Only have a limited amount of time to spend in and around Caen, Normandy? Here are our top things that you shouldn't miss while in the area.
Caen and nearby Bayeux are great places to uncover some medieval history about William the Conqueror. Discover a mighty castle, Gothic abbeys and cathedrals and the eponymous Bayeux Tapestry. Or, if you're interested in more recent history, the area also had an important part to play during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. In fact, several key sites of the D-Day landings are not far away at all.
Caen is perfect for shoppers with its rustic streets filled with lively independent shops, patisseries and boutiques, alongside some bigger department stores. If you're looking to stock up on your favourite French foods and wines, there are also several supermarkets and wine sellers in the area. Here's an example itinerary of what you could do with your day in Caen...
What can I do in a day in Caen?
07:00 Arrive in Ouistreham early morning and drive to Bayeux approx 40 mins away. The fastest route will take you past the famous Pegasus Bridge.
08:00 Find a bakery or little café in Bayeux for breakfast and enjoy a wander through Bayeux's quaint streets as the town wakes up.
09:00 Visit the Tapisserie de Bayeux museum and see the real Bayeux Tapestry up close. You'll learn all about the historic events surrounding its creation.