandy.
Let yourself be surprised by its fortified castles and farms and the vestiges of this medieval period, which mark a major page in the history of France. Visit Gisors, historic capital of the Vexin Normand region, to explore this medieval city criss-crossed by the Epte canals. The town is dominated by its imposing fortified castle, haloed by the legend of the Templar treasure, which overlooks a superb cathedral-like church.
As far as landscapes are concerned, multicolored fields await you, with, in season, the blue of flax, the bright yellow of rapeseed, and verdant meadows to offer you horizons as far as the eye can see. To the north of our territory, join the Lyons state forest, the largest beech forest in France: some of our villages are on the edge of this majestic forest in every season. As you pass through our villages, the half-timbering and cob of the longères or the pink bricks of the large farmhouses, manor houses and châteaux, follow on from the limestone to confirm that you are indeed in Normandy.
Less than 100 km from Paris
Overcome your prejudices
here, countryside is active and creative!
Discover our art of living
The Vexin Normand is the counter-example to the inanimate countryside. There’s always a show, a party, an exhibition to see. In spring and summer, you’ll be amazed at the dynamism of our country villages, which create open-air photo festivals, music festivals, open ephemeral bars in barns opening onto meadows.
Take the Vexin Normand “route des Brocantes” to hunt for stylish home pieces of furniture and decoration as you explore our pretty villages in a mini road trip mode: you’ll fill up on discovery and gourmet stops along the way.
Discover the convivial places where you’ll love going out. Take a look at our diary to spot the exhibitions, festivities, cultural events and outing ideas that will enhance your stay.