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Lisieux is a pilgrim town

The town of Lisieux is located in the Calvados department of Lower Normandy in northern France. It is France's second most visited pilgrim town, being pipped to the post only by Lourdes for the number of pilgrims who flock to it every year. The home town and resting place of Sainte Thérèse, Lisieux not only houses the relics of the much loved saint, but also has one of the most stunning religious buildings in France in its beautiful Basilica. Lisieux sadly lost many of its lovely historic buildings during the Second World War, but there are still many of these in the towns and villages nearby.

Lisieux's superb shopping!

Unusually, perhaps, for a religious town, the shopping centre of Lisieux is absolutely superb. A pedestrianised area, you can shop 'til you drop in the great variety of little shops and boutiques, and stop for a refreshing cup of coffee in one of the charming cafés. Once refreshed, take a look at the old Bishop's Palace which has now been transformed into a law court and an art gallery (assuming, of course that you have already made your pilgrimage to admire the Basilica and attendant chapels).

Apple brandy and creamy cheeses

Lisieux lies in the wonderful department of Calvados, from which is named the fiery apple brandy that is made here. This is a perfect accompaniment to the delicious creamy Camembert cheeses of the region, and there is no excuse for not indulging at least a little. The town has some excellent restaurants which delight in offering local treats such as these. Hold the diet!

Around and about

The countryside of Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie) is truly beautiful, and you are never far from the lovely sandy beaches. Take a trip to Deauville and Trouville, known as the Riviera of Normandy! Other places worth a visit include Giverny, the inspiration for the great Impressionist painter Monet, and the pretty town of Honfleur. It would also be well worth your while to go to Bayeaux, a very attractive old town which houses the world's most famous tapestry in a museum in the centre.

Sports available

For sports fans, Normandy is a great place to be. The open countryside lends itself to outdoor sports such as walking, cycling, horse-riding and fishing, and you don t have to travel far from Lisieux to find golf courses, leisure lakes and all manner of other activities.

How to get there

Probably the easiest way to get to Lisieux from the UK is to take a ferry to either Caen or Le Havre. Both ports lie very close to the town, and it can be useful to travel by boat and have the luxury of driving your own car in France. Lisieux has a train station, so you can travel by rail if you prefer, with the train taking around an hour and a half from Paris (Paris St Lazare station).

Property prices and availability in and around Lisieux

Prices in Normandy are fast catching those of Brittany... at the time of writing it is still possible to pick up a bargain, but don't hang around too long as this area of France is becoming ever more popular. Look out for traditionally constructed stone or colombage (half-timbered) properties as these are highly sought after.

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WHERE IS Lisieux?

Lisieux is located in northern France, close to the ports of Le Havre and Caen. It lies in the east of the Calvados department, close to its region's border with Upper Normandy.

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Population: 25,000

Access: By boat: The nearest ports are those of Le Havre and Caen. By rail: Lisieux has a station, and the train from Paris reaches Lisieux in around an hour and a half. By road: Lisieux is a two-hour drive from Paris.

Economy: The economy of the town is based around religious tourism, and traditionally produced local goods such as Calvados and Camembert cheeses.

Interesting fact: Lisieux was the place where the marriage of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine took place.


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