Discover Normandy Pearl Coast and its richness in a CLASSIC CAR

Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin-sur-mer, architecture and scenic places
Discover the Pearl Coast at the gates of Caen in a different way during a commented ride in a Classic Car.
When you take the tourist routes along the Pearl Coast, you will discover a picturesque hinterland, an often wild nature, treasure of small villages and the feel to be really elsewhere.

Throughout their history, Normandy and Calvados have inspired many writers and painters who have translated this atmosphere in their stories.

The ancient 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 presented on the ground floor the main room, and on the first floor the bedroom, which was accessed by an outside stone staircase. Under the Ancien regime, the sailors were either local fishermen or sailors taken on board at the ports of Caen, Ouistreham, Courseulles, Dieppe, Fécamp… for fishing, commercial navy or state service. The absence of real masonry harbours in some of the villages and the rise of seaside tourism led to the gradual decline of fishing in the 20th century. Ouistreham was once a fishing hamlet, grouped around the Romanesque fortified church of Saint-Samson and the Grange aux Dîmes. It became one of the most prestigious seaside resorts on the Normandy coast at the very beginning of the 20th century.

The ride encompass also the richness of Art Nouveau, Rococo and Anglo-Normand styles.

Along the ride we will follow the footsteps of the Architects Hector Guimard, François Rouvray, Aumasson and René Lalique.

The Pearl Coast still has little treasures of Art Nouveau, this architectural style, very fashionable in the nineteenth century.

Although only a few traces of Art Nouveau remain in Normandy, especially because of the destruction during the Liberation, some nuggets still remain. Aesthetics and curved lines are to be discovered during our ride.
All forms participate in the ornamentation up to the smallest details.

Iron, steel and cast iron: the metal is worked in ribbon, twisted and volute and is combined with the stone and even the pebbles of the seaside for some constructions. Cast iron has the advantage of being able to mold. It was used for window and balcony railings by Hector Guimard for the realization of his subway station entrances in Paris with very personal motives. François Rouvray, architect in Caen, had his inspiration from Guimard and have to his credit some beautiful constructions. As for A. Aumasson, he left us a magnificent villa in Saint-Aubin-sur-mer.

Discover the Pearl Coast, its architecture and the richness of its landscapes from Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin-sur-mer. Hereafter our preview ride: