This area on the Normandy coast is well suited for a riding tour with some fine opportunities for beach galloping and history galore.
It has special significance for Americans because it was here at Omaha Beach that our soldiers successfully made the D Day invasion which was a great turning point of the Second World War. Our bloody victory came at a great cost, as some 10,000 American soldiers are buried nearby. As you canter along the beach you can still see the formidable German fortifications built to repel the invasion and the sight cannot fail to fill your heart with pride.
The lodgings on this ride are mostly historic estates and chateaux, each of which is interesting in its own way. You will have a chance to canter on the beach below the Abby/Fortress of Mont St. Michel, one of the most spectacular fortresses in Europe, built on a rocky promontory at the end of a long tidal peninsula. At low tide you can walk there, but at high tide it is surrounded by water, making it almost impregnable against attack.