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Standing on a hill flanked by the Romanesque abbeys of Saint-Étienne and Sainte-Trinité, Caen is known for its historical buildings, many of which were destroyed during WWII and the 1944 Battle of Normandy. Today, it’s a thriving tourist attraction, thanks to its rich architecture, delicious food, and proximity to both golden-sand beaches and the snow-covered Alps.
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Guide to Caen
Caen is a port city found in northwestern France and is the prefecture of the department of Calvados in the Normandy region.
Climate in Caen
Caen has an oceanic climate. It experiences cool summers, mild winters, and modest sunshine hours year-round. It also receives a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year.
Caen was a minor settlement during the Roman times when it was known as ‘Catumagos.’ During the 10th century, it underwent significant growth, thanks to the patronage of the Dukes of Normandy.
Things to do in Caen
Visit an 11th-century castle
The first place that most tourists visit when visiting Caen is the Château de Caen, a castle built circa 1060 by William the Conqueror. It houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, which showcases 14-17th-century Renaissance art and 16th-century European engravings & sculptures; as well as the Musée de Normandie, home to a massive collection of Roman exhibits, stone-age helmets and history of local life.
Admire art and architecture
If you love religious art and architecture, do not miss these three churches: Church of Saint-Pierre, Church of Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux, and Church of Saint-Jean de Caen. They are all Roman Catholic churches and all three of them have been placed on the list of important historical monuments. Their construction dates from the 10th century (during the Medieval Ages!) to the 16th century and they are each dedicated to a notable patron saint.
Take the kids to an amusement park
If you are travelling with kids, you may want to take them to Parc Festyland, an amusement park located in the nearby town of Carpiquet.
Eating out in Caen
A Contre Sens is the place to go for tasting menus of creative French cuisine in a stylish space amid stone walls and timber ceiling beams. For seasonal menus of French classics and a long wine list in a cosy venue with terrace seating, try La Bistronome. Beef & Cow should be on your list if steaks and burgers made from thoughtfully sourced meat whet your appetite.
Caen's' Carpiquet Airport (CFR) is an international airport located in Carpiquet, about 6 km west of Caen.
Getting around Caen
The railway station, Gare de Caen, links Caen to major cities like Paris as well as all parts of the Normandy region. You can also catch a cruise/ferry service to England across the English Channel from Caen.
Many visitors travelling across France or Western Europe also opt to hire a car for maximum flexibility, comfort, and convenience. Caen is connected to the rest of France by motorways to Paris (A13), Brittany and Southern France (A84) and to Le Mans and central France (A88–A28).
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