Honfleur, Caen, Bayeux, Lisieux, Guillaume le Conquérant and Saint Thérèse, gastronomy and memory of the landing... Calvados takes many forms to attract you and knows how to surprise. Thus with the Museum of Miniature Furniture (orangery of the Château de Vendeuvre) or that of Balloons and Hot Air Balloons (Château de Balleroy). Follow the circuit of the Satie houses in Honfleur, a tribute to the composer and an original way to discover this charming port. The more adventurous go for a bungee jump from the Souleuvre viaduct. Another unusual site, near Falaise, a medieval city: the Saint-Vigor chapel, recently decorated with frescoes of apple trees over the seasons by the Japanese artist Kyoji Takubo, a nod to the orchards of the hinterland. Here the apple is available in calvados, cider, pommeau, juice, goes into the kitchen alongside the andouille de Vire or the Bayeux pig, is collared with butter, cream or even camembert from Normandy. The terroir also offers the tripe of Caen and the delights of the sea, oysters, scallops and other crustaceans.

Calvados is 120 kilometres of coastline where beautiful residences, villas, large hotels, chalets, cottages and manor houses line up along Belle Époque seaside resorts, twelve marinas and the opportunity to enjoy all the water sports. The countryside offers its peace, its greenery and its bocage landscapes with soft curves. Finally, Calvados is a country of horses and riders, horse races, polo, show jumping and natural galloping on the sand or on the sunken paths

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When to go to Calvados?

The best time to stay in Calvados, as far as the weather is concerned, is from early April to late October, but those who are chilly will have to wait until June to swim. For everyone: always keep a raincoat handy, a light shower is never out of the question. You're in Normandy! The high tourist season is at its peak in the coastal seaside resorts in summer. All year round, pilgrims parade to the Lisieux sanctuary in the footsteps of "Little Therese", but it is during the feasts of Sainte-Thérèse, during a week at the end of September-early October, that the attendance is highest

Festivals, shows, entertainment, jumpings, gastronomic events... Calvados is lively all year round, but some events are not to be missed, such as Jump'in de Deauville (mid-June), Musique à Beauregard, en plein air (ten days during the second half of July), the American Film Festival de Deauville (late August/early September).

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