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Caen, France Cruise Port

Located in northwestern France and connected to the English Channel by canal, Caen is a charming city and an excellent cruise destination. Steeped in an illustrious history and situated within beautiful natural surroundings, the city attracts visitors from across the world to experience its unique and pleasant character. Caen is littered will quaint and quirky shops, brilliant fine dining and a selection of wonderful parks and green spaces, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Despite the terrible damage inflicted on the city during World War II, Caen has managed to retain much of its architectural heritage and boasts many sight-seeing opportunities for visitors.

 Sightseeing in Caen

Caen can be both tranquil and peaceful in some areas and lively and bustling in others. The city is host to a plethora of castles, abbeys and other significant landmarks and monuments, which makes Caen a location of particular historical importance. Taking a walk around the city is an interesting and enlightening experience as you discover more and more about the areas culture, heritage and astonishing history.

Chateau de Caen

Chateau de Caen, or Caen Castle, is one of Europe's largest well-preserved fortresses, making it perhaps Caen's most popular historical monument. Constructed in 1060 by William the Conqueror, the castle was frequently engaged in battle throughout the middle ages. It now contains the Musee des Beaux-Arts, which boasts a collection of fine European art, and the Musee de Normandie, which celebrates the history of Normandy throughout the ages.

Jardin de Plantes

Founded hundreds of year ago, the Jardin de Plantes is Caen's historic botanical garden. The area contains over 8,000 species of plants and is very popular with locals and tourist alike, due to its beautiful spaces and stunning natural wildlife.

D-Day Landing Beaches

Only short distances from Caen are the world famous D-Day landing beaches, one of Frances most popular tourist locations. The five beaches, codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Gold and Sword during the Second World War are all open to the public for free. Many visitors choose to walk along the beaches, observing the beach defences and bomb craters that are still visible today and preserve the memory of what happened there on June 6th 1944.

Shopping in Caen

Caen offers visitors a fantastic shopping experience with its diverse range of shops, department stores and markets. The city holds a Friday market at Fossees Daint Julien and a Sunday market Place Courtonne, selling a variety of trinkets and souvenirs to take home as a memento of your stay in Caen. There are also a variety of small retailers and larger supermarkets in the city centre where you can pick up any essential items that you will need during your stay.

Eating Out in Caen

An excellent choice of restaurants in Caen makes eating out easy and affordable. Sit down for some classic French cuisine at popular restaurants such as Le Bouchon, Restaurant a Table or La Petite Auberge or choose from a variety of Italian, Chinese or Indian restaurants. Fast food outlets are also available throughout the city for people who wish to grab a quick meal.

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