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Keep busy this summer around the many different worlds offered by Calvados: events to enjoy with the family, the most beautiful beaches in Normandy, sea-based or sand-based activities, sites to visit, moments to share...
Calvados is the third-ranking French département for the number of historic monuments! Those of you who are interested in History's most fascinating pages will be spoilt for choice! Here are just a few examples:
The Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History in Bayeux
the name may be rather obscure, but this museum, which boasts over 800 works of art, is a must-do for anyone looking to delve into Normandy's history.The Baron Gérard Museum ›
A superb castle, which you can discover just as it was back in the 11th century, thanks to touch-screen tablets – a great experience for the whole family.Falaise Castle ›
The 'apple tree chapel', a truly original 15th century edifice that has become a work of art...Saint-Vigor chapel ›
The Bayeux Tapestry
A Unesco listed site, this 70 metre-long embroidery tells the story of William the Conqueror, in the manner of a modern-day comic strip!The Bayeux Tapestry ›
Ornavik, Hérouville Saint-Clair
Life-size reconstruction of a 10th and 11th century Viking village, created by enthusiastic volunteers.Ornavik ›
The Maison de la Nature, nature visitor centre in Sallenelles
Museum? Interpretation centre? Monument? Or all of them rolled into one, offering an insight and explanation on Sallenelles bay and all its natural treasures.The Maison de la Nature ›
Basilica of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Saint Thérèse draws pilgrims from across the globe. This surprising and remarkable edifice is, alone, well worth a detour.Basilica of St. Thérèse of Lisieux ›
Cabourg, an elegant family resort
Fine sand, villas, water sports and activities and a 2-mile promenade accessible to physically disabled visitors.
Trouville-sur-Mer, the 19th century's queen of all beaches
A fine sandy beach lined with villas built from 1860 to 1880, a long promenade for a stroll and water sports (even surfing!).
A beach lined with natural dunes, a nearby cycling route, supervised bathing and picnic areas or French bowls grounds on the waterfront!
Wild corners where nature abounds (a forest was planted here 10,000 years ago!) and never a crowd to see.
Omaha Beach, immensity
Overlooked by the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial to remind us of the sacrifice of thousands of soldiers during WWII, the beach is now a superb natural site for lovers of wide open spaces.