Stumped for date ideas in Normandy?
No matter what your interests are, you’ll find plenty to see and do. But we understand the need to create a positive and lasting impression. So here are 7 unusual date ideas to try in Normandy, guaranteed to lead to many more fun get-togethers.
Take A Historical War-Era Tour
Normandy is perhaps best known for its historical significance in World War 2. We all enjoy the liberties we have today, thanks mostly to the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the time. Pay homage to the heroes of this awful war and enjoy an educational experience you’ll never forget, with a WW2 tour.
A Band of Brothers Tour brings history to life, with many tour packages available for those more interested in the war era. Although they offer tours of all historical sites, many are focused on the well-known landing beaches of Normandy.
Charter A Sailboat For The Day
Want your date to feel like a movie star? It’s easier than you think. Channel your inner celebrity, and charter a sailboat for the day. It’s not only a romantic date idea, it’s also a great way to get some fresh air and sunshine. Normandy also has such beautiful scenery, it’d be a shame to stay cooped up indoors.
Le Menhir Location et Bateau is one of the more popular boat hire facilities, but there are several sailboat charter businesses along the Normandy coast. You can choose to skipper your own boat or request a skipper, giving you the freedom to sit back, relax, and enjoy the views.
Admire Centuries Worth Of Fine Art
If you and your date both have a shared passion for the arts, you’ll enjoy going to art galleries or museums of fine art. We know that art lovers can’t miss the opportunity to view one of the largest impressionist collections in France, so be sure to visit the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.
Here, you can admire centuries’ worth of fine art, including paintings and sculptures dating back to the 15th century. There’s also an impressive impressionist painting collection, thanks to generous donations throughout the 19th century.
Explore A Palace From The 1800s
Normandy has many beautiful old buildings to visit, from old cathedrals and chateaus to museums and art galleries. But nothing beats a palace, especially the famous Palais Benedictine. This gorgeous building, inspired by Gothic and Renaissance architecture, has an interesting backstory.
Built by a wine merchant in honor of a liqueur created by a Benedictine monk in the 16th century, this palace became the home of his sumptuous art collection. The Benedictine liquor is still loved in Normandy to this day, and a tour of the palace will also include a trip to the distillery where it is produced.
Go On A Hike With Stunning Sea Views
What constitutes a great date for you? Doing a fun activity together. Watching the sunrise or sunset, or just soaking up some incredible views? Well, when you go on a day hike, you can enjoy all of the above. The Etretat Cliffs is the perfect destination for a hike with a difference.
Even famous artists could not resist the beauty of this location, so we know you’ll love it too. Enjoy a walk along the beach at sunrise or sunset, or take a hike up to the top of the white chalk cliffs for spectacular views. There are excellent photo ops in this magical location, so take pics to remember your wonderful outdoor date.
Navigate The Countryside On Electric Scooters
Perhaps you prefer getting around without working up a sweat. You could, of course, hire a car for the day. But you’ll get to explore the countryside so much more freely on an electric scooter. It’s ideal for outdoorsy people who don’t like their sports too extreme.
Yes, an electric scooter is a fun date idea that allows you to explore so much more than you’d see from a tour bus or even a car. And don’t worry about getting lost, either. There are guided electric scooter tours that promise fun without fear.
Enjoy A Picnic By A Fortress
A picnic is the perfect combo of al fresco dining and enjoying the outdoors. You may enjoy it so much that you’re inspired to picnic around Europe. In days gone by, the picnic was a popular date activity, and we think it’s about time it saw a revival.
So head to the grounds of the Chateau Gillard historical fortress. Enjoy a delicious picnic and then go and explore the hilltop ruins. We highly recommend some freshly baked bread for your picnic hamper. The Aux Pains Populaires bakery in Dieppe has people raving about their brioche.