Half-timbered house in Beuvron en Auge, Normandy

Cider, Calvados and Camembert: The Apple Road of Normandy

The Pays d'Auge is not only considered the original type of Normandy, it is also the home of the three "C's": cider, calvados and camembert. Travellers can trace the famous Norman products on the Route du Cidre - and discover some of the most beautiful villages in France.
The route, which is about 40 kilometres long, passes through Beaufour, Bonnebosq and Beuvron en Auge with its countless half-timbered houses. Around 20 producers open their doors along the way, show cellars and presses and let visitors taste their traditionally made products. Best time to visit: end of April, beginning of May during the DPO products market in Cambremer.

Colourful: The route of the fruits of Normandy

Apples and pears, cherries and plums: the special microclimate of the Seine Valley on the edge of the Parc Naturel des Boucles has favoured fruit growing in this part of Normandy for centuries. A tourist trail of around 60 kilometres leads through the picturesque river landscape: The Route of the Fruits of Normandy.
In spring the colourful show of blossoming fruit trees attracts visitors, in summer cherries and plums are offered along the trail, in autumn apples and pears. How must or jam is made can be learned in workshops of some producers. Sights like the Chateau d Etelan, the abbey of Jumièges or the mill of Hauville are to be visited. In St. Opportune la Mare an apple museum awaits you.

Connects six communities: The Rhineland Apple Route

Apple plantations, asparagus fields, orchard meadows: The Rhineland Apple Route stretches for around 120 kilometres along the Voreifel around the former federal capital Bonn. The cycle route leads to regional farm shops that sell not only apples but also seasonal vegetables, over volcanically shaped hill country to valleys and plains that were already cultivated in Roman times. 
Adventure stations along the way tell about the history and culture of the region: in Alfters, for example, information boards provide information about bees. And in Flerzheim you can find out how the apple came to Central Europe.