The Eure Department is a great place for natural and friendly holiday or weekend breaks, as well as comforting, romantic and out-of-the-ordinary stays. Maybe you already know Normandy's main attractions and you are now looking for unexpected experiences. Focus on our favourite weekend breaks. Four weekend ideas for four different feelings. That's the idea behind this selection to explore the Eure differently.
Arm in arm, we wander around the mesmerizing ruins of Fontaine-Guérard in Radepont and we fall under the spell this former Cistercian Abbey. Here, close to the stream that gave its name to the abbey, a pine tree and a chestnut tree have their branches intertwined as if they were embracing. A beautiful tribute to love and to two legendary lovers! Then, head for Lyons-la-Forêt, listed among the Most Beautiful Villages in France, it is a classic stop of romantic getaways. Stocking up on local products, going bargain and antique hunting, enjoying a glass of cider on a terrace, walking around the beautiful beech grove, etc. In Lyons-la-Forêt, we have all the pleasures! To make the most of your romantic weekend break, book at La Licorne****. Chic décor, Michelin-starred restaurant and spa cabin nestled in a remarkable sequoia: an ideal place for amazing moments of relaxation and wellbeing together.
At Les Cigognes, you can hire a bike and order a packed lunch made with local products to go for an exciting two-wheeled adventure in the heart of the Marais Vernier. Along the way, between reed beds and wet meadows, you will meet the best keepers of the area: Highland Scottish cattle and Camargue horses. Then, you can spend the night at the holiday cottage La Pomme d’Or in Beuzeville, an unusual holiday cottage in a classic American Airstream caravan for a retro getaway where you can also treat yourself to a ride in a Ford Mustang or to a 1950s pin-up makeover.
For a retro getaway in Normandy, what could be more inspiring than exploring Giverny, Vernon and the Seine Valley in a legendary 2CV car with the friendly Cédric of Ô Temps Normands at the wheel! Then, take time to visit Giverny, Claude Monet's village, to admire his extraordinary garden, visit art galleries and admire the spring exhibition at the museé des impressionnismes Giverny. A stone's throw away from there stands the refined hotel and restaurant Jardin des Plumes that will welcome you for the night. To complete the experience, try David Galienne and his team's creative Impressionist cuisine.
Take the whole family to Val-de-Reuil's Biotropica Tropical Greenhouse and Zoological Park. Monkeys, scorpions, lorikeets, piranhas, alligators, red pandas, penguins, etc., more than 1000 animals from all over the world live there, including cheetahs in the new African area. The whole family then gets on board the Liberté Seine, Captain Polny's boat, for a cruise along the river Seine full of historical anecdotes and fun facts. Enjoy a new experience and spend the night in a cosy and comfortable, fully-equipped tipi tent in Les Andelys. An unforgettable back-to-nature break for the kids.
So how do you feel in Normandy?