Sail Portsmouth-Le Havre and Caen is 1 hr 10 mins / 60 miles from Le Havre
Sail Newhaven-Dieppe and Caen is 1 hr 55 mins / 120 miles from Dieppe
Sail Dover-Calais and Caen is 3 hr 10 mins / 215 miles from Calais
Caen, from past to present.
Caen is the capital of the Basse Normandie region and was founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. During the Battle of Normandy in 1944 much of the town destroyed. Among the buildings that survived the bombings you’ll find a walled medieval château, two ancient abbeys and several very attractive 19th-century areas of high architectural beauty. There are also a wide range of excellent museums, including a groundbreaking museum of war and peace.
Explore, discover, relax.
The soul of the city can be found in the ancient quarters of its centre. It’s here you’ll find narrow streets lined with lively shops, a marina right in the heart of the city and an array of parks and gardens which are a joy to stroll around.
Remember the past, look to the future.
World war II is commemorated all over the city and many tourists visit Caen to explore this fascinating side of the city’s history. Also because of where it is, visitors are close enough to visit the D-Day landing sites.
A Normandy Christmas Market, an experience to savour.
For festive ferry travellers, traditional Christmas Markets don’t come much better than in Caen. You’ll discover the region's artisans and traders and see demonstrations and crafts at this traditional Christmas market. Over 50 stalls sell the famous Santon figurines for Christmas mangers. There’s even a chance to try the foie gras and gingerbreads on offer. Get into the spirit of Christmas and don’t miss this great opportunity to discover French and international craftsmanship, and of course Santa will be on hand to hand out some gifts!
Fun is the main theme of Parc Festyland.
If you’re traveling with kids Parc Festlyand will keep certainly keep them entertained. Just a short drive from Caen you’ll find over 30 attractions. The park has a variety of historically themed areas such as Pirates, Vikings and the Middle Ages.
Markets, shopping and eating. It’s what the French do best.
Just as we do, the French love their markets. Don’t miss the Friday market on the Fossées Saint Julien or the Sunday market at Place Courtonne. Stock up on local specialties such as Calvados and regional cheeses. You can also spend time browsing the variety of shops in the city centre, making sure you take some of the elegance for which France is reputed back home with you.
If you’re thinking of dining out treat yourself to a meal in one of the high quality restaurants in the city. Some specialise in traditional French cuisine, while others provide a more international menu.
For more details of what Caen has to offer visit: www.caen-tourisme.fr/en/