Lisieux – Tips
|Calais||A16, A28, A29, A13 and D579||3 hours||via Paris
|Paris||A13/E46 and D579||1:45 hours||Direct
|Dieppe||A29, A13 and D579||1:30 hour||via Rouen:
|Le Havre||A29, A13 and D579||0:50 hour||via Rouen:
|Cherbourg||N13 and the A13 and D579||2 hours||Direct
|Marseilles||via Paris: A7, A6 and A13 and D579||9 hours||via Paris:
If you plan to come by air, you’ll need to fly to the Deauville airport that has some flights from the UK. Deauville is a 30 minute drive to Lisieux by car.
Lisieux is a reasonable bus system in case you want to discover outside of the city centre:
But if you plan to visit the city centre and its visit-worthy buildings and monuments, head on over to the Tourist Office (check the map above), park your car there and follow the blue line. The blue line takes you all over Lisieux, to everything that’s worthwhile. It’s not very long so you can follow it at a leisurely pace. The only “climb” is towards the basilica, but it’s not really steep.
There are some 70 restaurants in Lisieux, mostly catering to the crowds. You’ll not get fed super gourmet meals, nor will any meals stand out in your memory, but you’ll not go hungry.
Things To See/Things To Do
Lisieux is a very religious town, so almost everything you can see that’s worthwhile is going to be religious:
- The number one thing to see is the Basilica of Saint Therese de Lisieux. It’s worth a detour:
- The Carmel monastery (in front of the Tourist Office).
- The Saint-Pierre cathedral (main square)
- Visit the Lisieux’s Art and History Museum
- Go bet on the horses at Lisieux’s hippodrome
- Visit the zoo
- The Basilica of Saint Therese in Lisieux is one of those buildings that is definitely worth a detour, even one of hundreds of kilometres. It is France's second most visited pilgrimage site (after Lourdes), with 2 million visitors per year. It could be qualified in one word: imposing! The Basilica is…
- Lisieux is a very religious city with, for a small city, both an enormous basilica AND a big cathedral. Lisieux was the home to three saints, which might explain the presence of so many big religious buildings and institutions (like the Carmel monastery). But the Saint-Pierre cathedral is not exactly an…
- Transport Getting There Pont l'Eveque lies just alongside the main North-South motorway on the West coast of France. So by car it's very easy to get there from one of the ferry crossings. By Air There is no airport, the closest ones are Deauville or Caen airport. Within Pont l'Eveque The village is…