Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France.
Art and fashion boutiques alongside superb markets selling fine wines and fresh produce, Caen provides an indulgent shopping experience.
The rich tastes of Normandy can be experienced not only in the dairy and seafood dishes served in Caen’s excellent restaurants but also at the street side crêperies and pátisseries.
Plunge into Caen’s fascinating history by visiting the last resting place of William the Conqueror at the fairytale Abbaye aux Hommes (the ‘Men’s Abbey’). You can also explore William’s Château de Caen, an 11th century castle that is an impressive piece of military architecture. The Château de Caen is now home to the Musée de Normandie which explores the region’s history from the Gauls and the Romans to the Vikings and Saxons.
Caen is a fantastic starting point to explore Normandy Landings with guided tours, and the emotive Caen Memorial Museum is renowned as one of the best World War II museums in France.