Inimitable towns throughout Calvados.
You are probably already familiar with some of the major towns in Calvados, at least with their typical features (country fare, history...), but what about all the others? Calvados is home to many towns, each quite different from the one before: every destination has its own specific location, its own history and its own sites waiting to be discovered.
Caen is a green town, but with a distinctive maritime flavour, that boasts a wealth of heritage and many fascinating events. Over a short break, indulge in the perfect medley of culture and relaxation: a weekend in town, nestling between coast and country, in Normandy.
Sites not to be missed in Caen: the Mémorial, the City of History for Peace and the fine buildings erected by William the Conqueror.
Bayeux's captivating medieval charm is perfectly intact. On your next holiday to Normandy, choose Bayeux as your base and take a tour of the landing beaches and the many sites of remembrance associated with D-Day, just a few miles from the town. Bayeux is also home to a precious embroidery renowned the world over, the Bayeux Tapestry, listed on Unesco's Memory of the World register.
As you arrive in Falaise, you simply cannot miss William the Conqueror's castle, looming above the town. Over the centuries, this awe-inspiring fortress has defied the test of time. This lively town can be discovered during the Fête des Jeux medieval fair or the Hivernales winter fair. The surrounding countryside is the ideal haunt for walking and hiking enthusiasts.
Sainte Thérèse of Lisieux offered the town its worldwide renown. Lisieux is France's second-ranking pilgrimage town. The basilica, the Carmel and many other sites tell the story of this famous Norman saint. Located in the heart of the Pays d'Auge, Lisieux is also the land of distilleries where cider, pommeau and calvados are produced in abundance.
Reminiscent of nearby Brittany, Vire is the most southerly town in Calvados. Granite houses and contemporary architecture - verdant, undulating or rugged landscapes combine to form the setting of this quite singular country town. Did you know that Vire is also home to 2 distinctive local skills? Guy Degrenne fine tableware and the delicious Andouille chitterling sausage.
So just take to your diary and choose Normandy for your next holiday.