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Make a holiday apartment in Caen your home away from home

As the capital of Lower Normandy, Caen is the perfect base to explore this beautiful region of France. Dream-like landscapes give way to impressive seaside cliffs and historic marvels in this storied province, and Caen is at the centre of it all. HomeAway has an incredibly diverse selection of holiday apartments in Caen, ranging from modern abodes to accommodations that ooze French provincial charm. Holiday apartments in Caen generally sleep 2-6 people, and there are also numerous holiday homes available that sleep up to 12.

Things to do in Caen

Visitors will find rustic farms, charming beachside towns, and reminders of more tumultuous times in the Normandy’s history, all in the area surrounding Caen. Visitors staying in holiday apartments in Caen will have easy access the area’s major sights, as well as Normandy’s distinct cuisine, which relies heavily on local cheese, cream, apples, and seafood.

-Un Musee pour la Paix is widely considered the best World War II museum in France. This memorial and museum takes a look at the heart wrenching events that led up to the war, how the war progressed, and how it finally ended. Special focus is held on the D-Day landings, an event that occurred within a short drive of Caen and helped turned the tide of World War II in its final stages.

-Chateau de Guillaume le Conquerant is an imposing stone castle had built in the centre of Caen in 1060. Further developed by his son, much of the castle still remains to this day. Visitors can scale the walls of the structure’s perimeter to gain access to stunning panoramas of the city, which include the nearby Old Town and several centuries-old abbeys.

-Musee des Beaux Arts is a well-curated museum which chronicles fine art from the 15th century to the modern day with a series of fascinating exhibitions. Many landscape and portrait paintings on display here depict Lower Normandy and its residents from centuries past. The museum also lays claim to works of art by numerous notable artists, including Monet, Dubuffet, and Rubens.

-The Bayeux Tapestry is a must-see and is about a 30 minute drive from Caen holiday homes. This 70-metre embroidery tells the story of the Norman Conquest of England through a series of illustrated panels and text and is widely thought to have been commissioned sometime in the 11th century. Despite being nearly 1000 years old, the tapestry is in remarkable condition and is on full display at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum.

-Omaha Beach is the most famous of all the D-Day landing sites and it played a pivotal role in the Second World War. On 6 June 1944, 50,000 American troops arrived at Omaha Beach in an effort to take back Lower Normandy from the Nazis. Today, Omaha Beach is a peaceful and scenic beach, that can easily be reached from Caen by car or organised tour.

The Weather in Caen

The weather is warmest from June through September, when high temperatures range from 15°C to 18°C. It can get quite chilly in the winter months, particularly in January and February. There is a steady amount of rainfall throughout the year, and an average of 15 rainy days per month.

Getting to Caen

Caen is a major port for ferries travelling from Portsmouth, and most holiday apartments in Caen can be reached within a half hour’s drive from the port. Drivers can also cross the Chunnel and enjoy the scenic 3-hour journey from Calais to Caen. It is also possible to fly into Paris, and take a high-speed train to Caen in just 2.5 hours.

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Caen area Holiday Apartments & Homes (1,161)

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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Great property really close to the beach

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                                                                                                    This is a really lovely little house really close to the beach in a quiet area of Lion sur Mer. It is also close to the supermarket, bars and restaurants. We stayed there with our two young children and it was a good size for the four of us. Everything was clean and easy to maintain. it has a nice little yard/garden which is handy for eating or chilling outside in the summer. Would really recommend it!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Lovely apartment in old square

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We have just returned from a very enjoyable holiday in Caen staying at this lovely 18th Century apartment in St. Sauveur Place. Our hosts Jean-Francois and Jocelyn are charming and could not have been more hospitable - the apartment is well appointed and immaculately clean. They had also equipped the apartment with necessities such as tea, coffee, various condiments and some nice treats like little cakes, chocolates, beer and wine - a very nice touch! Jean-Francois kindly allowed us to park at the apartment because he and Jocelyn were to be away as they live upstairs, this of course would not always be possible. We also were able to sit in the private garden. The situation of the apartment is in a pedestrianised old square, close to the L'Abbaye des Hommes - there is a market on Fridays, a boulangerie/patisserie 50 yards away, an upmarket restaurant next door and several bars. The bars appear to serve pizzas later in the evening, but generally they are drinking establishments for students. We had dinner in Le Manufacture, the restaurant next door, which was good (110 euros for 3 courses with wine). There are also several Italian restaurants close-by. The main restaurant area is in Rue Vaugueux near to the castle and we tried a couple of places there. Would definitely recommend Le Fauteuil Rouge and would stay again when in Caen. Many thanks to Jean-Francois and Jocelyn. Rod and Gill UK
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Great Apartment in a Great Location

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                                                                                                    We spent a lovely few days in this perfect apartment. It is modern, well equipped, and in excellent condition and the rooms are a good size. We enjoyed lunch on the little balcony and the wifi worked well. The apartment is in a quiet location but only a 10 minute walk form the beautiful sandy beach and the pretty village of Cabourg where we found some lovely restaurants and cafes. This area has so much history and has so many pretty villages to explore. We loved our visits to Deauville, Trouville and Honfleur. The owners were very helpful and we would absolutely recommend this property.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2015
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2015