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Information about the town and port of Caen, in Normandy, France – Day-tripper.net the web magazine for visitors to France.
Calvados – 14, Basse Normandy. Latitude: 49.18421. Longitude: -0.361389
Some useful information on restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and shops in Caen and Ouistreham, which we have collated from various sources for ferry travellers to Caen.
William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England, built the Men's Abbey (Abbaye aux Hommes) and his wife, Matilda the Ladie's Abbey (Abbaye aux Femmes) in order to get the approval of the Pope who was against their marriage (1051). Both buildings survive to this day, magnificently restored. William lies buried in the Men's Abbey Church of St. Etienne, whilst Matilda, who predeceased him, lies in the Women's Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity.
The port of Ouistreham (population 8,600) has existed since Roman times. Gaining importance in the 11th to 14th centuries, it has a 3km long beach which is its main attraction today.
– Events (from the Normany Regional Tourist Board). www.normandy-tourism.fr
Military themed events. www.normandiememoire.com
Events in the Calvados department. www.calvados-tourisme.info
Golf de Caen, 27 holes. Le Vallon, 14112. Bieville-Beuville. Tel: 0033 231 94 72 09.
Golf Public de Cabourg, 9 holes. Av. de l'Hippodrome, 14390. Cabourg. Tel: 0033 231 91 70 53.
The Abbaye aux Hommes – see the "hanging" staircases, 17th century stalls, and 18th century ironwork.
The Abbaye aux Dames – the Church of the Trinity is a masterpiece of Norman Romanesque architecture.
The Ducal Castle – an 11th century fortress in the centre of town, housing the Normandy Museum and the Fine Arts Museum. Open every day except Tuesday, 10.00am – 6.00pm. Tel: 0033 231 86 06 24.
Explore the historical Centre of Caen – visit Place Sauveur (18th century Mansions and 12th and 17th century church).
Picturesque Quarters – for antique shops, second hand book shops and art galleries, visit the Rue Froide, Rue Ecuyère and the Quatrans quarter.
Le Mémorial de Caen, BP 6261, 14066 Caen. Cedex 4. Exit 7 on the ring road. Large museum dealing with the war and wars in general. Open daily 9.00am to 7.00pm (8.00pm in the summer). Tel: 0033 231 06 06 44. www.memorial-caen.fr
Musée de Normandie, Château. 14 000 Caen. Tel: 0033 231 30 47 60. www.musee-de-normandie.caen.fr
Villes et Pays d'Art et d'Histoire – a series of tours lasting 1 1/2 hours. July and August. Walks and Caen, cité de Guillaume le Conquérant.
An original way to discover the three main sites of Caen (Abbaye aux Hommes, Abbaye aux Femmes, and the Château Ducal) is via a guided tour organised by the Tourist Office.
Link to French site giving information on tides in Le Havre (nearest port with tide details). www.shom.fr
– Port of Caen. www.caen.port.fr
– National "Plaisance" port website. www.ffports-plaisance.com
– Caen Office de Tourisme, 12, Place Saint-Pierre, 14000 Caen. Tel: 0033 231 27 14 14. www.tourisme.caen.fr
– Caen town web site. www.ville-caen.fr
Ouistreham Tourist Office, Jardins du Casino – Esplanade Lofi, 14 150 Ouistreham-Riva Bella. Tel: 0033 231 97 18 63. www.ouistreham.fr
Ouistreham Town. www.ville-ouistreham.fr
– Regional; Comité Regional de Tourisme de Normandie, "le Doyenné", 14, rue Charles-Corbeau, 27000. Evreux. France. Tel: 0033 232 33 79 00. www.normandy-tourism.fr
Haute Normandie (Dieppe, Le Havre, Rouen). www.region-haute-normandie.com
Basse Normandie (Caen, Cherbourg). www.cr-basse-normandie.fr