The word Normandy is synonymous, throughout the world, of peace and freedom.
Values that this region of northwestern France shares with olympism.
On the sand of Normandy was written one of the most important pages of world history: a decisive fight for the return of democracy and freedom in Europe. Since June 6, 1944, Normandy welcomes millions of visitors every year who come to maintain this memory. To go further and breathe new life into the annual international commemorations of 6 June 1944, the Normandy Region is setting up an ambitious meeting in 2018: the Normandy World Peace Forum. In Caen and on the D-Day beaches, taking advantage of the arrival of heads of state and veteran families to celebrate D-Day, the Region organizes a concert event as well as two days of meetings and debates on the theme of building world Peace. From then on, 2024 will be a unique moment of communion between the values of Olympism and those of the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Normandy still has many more treasures to share with sportsmen and sports fans from around the world gathered around the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. They will be able to discover, in the immediate vicinity of the capital, the amazing city of Le Havre, Cabourg the romantic, the prestigious Deauville, the pictorial Honfleur or the impressive cliffs of Etretat, not to mention the 8th wonder of the world: the Mont-Saint-Michel.
Normandy is also a land of abundance and contrasts that owes its notoriety to its landscapes and its lights, many times celebrated by painters (it is the cradle of Impressionism) and writers of great renown: Claude Monet, Jean-François Millet, Raoul Dufy, Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant, Victor Hugo, Maurice Leblanc...
Its millennia-old history is marked by exciting adventures (Viking epic, Joan of Arc) that have left a rich architectural heritage: the abbeys of Caen and Jumièges, the castle of Falaise, the medieval city of Bayeux, the Big Clock and the Rouen Cathedral, Claude Monet's House and Garden in Giverny, the half-timbered houses of the Land of Auge...
Located between Paris and London, crossed by the Seine Valley, Normandy occupies a unique and strategic place in the heart of North-West Europe. This region, open to the world, experienced in the organization of major events, naturally offers all the quality infrastructure needed to welcome visitors from all over the world.
Supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Normandy Region has sent UNESCO a request to list the remains and traces of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy as a World Heritage Site.