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Esson tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Falaise at 21 km from Esson

Visit Esson: highlights and tourist information

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Esson is situated in the Calvados department and Normandy region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Falaise at 21 km and Caen at 25 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Esson, 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 Esson in Normandy.

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

Falaise

Falaise

at 21 km (direction east-south-east)

Best known for its castle, Falaise also has several other interesting monuments...

See Falaise guide
Caen

Caen

at 25 km (direction north-north-east)

With a castle, two abbeys and an attracive historic centre Caen is...

See Caen guide
Vire

Vire

at 35 km (direction west-south-west)

When you visit Vire be sure to also explore the Route des...

See Vire guide
Creully

Creully

at 36 km (direction north-north-west)

The medieval Chateau de Creully is the highlight in Creully...

See Creully guide
 
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Beuvron

Beuvron

Most Beautiful Village at 39 km (direction east-north-east)

Part of the Normandy Cider Route, Beuvron has lots of half-timberd houses...

See Beuvron guide
Bayeux

Bayeux

at 39 km (direction north-west)

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

See Bayeux guide
Argentan

Argentan

at 40 km (direction east-south-east), in the Orne department

Despite extensive war time damage Argentan has retained several sites of interest...

See Argentan guide
Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge

Garden at 42 km (direction east-north-east)

The gardens of the Pays d'Auge are a beautiful mature garden set...

See Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge guide
Cambremer

Cambremer

at 42 km (direction east-north-east)

Cambremer is a very picturesque small village, ideally explored as part of...

See Cambremer guide
Arromanches

Arromanches

at 43 km (direction north-north-west)

Arromanches is well known as the town where the Mulberry Harbour was...

See Arromanches guide
Domfront

Domfront

at 44 km (direction south-south-west), in the Orne department

The castle forms an excellent backdrop to the cobbled streets in the...

See Domfront guide
Cabourg

Cabourg

Seaside resort at 44 km (direction north-east)

One time favourite of Marcel Proust, Cabourg has one of the longest...

See Cabourg guide
Dives-sur-Mer

Dives-sur-Mer

at 44 km (direction north-east)

In the 'Village of William the Conqueror' at Dives-sur-Mer artisans and artists...

See Dives-sur-Mer guide
Bagnoles de l'Orne

Bagnoles de l'Orne

at 46 km (direction south), in the Orne department

The town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is very pleasant, and well known as a...

See Bagnoles de l'Orne guide

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

Map of places to visit near Esson

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Markets in and near Esson

  • Thury-Harcourt: market Tuesday (3km)
  • Aunay-sur-Odon: market Saturday (14km)
  • Conde-sur-Noireau: market Thursday (14km)
  • Villers-Bocage: market Wednesday (19km)
  • Falaise: market Saturday (20km)
  • Caen: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Friday (25km)
  • Mondeville: market Thursday (25km)
  • Flers: market Wednesday & Saturday (26km)
  • Tilly-sur-Seulles: market Sunday (27km)
  • Herouville-Saint-Clair: market Wednesday (29km)

More information about Esson, Normandy

Tourist attractions near Esson, France

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

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Carrouges Chateau (50km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Caen (Caen) (25km)
  • Prieuré (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Rucqueville) (34km)
  • Prieuré de Saint Gabriel Brécy (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy) (36km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame (Bayeux) (39km)
  • Abbaye de Cerisy-la-Forêt (Cerisy-la-Foret) (43km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château de Vendeuvre (27km)
  • Jardins du château de Brécy (36km)
  • Plantbessin (36km)
  • Sassy (47km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Rochers des Parcs (6km)
  • Prairie (Caen) (24km)
  • Jardin des plantes de Caen (26km)
  • Pegasus Bridge (34km)
  • Forêt de Cerisy (40km)
  • Roches de Ham (43km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Sever (46km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Villers-Bocage (19km)
  • Torigni-sur-Vire (39km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Domjean (42km)
  • Cabourg (43km)
  • Touques (58km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Jurques (22km)
 
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Geography and distances

Esson is in the north of France at 25 kilometres from Caen, the department capital (general information: Esson is 205 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Esson

Canton: Thury-Harcourt

Arrondissement: Caen

Department: Calvados

Region: Normandy

Postcode: 14220

Distance to Esson

from Caen (prefecture): 25 km

from Paris: 205 km

from Calais: 276 km

from Nice: 832 km

from Bordeaux: 459 km

from Strasbourg: 602 km

Getting here

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

We have 17 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Angoville, Cesny-Bois-Halbout, Clecy, Combray, Croisilles, Culey-le-Patry, Curcy-sur-Orne, Donnay, Espins, Fresney-le-Vieux, Le Vey, Meslay, Placy, Saint-Martin-de-Sallen, Saint-Omer, Saint-Remy and Thury-Harcourt.

This page in French: Visiter Esson

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