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Visit Caen: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: With a castle, two abbeys and an attracive historic centre Caen is a very pleasant town to explore

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Caen. For detailed visitor information see the Caen travel guide.

Caen is situated in the Calvados department and Normandy region, in the north of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Calvados department (general information: Caen is 201 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Cabourg at 21 km and Dives-sur-Mer at 22 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Caen, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Caen in Normandy.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Calvados

Map of places to visit near Caen


Markets in and near Caen

Market days in Caen: weekly market: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Friday;

  • Caen: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Friday (0km)
  • Mondeville: market Thursday (3km)
  • Herouville-Saint-Clair: market Wednesday (4km)
  • Troarn: market Saturday (13km)
  • Douvres-la-Delivrande: market Thursday (13km)
  • Ouistreham: market Wednesday & Saturday - seasonal market only (14km)
  • Ouistreham: market Thursday & Sunday & Friday (14km)
  • Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer: market Thursday (17km)
  • Courseulles-sur-Mer: market Tuesday & Friday (18km)
  • Tilly-sur-Seulles: market Sunday (20km)

More information about Caen, Normandy

Tourist attractions near Caen, France

What to do at Caen? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Caen.

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Caen (Caen) (1km)
  • Prieuré de Saint Gabriel Brécy (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy) (19km)
  • Prieuré (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy) (19km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Rucqueville) (19km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame (Bayeux) (27km)
  • Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Forêt (Cerisy-la-Foret) (42km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château de Brécy (19km)
  • Jardins du château de Vendeuvre (29km)
  • Plantbessin (32km)
  • Boutemont (42km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Prairie (Caen) (1km)
  • Jardin des plantes de Caen (2km)
  • Pegasus Bridge (9km)
  • Rochers des Parcs (31km)
  • Forêt de Cerisy (39km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Villers-Bocage (24km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Jurques (35km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Caen

Canton: Caen

Arrondissement: Caen

Department: Calvados

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 14000

Distance to Caen

from Caen (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 201 km

from Calais: 252 km

from Nice: 843 km

from Bordeaux: 483 km

from Strasbourg: 596 km

Getting here

Caen is in the north of France. Most visitors arrive by car typically by ferry into Cherbourg or Caen on the Normandy coast For driving distances to Caen from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 19 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Authie, Blainville-sur-Orne, Bretteville-sur-Odon, Cambes-en-Plaine, Colombelles, Cormelles-le-Royal, Epron, Eterville, Fleury-sur-Orne, Giberville, Grentheville, Herouville-Saint-Clair, Hubert-Folie, Ifs, Louvigny, Maltot, Mondeville, Saint-Contest and Soliers.

This page in French: Visiter Caen

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