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Caen

Travel Guide
Caen featuring heritage architecture, flowers and château or palace

The Normandy city of William the Conqueror, nestled between land and sea, Caen has 1000 years of history, making it a must-visit destination for holidaymakers.

Conveniently located two hours from Paris and 10 minutes from the sea, Caen has successfully combined its historic past with its dynamic modern infrastructure. Set off to explore the old neighbourhoods of the old town, hit the shops in the more modern streets or relax in one of the city's many parks, such as the Jardin des plantes.

By turns English and French, the city has also been through the dark days of the Second World War after two months of fighting. The city was then rebuilt around its centre. Caen Memorial Museum, which is dedicated to peace, recounts the history of the landings of 6 June 1944 and commemorates the Battle of Normandy.

With an immense architectural heritage, your visit to the city will lead you from one discovery to the next: the Abbaye aux Hommes, a blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles, houses the tomb of William the Conqueror and serves as the town hall. Then head for the Abbaye aux Dames (place Reine Mathilde): built by Matilda of Flanders, it'll surprise you with its splendour. The château, also built by William the Conqueror, was renovated after the Second World War and is now home to the Normandy Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Be sure to stroll around the Vaugueux district, where Édith Piaf's family lived. It's full of many restaurants where you can sample traditional Normandy dishes.

Not far from the city you can enjoy a day at the seaside or even spend a contemplative moment on the beaches of the Normandy landings.

Caen is a lively city that will win you over with its wealth of buildings, its history, its culture and its food. A must-visit destination!

Where to stay in Caen

Appart'City Caen
Appart'City Caen
3 out of 5
The price is £51 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in La Pierre-Heuzé, this residence is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Caen University Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Caen Castle and Caen Memorial. Faculty ...
3.7/5Good! (694 reviews)
not recommended
"Dirty sheets, stained carpet and drapes, bed really noisy whenever you moved."

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019

Appart'City Caen
Brit Hotel Caen Nord - Mémorial
Brit Hotel Caen Nord - Mémorial
3 out of 5
The price is £53 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Folie-Couvrechef, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Caen Botanical Garden and Caen Memorial. Caen Castle and Zenith de Caen are also within 3 miles ...
4.3/5Excellent! (156 reviews)
"We found the hotel staff welcoming and the accommodation comfortable. Cleanliness good just a single hair in the shower Shower very good Bed comfortable if a little on the hard side Quiet hotel and easy to find Could do with some English channels other than CNN Would return good overnight hotel"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

Brit Hotel Caen Nord - Mémorial
Best Western Plus Le Moderne
Best Western Plus Le Moderne
4 out of 5
116 Boulevard Marechal Leclerc, Caen, Calvados
The price is £85 per night from 23 Aug to 23 Aug
Located in Caen City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Caen Castle and Abbey of Saint-Etienne. University of Caen Normandy and Caen Exhibition ...
4.3/5Excellent! (313 reviews)
Lovely friendly clean hotel
"We cannot speak more highly of this hotel. Location is close to everything. Staff are so polite and helpful. Room was spotlessly clean. Bed was really comfortable. We wouldn't hesitate to go back and cannot recommend it enough."

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Best Western Plus Le Moderne
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