Caen, the capital of Calvados, is an astonishing city. Dynamic and student, it is home to many cultural sites such as the Alexis de Tocqueville library and festivals such as Nördik Impakt or the Boréales. A gastronomic city, a city of architecture where the Middle Ages and reconstruction meet, a city of history that has lived through the conquest of Normandy and the dark hours of bombardment and occupation, Caen is surprising. If there is no shortage of cultural visits - two sumptuous abbeys among the largest in France (Abbey aux Dames, Abbaye aux Hommes), a castle (the largest in northern Europe), many churches (it was - let us not forget - called the city of a hundred steeples) and museums including the famous Memorial of Caen -, the walks are particularly pleasant there. Historic centre, beautiful shopping streets (Saint-Pierre, Froide, Caponière), majestic squares (Saint-Sauveur, du Théâtre), marina lined with restaurants and cafés, peninsula that makes itself a beauty 2.0, huge green spaces (bird hill, botanical garden, meadow) or more discreet (charming garden of the Luna Rossa): as any good tourist guide in Caen will tell you, the city is also the starting point for many escapades to the landing beaches or the green Norman Switzerland. One thing is certain, it is impossible to get bored in the capital of Calvados!

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When to go to Caen?

When to go to Caen? Thanks to its unceasing dynamism and the many possible activities and visits, you can visit Caen all year round. Numerous museums and attractions, the proximity of the beaches and the Norman countryside, castles to visit, permanent festivities, quality accommodation and major events all year round (water sports, horticulture, music, cinema, live entertainment...) make Caen a lively city all the time. Nevertheless, the weather is less capricious between May and October. The pre-season (May and June) is perhaps the best time to do so.

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