When you take the scenic routes along the Pearl coast, you discover a picturesque hinterland, often wild nature, treasures of small villages and you really feel elsewhere.
Throughout their history, Normandy and Calvados have been a source of inspiration for many writers who have drawn inspiration from them for their stories.
The former fishing villages of Ouistreham, Lion-sur-mer, Luc-sur-mer, Langrune-sur-mer and Saint-Aubin-sur-mer consist of small houses gathered around common courtyards. The traditional house had on the ground floor the main room, and on the first floor the bedroom, which was accessed by an external stone staircase. Under the Old Regime, the sailors
The Côte de Nacre still has small treasures of Art Nouveau, this architectural style very popular in the 19th century.
Although there are only a few traces of Art Nouveau in Normandy, mainly due to the destruction during the Liberation, some nuggets still remain today. Aesthetics and curved lines are to be discovered.
steel and cast iron: the metal is worked in ribbon, twisted and volute
and blends with the stone and even the pebbles of the seaside for some
constructions. Cast iron has the advantage of being moulded. It
was used for window and balcony railings by Hector Guimard for the
realization of his entrances to metro stations in Paris with very
personal motifs. François
Rouvray, an architect from Caen will be inspired by the work of Guimard and
he will have to his credit some beautiful constructions. As for A. Aumasson, he left us a magnificent villa in Saint-Aubin-sur-mer.
Discover the coast of Nacre, its architecture and the richness of its landscapes.
This guided tour of the Pearl coast extends from Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin sur mer.