Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.
Brimming with exquisite art and fashion boutiques alongside superb markets selling fine wines and fresh produce, Caen provides an indulgent shopping experience. The rich tastes of Normandy can be experienced not only in the dairy and seafood dishes served in Caen's excellent restaurants but also at the street side crêperies and pátisseries. In particular, the Vaugueux quarter has a number of excellent restaurants. Veal and pre-salé lamb, reared on the salt marshes of the Mont St Michel area are local specialities.
Plunge into Caen's fascinating history by visiting the last resting place of William the Conqueror at the fairytale Abbaye aux Hommes (the Men's Abbey). It now contains only his thigh-bone, having been destroyed by a Calvinist mob in the 16th century.
You can also explore William's Chateau de Caen, an 11th century castle that is one of the largest medieval complexes in Europe and an impressive piece of military architecture. Surrounded by a dry moat, the Chateau de Caen is now home to the Musée de Normandie which explores the region's history from the Gauls and the Romans to the Vikings and Saxons, with exhibitions about the landscape of Normandy and the everyday lives of the Norman peasants.
Other activities nearby include:
Le Mémorial de Caen.
Dedicated to the history of the 20th century: Described as a memorial to peace.
The original bridge, built in 1934, is now a war memorial.
Jardin des Plantes - botanical garden.
The Botanical Garden in Caen is a genuine green lung in the heart of the town centre.
Distance from campsite - 44km
Many 24h car parks to choose from.
Caen has a great choice of restaurants cuisines. From Seafood to crêperies. Quartier du Vaugueux is the old town of Caen and full of choice.
The main area for cute shops is around the old town (Quartier du Vaugueux). Here you will find great little shops for the perfect souvenirs, porcelain and antiquities. Avoid Sundays when some shops are closed.
SOUS LES ÈTOILES NORMANDIE is a family run campsite in the village of St Martin des Besaces, Calvados, offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque countryside, tasting renowned cheeses, sampling sparkling cider and of course, the famous Calvados.