Calvados places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Calvados department of Normandy. See also our Calvados travel guide.

Arromanches

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Arromanches is well known as the town where the Mulberry Harbour was built during the D-Day landings in 1944

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Bayeux

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Best known for its world-famous tapestry, Bayeux also has an imposing cathedral

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Beuvron

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Part of the Normandy Cider Route, Beuvron has lots of half-timberd houses and is one of the prettiest villages in Normandy

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Cabourg

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One time favourite of Marcel Proust, Cabourg has one of the longest and active beaches in the region

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Caen

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With a castle, two abbeys and an attracive historic centre Caen is a very pleasant town to explore

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Cambremer

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Cambremer is a very picturesque small village, ideally explored as part of the Normandy Cider Route

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Chateau de Boutemont

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Beautiful chateau and gardens in the Calvados department of Normandy

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Creully

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The medieval Chateau de Creully is the highlight in Creully

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Deauville

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The resort of Deauville, established in the 19th century, is still one of the most upmarket beach resorts in Normandy

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Dives-sur-Mer

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In the 'Village of William the Conqueror' at Dives-sur-Mer artisans and artists are brought together in a medieval setting

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Falaise

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Best known for its castle, Falaise also has several other interesting monuments in the town centre

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Honfleur

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There are lots of interesting things to see in Honfleur - if you can drag yourself away from the lovely harbour!

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Houlgate

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The beach is certainly the main attraction at Houlgate, and there are also some imposing 19th century villas to see

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Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge

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The gardens of the Pays d'Auge are a beautiful mature garden set around a number of typical half-timber houses.

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Lisieux

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The painstaking rebuilding of Lisieux since the war has gone a long way to recapturing the feel of the medieval town

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Normandy landing beaches

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70 years on and the Normandy Landing Beches still attract thousands of visitors interested in the D-Day landings in 1944.

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Trouville

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The long established resort at Trouville has retained lots of its 19th century villas, which provide much of the character of the town

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Villers-sur-Mer

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Villers-sur-Mer is one of several friendly beach resorts along the Normandy coast

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Villerville

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Less popular than neighbours Deauville and Trouville, the resort at Villerville also has a long beach

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Vire

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When you visit Vire be sure to also explore the Route des Gorges de la Vire' through the woods and valley of the River Vire

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For more information see the Calvados guide

 
 

Market towns & days in Calvados

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Aunay-sur-Odon: Saturday
Bayeux: Wednesday & Saturday
Blonville-sur-Mer: Friday
Blonville-sur-Mer: Tuesday (high seasin only)
Cabourg: Thursday & Monday & Saturday (high seasin only)
Cabourg: Wednesday & Tuesday & Sunday & Friday
Caen: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Friday
Conde-sur-Noireau: Thursday
Courseulles-sur-Mer: Tuesday & Friday
Deauville: Tuesday & Saturday & Friday
Dives-sur-Mer: Tuesday (high seasin only)
Douvres-la-Delivrande: Thursday
Falaise: Saturday
Grandcamp-Maisy: Sunday
Herouville-Saint-Clair: Wednesday
Honfleur: Saturday
Houlgate: Thursday
Isigny-sur-Mer: Wednesday & Saturday
Le Molay-Littry: Thursday
Lisieux: Saturday all day
Mezidon-Canon: Sunday
Mondeville: Thursday
Orbec: Wednesday
Ouistreham: Wednesday & Saturday (high seasin only)
Ouistreham: Thursday & Sunday & Friday
Pont-L'Eveque: Monday
Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer: Thursday
Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives: Monday
Thury-Harcourt: Tuesday
Tilly-sur-Seulles: Sunday
Troarn: Saturday
Trouville: Wednesday & Wednesday & Sunday & Sunday
Villers-Bocage: Wednesday
Villers-sur-Mer: Tuesday & Friday
Vire: Friday

Selected tourist attractions in the Calvados department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Jurques

Parc zoologique de Lisieux

4* Towns in Bloom

Cabourg: Tourist guide

Honfleur: Tourist guide

Touques

Ville d'etape

Villers-Bocage

Towns of Art and History

Orbec

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Bayeux: Tourist guide

Honfleur: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Boutemont

Jardins du château de Brécy

Jardins du château de Vendeuvre

Plantbessin

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Caen (Caen)

Cathédrale Notre Dame (Bayeux)

Eglise de Saint Pierre (Rucqueville)

Prieuré (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy)

Prieuré de Saint Gabriel Brécy (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy)

Regional Natural Parcs

Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Honfleur: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Beuvron: Tourist guide