Last Updated on June 29, 2022
Attractions Calvados deserves a closer look: cider, cheese, calvados, picturesque old towns and trendy resorts nearby – all within daytime road trips. And the beaches are wonderful everywhere. The whole line of beaches is also connected with the history of D Day, for the places of which I give a separate map.
Perhaps few will get to Orne, it is too far from the sea, but it makes sense to study the map of Orne too – maybe you will want to stop there for a couple of days on the way.
Attractions Calvados map
Everything important that you can see in the Calvados – with notes and links.
- 1 – top
- 2 – very good, although not so well known
- 3 – good for a short vacation or a layover. Several medium-level interesting places
- 4 – local or specific, not for everyone
Marks without brackets – I was there (there are links to the posts). Marks with – I wasn’t there. Of course, the notes are subjective
Ferme de Vailly – snail farm
Arromanches 360 – a panoramic documentary about the liberation of Normandy. Landing Museum (Musee du Debarquement)
Map of museums and monuments dedicated to the liberation of Normandy
Blue – cemeteries, red – museums, green – memorial sites.
Garden of the palace Brecy (Jardins du Chateau de Brecy) – were laid out in the 17th century in a French style, presumably by Mansart. Link
3. Chateau Fontaine-Henry
Renaissance chateau with a high roof. Link
Near: rope park Revier West Adventure (link)
Thanks to William the Conqueror, the city became large and significant. Wilhelm and his wife founded a monastery for men and women and, of course, built a large fortress here – one of the largest in Europe.
Women’s abbay (Abbaye aux Dames) you can see: the church has been preserved from the 11th century, the buildings of the monastery – the 18th century, the burial place of Matilda, Wilhelm’s wife. Men’s abbay (Abbaye aux Hommes) also began to build in the 11th century, but finished in the 13th century, so the style is Gothic. William the Conqueror is buried in the church.
There are two museums in the fortress: art museum Musée des Beaux Arts (Perugino, Bruegel the Younger, Tintoretto, Veronese, Poussin, Rubens, Delacroix) and museum of Normandy (history and ethnography of the region). Also in the fortress there is a treasure hall (Sallde l’Échiquier) and a church.
The city was largely destroyed during the war, but some parts survived and were rebuilt. The most popular is the old quarter Vaugueux.
A botanical garden that dates back to the 17th century.
Hérouville Saint Clair Rope park Beauregard Aventure. There is also a historical park of Vikings Parc Ornavik
Capriquet Amusement park Festyland
Sallenelles: Estuary of the river Orne, Batterie de Merville
Feuguerolles-Bully Rope park Accrofury
5. Norman Switzerland
Around Clecy and Pont d’Ouilly: rock climbing, via ferrata, Roche d’Oëtre, rope park, kayaks, Clecy Gliss (coaster)
Les fours à chaux: Chemin de fer miniature
Lake Rabodanges – Putanges Pont Ecrepin
Fortress of William the Conqueror, who was born in Falaise
Beautiful gothic church St. Trinite
Andre Lemaitre Museum
Museum dedicated to the life of ordinary people during the war
Chateau de Vendeuvre (original furniture of the 18th century, an exhibition of miniature interiors in a greenhouse, a park with a “special” label, surprise fountains) link
8. Around Cambremer
Road of cider (link)
Manoir du Bais,
garden Jardin du Pays d’Auge (link)
Mezidon Vallee d’Auge: castle 10th centure Chateau de Crevecoeur (link)
Beuvron-en-Auge: from the list of the most beautiful villages of France
Picturesque street in Beaumont-en-Auge
Medizon Chateau de Canon: historic gardens from the list of “special”, combining French and English parks (link), open-air greenhouse – walled gardens where southern fruits can also be grown.
Cheese dairy with excursions Graindorge (link)
Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet (15-16 centuries) – one of the finest examples of the Norman Renaissance. Inside are interiors from the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries.
Lisieux – pilgrimage city. It attracts believers to the Basilica of St. Teresa. The Basilica is one of the largest cathedrals of the early 20th century, the interiors are decorated with mosaics.
In addition to the basilica, there is the Gothic Cathedral of St. Pierre 12-13 centuries.
Parc zoologique Cerza – zoo, organized according to the principle of the greatest freedom for animals (link)
Calvados Château du Breuil – one of the opportunities to see how calvados is made. Another such place – La Maison Busnel
Castle and garden Chateau et Jardin Boutemont (link)
11. Cabourg, Houlgate
Hippodrome, Belle Époque villas, mini golf, golf for all, rope park
Dives sur Mer: large medieval building where the market takes place
Rocks Black Cow – Vaches Noires. Museum Paleoscape in Villers-sur-Mer
12. Deauville, Trouville
Numerous villas, fish market in Trouville
Rocks Roches Noires
Old town Touques
Old city. The wooden church of St. Katerina 15th century
Ethnographic Museum and Maritime Museum
Tropic House Naturospace (butterflies and tropical plants) (link)
Old city. Fortress ruins. Medieval holidays.
15. Bagnoles de l’Orne
Resort. Thermal pool, rope park
Near: Chateau Carrouges (link)
Medieval town. Castle. Lace Museum.
Traditional lace – UNESCO intangible heritage
Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei – from the list of the most beautiful villages in France, the impressionists loved to rest in this village.
17. Haras national du Pin
National stable. Horse shows on Thursdays in summer.
The entire region is especially developed in terms of equestrian tourism. Nearby is Pecher, the birthplace of the Pecherons.