Lisieux

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Enjoy the bucolic charm of this quaint farming village, with locally made apple brandy, delicious cheeses and its very own saint.

Lisieux is a charming village in the heart of Pays d’Auge, a rich agricultural region in Normandy. The area is made up of hedged farmland where milk cows roam and cider apples hang from the trees. Although more than half of the town was destroyed in 1944, you can still see some fascinating historic monuments.

With fields of grazing cattle and abundant apple orchards, it’s no surprise that cider and cheese production is so popular here. Stop at local distilleries to try Calvados, the famous apple brandy named after the region. Learn about cheese-making at Domaine Saint Hippolyte, a beautiful country mansion. Take a tour of the estate, browse exhibitions where you can learn about cheese and other local products and taste samples.

Explore the Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, constructed in honor of St. Thérèse who lived and died in the town. It was built to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims coming to worship the new saint, after she was canonized in 1925. Admire the 300-foot (91.3-meter) high dome and descend to the crypt. Tour the convent where St. Thérèse trained as a nun and find artifacts from her life in the Room of Relics.

Lisieux’s Saint-Pierre Cathedral is one of Normandy’s first Gothic buildings and one of the town’s few monuments to survive the allied bombing in 1944. Admire the rib vaults and flying buttresses of this 12th-century church, as well as the Norman-style lantern tower and the western façade.

Other notable landmarks include the 15th-century castle of Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet. The castle, which combines medieval and Renaissance architecture, is located at the bottom of a picturesque valley and is surrounded by a moat and peacock garden. Inside, it is filled with elegant 18th and 19th-century furniture, various works of art and 16th-century frescoes.

For a fun family day out, head to Parc Zoologique CERZA (CERZA Zoo), where you can take a safari train around the 148-acre (60-hectare) park. There are more than a thousand wild animals here, ranging from giraffes to kangaroos to lions.

Lisieux is a 30-minute drive from Deauville-Normandie airport and just over 2 hours’ drive from Paris. There are regular train services to and from Paris too.

Hôtel Mercure Lisieux Normandie
Hôtel Mercure Lisieux Normandie
3 out of 5
Route de Paris, 177 Rue Roger Aini, Lisieux, Calvados
The price is $63 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Situated in Lisieux, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Robert Bisson Hospital, Sainte-Therese Basilica, and Lisieux Cathedral. Manoir de Grandouet is 10.8 ...
4/5 Very Good! (201 reviews)
"Convenient location. Room is quite spacious and warm."

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Hôtel Mercure Lisieux Normandie
Le Grand Hôtel de l'Espérance
Le Grand Hôtel de l'Espérance
3 out of 5
16 Boulevard St Anne, Lisieux, Calvados
Situated in Lisieux, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robert Bisson Hospital, Lisieux Cathedral, and Sainte-Therese Basilica. Manoir de Grandouet is ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (59 reviews)
Great location in the centre of town
"Very helpful staff. Great location right in the centre of the town. Easy walking distance to major attractions. Nice restaurant on site. Would highly recommend this property if you wish to visit this town. Rooms are little small but typical of Europe."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

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Manoir de l'Eveche
Manoir de l'Eveche
14 Boulevard Carnot, Lisieux, Calvados
The price is $95 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Situated in Lisieux, this spa aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lisieux Cathedral and Robert Bisson Hospital. Sainte-Therese Basilica is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
"So beautiful!! Quaint and well kept. Friendly efficiency staff. Would definitely stay here again and plan to!!"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Manoir de l'Eveche
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Résidence Zenao Appartements
Résidence Zenao Appartements
21 Chemin de Rocques, Lisieux, Calvados
The price is $62 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lisieux Cathedral, Robert Bisson Hospital, and Sainte-Therese Basilica. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (65 reviews)
Comfortable apartment in a retirement complex
"This is in a retirement complex within walking distance (1km) of the centre of Lisieux. The room we had was good, with a kitchen with Hob and microwave and a dining area. At the weekend the access to the building is by key code and the reception is not manned all the time. Very quiet. The set up ..."

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

Résidence Zenao Appartements
Manoir de l'Eveche
Manoir de l'Eveche
14 Boulevard Carnot, Lisieux, Calvados
The price is $95 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Situated in Lisieux, this spa aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lisieux Cathedral and Robert Bisson Hospital. Sainte-Therese Basilica is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
"So beautiful!! Quaint and well kept. Friendly efficiency staff. Would definitely stay here again and plan to!!"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Manoir de l'Eveche
Gîte Côte Fleurie Lisieux center with parking
Gîte Côte Fleurie Lisieux center with parking
Lisieux, Normandy
Situated in Lisieux, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Robert Bisson Hospital and Sainte-Therese Basilica. Lisieux Cathedral is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Calma y tranquilidad
"Pequeña pero acogedora. Lugar muy tranquilo y muy cerca de la estación de tren asi como del centro de la ciudad. Lástima que la señal WIFI sea tan débil. Propietarios muy atentos. Recomendable."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

Gîte Côte Fleurie Lisieux center with parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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