This picturesque little village - Les Andelys, located in the department of Eure, in France, is basically comprised of Le Grand Andely and Le Petit Andely.
The outstanding Norman land of Les Andelys, sketches a fascinating landscape worthy of a famous painting, where imposing cliffs along the Seine’s blue colors and richness of vegetation, creates an incredibly beautiful décor. You can walk around Les Andelys enjoying the poetry of nature full of colors in different shades, while you stop to take some delicious French croissants aux amandes, from one of the lovely patisseries of the village.
This charming landscape is fragrant with the emblem of the region, the famous Château Gaillard, strategically positioned, so you can see the whole village.
Perched on the top of a spur, what's left of the Château Gaillard castle, some of its defensive walls dating back to the 12th century are attracting visitors coming from all continents to know its story. Erected by Richard the Lion Heart at the end of the 12th century, Château Gaillard it was declared a historical monument since 1862, representing the perfect military architecture of its time. Surrounded by the blessed waters of the Seine, the castle is worth visiting, especially for the dazzling scenery on the entire region. From the top of the hill, where is situated Chateau Gaillard, you can have a picnic on the green grass, admiring the outstanding view: overwhelming heights overlooking the outrageous Chateau Gaillard or the tiny and colorful houses dressed in shades of green, lined up along the bluish Seine.
Practical info for visiting Château Gaillard
- The outer bailey of the castle can be visited for free.
- For the tour without guide of the upper court and dungeons, the entrance fee is: 3.20 € (reduced 2.70 €); free of charge for children under 10.
- Guided tour: 4.50€ ( wooden games and lots of activities all year round )
- You can opt for a combined ticket: Château-Gaillard + Museum Nicolas Poussin: 4.50€.
- The castle is open every day except on Tuesday morning from April to November 10am- 1pm and 2pm – 6pm.
Passionate about art? Les Andelys has a fascinating museum where you will discover the history of the prehistoric era until the 20th century. The Nicolas Poussin Museum shows an impressive collection of paintings, Gallo-Roman artifacts, decorative glass and contemporary creations of art.
With an exceptional Gothic design, located in Grand Andelys, Notre Dame Collegiate Church, dating from the 13th century, impresses with its amazing size and beautiful stained glass windows. The story of this church is impressive because it was built over the ruins of the first Norman Abbey, founded by Queen Clotilde, in 511.
Les Andelys is blessed by the extremely generous nature, the River Seine’s poetry and the gorgeous cliffs, nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of Normandy. At a distance of only 1 hour and a half from Paris, Les Andelys will enchant your senses with its naturalness and simplicity. If you want to see Monet's gardens, find out that you will admire them in their entire splendor at Giverny, another beautiful village, just 25 km from Les Andelys.