Orne Destination Guide

Orne is located just south of the Normandy region, where you will find picturesque landscapes of the countryside including apple orchards and forests.


Here, you will find a multitude of museums, monuments, castles, churches, fortified mills and maritime sites. The area is particularly popular with those who appreciate its history.

Leisure activities include horse-riding, hiking, water sports, fishing, cycling, parachuting, hot air ballooning and micro lighting. Furthermore, you can explore the Orne estuary with its plethora of fauna and flora.

A long-distance hiking trail between the GR22 and GR36 runs through Orne and is particularly popular. You also have the option of walking the shorter, marked routes, which are just as beautiful. The area has a strong focus on gastronomy with local cuisine subsequently focusing on foie gras, Camembert cheese, fresh seafood and cider.

If you like horses, you could visit the Haras du Pin National Stud Farm. It was founded in 1715 and has a chateau, paddocks, stables and saddle room you can visit. There are frequent events such as horse racing, dressage competitions, eventing and exhibitions. One tour not to be missed is the Route du Fromage. This is a cheese route with museums and fromageries you can visit. Here you can learn how the various kinds of cheese are produced, taste them for yourself and even buy some to take home.

Similarly, if you enjoy Calvados brandy then you must take La Route du Cidre. This is a 40 km long route where you can visit the distilleries, see how the cider and brandy are made and taste for yourself. The 18th-century Chateau de Bourg is definitely worth a visit. There are 400 hectares of lush grounds, stables, fragrant orangery as well as period furniture and exquisite Aubusson tapestries.


Getting to Orne is relatively easy. There are frequent flights to neighbouring Caen Airport in Calvados, 83.2 km. Alternatively, you can take the TGV train, which operates throughout the year. Most towns and cities have a good railway network.

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