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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Opération shopping été 2020 pour soutenir les commerçants caennais

The association "Les Vitrines de Caen" is organising a shopping operation this summer to support the shopkeepers of the Calvados capital. To take part and win a gift pack, nothing could be simpler, all you need to do is keep with you 3 sales receipts worth over €50 and 7 sales receipts worth over €20 spent in 10 different shops and restaurants in Caen. All the town's shopkeepers are taking part and once you have the right number of ...

Caen, sites incontournables et Foire internationale

2> From the Time of Guillaume the Conqueror to today, in the heart of reunified Normandy, Caen now hosts the seat of the regional council (Rouen remains, for the time being, the head-place). A dynamic city where cultural places and festivals abound, a wonderfully animated student city on Thursday evening, a gastronomic city to the countless restaurants, city of architecture where the Middle Ages and Reconstruction are together, city of ...

Du 11 au 13 novembre  La femme, la table, le mariage : que du bonheur au parc expo !

Treat yourself to three days of relaxation and take advantage of the long weekend ahead as you stroll along the Caen exhibition centre. Two salons - or rather three - are announced to get the winter off to a good start: the first dedicated to women, the second to gastronomy. And as happiness never comes alone, the wedding salon has, at the same time, invited itself to the wedding which will allow to prolong these nice moments of pleasure and ...

Caen, le livre prend ses quartiers entre terre et mer

From the time of William the Conqueror to the present day, in the heart of reunited Normandy, Caen is now home to the seat of the regional council (Rouen remains the capital for the time being). A dynamic city where cultural sites and festivals abound, a lively student city on Thursday evenings, a gastronomic city with countless restaurants, a city of architecture where the Middle Ages and Reconstruction rub shoulders, a city of history ...

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