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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Calvados

Caen - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Calvados

Capital of Lower Normandy, Caen is also the city of the dukes of Normandy. In spite of the bombardments of June 1944, the City of Art and History has preserved its beautiful architectural heritage. The Abbaye-aux-Hommes abbey founded by William the Conqueror, whose Saint-Etienne church is a wonderful example of The Romanesque art, the Abbaye-aux-Dames abbey founded by the queen Mathilde, the Saint-Pierre church, the Duke's castle which boasts numerous viewpoints of the city, and the many mansions, such as the Renaissance Escoville residence, are some of the sites to be seen or visited.

Not to be missed, the Caen Memorial is a Peace museum tracing history from 1918 to our days.

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Downtown of a city of nearly 250,000 residents and historic city of William the Conqueror, Caen is a metropolis whose territory, open to the English Channel, is a promising destination discoveries and seductions. Its location between land and sea, less than 2 hours from Paris and facing the south of England, in fact conducive to a city facing many challenges. Both commercial port and marina, it is a port of call for all the adventures and all projects.

Things to see and do

The castle of William the Conqueror, the Abbaye aux Hommes and the Abbaye aux Dames, are among the jewels of Norman architecture. Collections and exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Normandy, as well as shows and concerts make up a more diverse range of cultural wealth. Without forgetting its museum Caen Memorial, City of History for Peace, a unique reflection on the conflicts and peacekeeping worldwide.

The Tourist Office offers throughout the year various visits to discover the rich heritage of the ducal city. For children, two routes are available for visitors wishing to visit the city differently, they may choose to make a journey full of puzzles that will allow them to discover different parts of the city.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Caen Evenings Summer: July and August, Thursdays and Fridays at 18:30 and 21:30, shows and free concerts.

"Icons," Steve McCurry
Caen Beach: Festival of the Beautiful Shores
Hippolyte Hentgen: "Practical Woman"
Escape Game at the Abbey
Caen with Orelsan Sauce
Caen, summer 44, life Goes On
Street sparkle
Alexis the Nightingale
Guided Family Visits to the Caen Memorial
Retro Festival


Downtown Caen (© Simon Davodet)
Downtown Caen (© Simon Davodet)
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Downtown Caen (© Simon Davodet)
Downtown Caen (© Simon Davodet)
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