Terre d’Auge is a region of Normandy located between Caen and Honfleur in the Calvados Department. Pont-l’Évêque is the main town at the heart of this territory, and the perfect starting point for exploring the area’s cuisine, surrounding villages, and outdoor activities.
Pont l’Évêque sits at the intersection of 3 rivers, which once made it an important center of trade and commerce. Gustave Flaubert features the town in his classic book, “Un coeur simple.” Today, it’s known for its historic city center which features Pans de Bois-style buildings and a summer market that brings together local producers and artisans who offer goods that recall the region’s past, including its famed cider, folk dancing, and other activities. You can also see the Joyeuse Prison, named as such because prisoners were allowed to come and go as they wanted.
Outside of town, you can visit one of several nearby villages, such as Beaumont-en-Auge, that feature period buildings and a taste of Normandy’s history.
You can even tour the region in a Citroën 2CV. Or just stop at the Terre d’Auge Lake to swim, rent a canoe or paddleboat or jet ski, swim, or just read on the beach.