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Over a third of the region's population lives in predominantly rural zones
Sustainable urban areas play a major role: the majority of purchasing takes place within the urban area
Workplace, services, education and leisure facilities close at hand



TRADE AND SERVICES

Number of self-service trade outlets at 1st September 2008:

Hypermarkets: 55 in Normandy (1,594 throughout Metropolitan France), i.e. 168m2 for 1,000 inhabitants (145m2 for 1,000 inhabitants in Metropolitan France)
Supermarkets: 146 in Normandy (5,479 throughout Metropolitan France), i.e. 131m2 for 1,000 inhabitants (114m2 for 1,000 inhabitants in Metropolitan France)
Hard discount: 124 in Normandy (4,369 throughout Metropolitan France), i.e. 54m2 for 1,000 inhabitants (49m2 for 1,000 inhabitants in Metropolitan France)
DIY(do-it-yourself) shop 76 in Normandy (2,377 throughout Metropolitan France), i.e. 126m2 for 1,000 inhabitants (117m2 for 1,000 inhabitants in Metropolitan France)
Garden centres: 44 in Normandy (1,509 throughout Metropolitan France), i.e. 107m2 for 1,000 inhabitants (78m2 for 1,000 inhabitants in Metropolitan France)

The inhabitants of Normandy's boroughs and small towns have no reason to envy those from neighbouring regions in terms of competitive trade supply. Over 8 out of 10 of Normandy's inhabitants reside outside the region's three main conurbations (Caen, Alençon and Cherbourg), and find all they need, within their respective sustainable urban area, to eat, drink, clothe themselves, furnish their homes... Such commodities are generally more rapidly accessible for Normans than they are for other French nationals (an average of 7 minutes by car, compared to a national average of 9 minutes).


LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Normandy provides a genuine mosaic of contrasting landscapes: bocage and forest, valleys and rivers, marshlands and estuaries, dunes and cliff tops. The region encompasses three Regional Natural Parks (Normandie-Maine, Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin and Perche). Some 470km of coastline border the English Channel from Honfleur to the Mont-Saint-Michel.
Normandy is a land of history with a rich and multifarious architectural and cultural heritage, bearing witness, to this very day, to both prosperous and troublesome periods alike: churches and abbey churches (Caen, Mont-Saint-Michel) , cathedrals (Bayeux, Coutances, Sées,...), castles (Falaise, Carrouges, Balleroy...), manor houses, seaside villas, town houses.
A variety of cultural events are organised in many of the region's towns. Ever-increasing music and cinema enthusiasts gather together each year to enjoy the region's festivals (Jazz sous les Pommiers in Coutances, Septembre Musical in Orne, the American Film Festival in Deauville, the Franco-British Film Festival in Cherbourg...)As for its recreational appeal, Normandy offers a profusion of leisure sites and exciting museums. Normandy is a genuine paradise for boating, equestrian sports, windsports, fly-fishing or sea fishing, hiking, rock or mountain climbing and golf, and also provides a number of « Escapades nature » (nature trips). The region is also renowned for the wealth and beauty of its parks.
Horses are truly at home here, and the region's stud farms are among the world's most highly regarded.






  • Aire de jeux pour enfants
  • Carrefour Mondeville 2
  • Marché rue St Jean à Bayeux
  • Maison à colombages