is a department or Lower-Normandy
and is named after the river Orne. Green tourism has developed thanks to the highly preserved natural areas it counts. Nature is for sure the main advantage of the department. Therefore, holiday-makers who seek calm, serenity and nature will be satisfied.
The department has two regional natural parks: the one of Perche
and the one of Normandie-Maine
. You could practice hiking, mountain biking or ride a horse through forests, hills and valleys. Not far from those areas, you could see castles and manors, lasting from the Normandy of the Middle-ages. They show the glory of the past of this region. They are other great places one should not miss, such as the stud farm of Pin where beautiful horses are raised or the racecourse of Argentan. Indeed, Orne is the land of horse. Gastronomes will necessarily go by the city of Camembert
where the famous cheese has been created for the first time, and by the city of Mortagne-au-Perche
well-known for its blood sausages.
You could rent an authentic house
for a weekend
or a short stay in the cities as well as in the villages of the department. Otherwise, bed and breakfasts
will welcome you in a wonderful environment each time. It is also advised to discover tiny but very interesting cities which have their own history and characteristics, such as Flers
and La Ferté-Macé
known for their industrial past, or Sées
and its amazing cathedral or Alençon
, the main city of the department.
In the Western part, you will find Bagnoles-de-l’Orne
, a spa town where you could take care of your body and rest.