The Village of Giverny
Giverny is the cradle of French impressionism and is the second most-visited site in Normandy, after the Mont St-Michel. Since Claude Monet settled there in 1883, the village has retained its picturesque charm with its typical streets and flowery gardens.
Recommended sites :
The Monet Foundation
From 1883 to his death in 1926, Claude Monet spent 43 years at his Giverny house. Passionately fond of gardening and colours, he designed his garden and water features like true paintings. Walking across his garden and house, visitors are immersed in the master’s environment and can admire his wonderful flower arrangements and water lilies that inspired his most brilliant works.
The Giverny Museum of Impressionisms
The museum is a must-see, housing the works of the great names in impressionism with new exhibitions every year:
From 27 March to 19 July
Degas, an impressionist painter?
From 31 July to 1 November
Photographing Monet’s gardens – five contemporary views.
Permanent exhibit (from 27 March to 1 November 2015)
Monet in the Middle
Art and history in the Vexin regional nature park
A few minutes away from Giverny, the Vexin regional park is a land of tradition and history. Numerous great sites are worth visiting:
– La Roche-Guyon, ranked as one of the “most beautiful villages in France”, and its castle
– Vétheuil, where Claude Monet stayed several years, as well as other artists such as painter Joan Mitchell
– Around Les Andelys (further North along the river Seine), you can enjoy great walks along the banks of the river and at Richard the Lionheart’s castle of Chateau-Gaillard.
Sport & water activities
Hikes and cruises along the Seine river
Enjoy cruising along the Seine river starting from the Domaine de la Corniche, or pedalo rides from the modern guinguette les Canisses, another picturesque resort of the “Les Escales au bord de l’Eau” group.
The Seine leisure centre
Rent catamarans, dinghies, windsurfs, canoes… Activities of the leisure centre include various water sports and fishing. The pond offers a large swimming area with a sand beach. Water skiing is available in the clubs of Mantes and Vernon.
Walking, hiking, horse-riding, biking, ultralight aviation and other sporting and recreational activities are available around the Domaine de la Corniche:
- Riding centres
in Bonnières sur Seine and St Aubin sur Gaillon
- Seine golf courses,
Villarceaux and Le Prieuré
- Flights in ultralights
l’Eure de l’ULM
- The Green Trail
of the Epte valley