Caen in Calvados: a city with many facets!
Just 15 minutes away from your 4 star campsite, discover the beautiful city of Caen.
Rich of an exceptional tourist, architectural and cultural heritage, you will enjoy getting lost in the numerous shopping streets and the unmissable of the destination.
Great stories to tell you!
Victim of the bombings of the Second World War, Caen has managed to preserve its charm and its architecture, which today brings millions of visitors every year. Like Rouen, it is one of the cities that are called “the hundred steeples” because of the many churches that can be seen such as the church of St. Peter, the church of St. John or the church of St. Nicholas and its old cemetery. Stop for a moment to contemplate them!
William the Conqueror left his mark on the history of Normandy and more particularly on the city of Caen, which owes him several of its emblematic monuments and notably two of the most famous, the Abbaye aux Dames and the Abbaye aux Hommes founded respectively in 1060 and 1063.
Let’s not forget also, in the heart of the city, the Castle of Caen and its ramparts which offer a magnificent panorama on the city once up there. For the more curious and history buffs, enter the castle to discover the Keep, the Normandy and Fine Arts museums and many other surprises! For culture lovers, we invite you to discover the Caen Memorial, the City Hall and in particular the temporary exhibitions in the Scriptorium, the brand new Alexis de Tocqueville library, or its splendid theater.
Finally, to finish your medieval stroll, don’t miss the Vaugueux district, opposite the castle. Its medieval houses made of Caen stone, its historical square, its paved streets, its bars and restaurants make it a place not to be missed.
An active city for shopping and going out
With your family, friends or as a couple, you can spend pleasant moments in Caen and its surroundings thanks to the many shops, restaurants and bars and leisure activities. In the heart of downtown, the shopping streets follow each other but are not alike. Small souvenir stores, ready to wear, regional products (cider, calvados, …) according to your desires and needs.
The city is also full of ideas when it comes to restaurants: the rue écuyère will seduce you with its many bars where you can meet for a drink or a hot chocolate on cold days. Take a walk by the marina and choose the restaurant that suits you best with a view of the boats and the canal. If you’re looking for the perfect place to eat, stroll the streets of downtown to find “the place to be” and make up your own mind: local cuisine, cheese specialties, fast food, pizzerias, and many others to delight your taste buds!
As far as leisure activities and outings are concerned, you’ll have to make up your mind because Caen has plenty to offer: laser games, bowling, escape-games with friends, cinema, theater, concerts, exhibitions and many others. For all budgets and all ages, make your program according to your desires! Do not hesitate to go to the Tourist Office in front of the Saint-Pierre church to discover the program of animations and all the ideas of outings.
Caen – a green city close to the sea
Caen is also home to gardens, botanical parks and long walks away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. For lovers of flora, fauna and wide open spaces, stop at the Bird Hill, take your picnic and enjoy a day in the wilderness. There, you will discover an exceptional panorama on the city, the rose garden, a labyrinth, a playground for children, a mini-golf, picnic tables and a mini animal park where births take place all year long. 17 hectares of walks for the whole family to do in the North of Caen, near the Memorial.
Another place to stroll is the Jardin des Plantes, also called the “green lung” of the city. 5,000 m2 of green space where no less than 8,000 species of plants, Norman, exotic and rare, grow! The gardeners will be happy to advise you on your planting thanks to the numerous animations all year long. Picnic tables, playground, toilets: for sure the young and old will appreciate this unique and quiet place.
To be discovered at the campsite