Caen lies between the River Orne and the River Odon it is the capital of the region Lower Normandy. It is linked to the sea by a canal. Caen was William the Conqurer’s favourite city and where he married his cousin Matilda of Flanders.
To pacify the pope who opposed the marriage, William and Matilda founded the abbeys Abbaye-aux Hommes and the Abbaye-aux Dames in 1059, if you are interested in Norman architecture they are worth visiting.
Caen was badly damaged on 1944 many of its monuments and buildings have been agreeably restored.
If you are looking for a holiday break in Normandy Caen has plenty to offer its visitors from historical sites, heritage to excellent shopping.
If shopping is your thing you will find Parisian stores as well as specialist small shops where you may want to spend some time and euros!
Wander through the streets and squares explore the town at your leisure you will come across cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes for food and refreshments, late night bars for evening entertainment.
The old docks in the centre have now become a large marina giving open space and motion to the city. You should allow a couple of hours if you are visiting the Mémorial de Caen this museum is dedicated to peace and one you should not miss.
There are other museums that may interest you here, the Musée de Normandie is a local history museum with exhibits of costumes, crafts and archaeology finds. You may also find the Musée des Beaux interesting it has an impressive collection of European paintings.
Caen also has some fine churches you may wish to see, the Eglise St. Sauveur which was completed in the 11th century. The Eglise St. Étienne at the Abbaye-aux Hommes with its lantern tower, there are others you may wish to visit also.
The Port of Caen is where the car ferries dock is at Ouistreham about 15km north of Caen it is a yacht centre, fishing port and a sea-side resort.
The sea facing part of Ouistreham is known as Riva Bella along the 12kms stretch of coast you will find some pleasant little sea-side resorts.
You should take a stroll around the narrow streets and see the 18th century fishermen’s cottages, there are various visitor attractions including the Atlantic Wall museum, the original bunkered German headquarters.
There are a range of sports available a casino, hotels, bars and restaurants. Ouistreham has good road links to the rest of Normandy and Paris. You should find plenty to interest you in this region to enable you to have an enjoyable holiday.