The city of Bayeux is located within the French ‘department’ of Calvados, which is within the Lower Normandy region, to the far north of the country. Although the city is probably best known for its famous tapestry, visitors looking to spend their holidays in Bayeux are also drawn by the city’s idyllic location, surrounded by unspoilt rolling countryside. There is therefore a great choice of self catering rental accommodation available here, from apartments and villas, to elegant townhouses and rustic old farmhouses and cottages to be found just outside the city.
Bayeux is ideally located for exploring the scenic Normandy countryside. This can be enjoyed by hiring a car, or the more energetic tourists may wish to walk, hike or cycle their way around the region. Water sports enthusiasts may wish to kayak or swim in the fast flowing Aure river which flows through the centre of the city. The beaches of the English Channel are also a short drive from the city. Here tourists enjoying their holidays in Bayeux may enjoy water sports, sailing or, weather permitting, a spot of swimming and sunbathing.
Of course the main attraction of Bayeux is its world famous tapestry. The work of art was allegedly constructed by Reine Mathilde, the wife of William the Conqueror, to commemorate the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Rumour has it, however, that the tapestry was woven and designed in England, although it is now proudly housed in the city’s museum. The city’s Notre Dame Gothic cathedral is another popular tourist draw and was also once home to the iconic tapestry. Visitors who have botanical interests may wish to visit the Jardin Botanique de Bayeux, which house an extensive collection of established indigenous and rare plants and trees, many of which date back to the garden‘s formation in 1864.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Bayeux will discover that Normandy has a mild temperature climate, similar to that of the UK. Summer temperatures average in the early to mid 20s degrees Celsius, whereas winters are cooler, with temperatures averaging around 10 degrees. Bayeux receives an average annual rainfall of around 23 inches.
Tourists looking to spend their holidays in Bayeux have the choice of reaching their destination by sea or by air. Brittany Ferries operate a regular ferry crossing from Portsmouth and Poole to Cherbourg, which is a short drive away. There are regular flights from a number of regional UK airports to the nearest international airport, Rennes - Saint-Jacques (RNS). These flights are operated by several airlines, including Air France and Flybe, departing from such airports as London Gatwick (LGW), Exeter (EXT) and Edinburgh (EDI).