Useful tips for Caen bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Caen. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Caen. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Caen highlights.
Touring Cider Houses & Calvados: as said, the region is also known for its Calvados. The basis of this product is an apple, which then is made into a cider, to after a subsequent process to finish as Calvados. These simple shown steps ultimately lead to the Calvados, the best kind of Calvados is naturally produced in the place itself, Calvados. Through drinking Calvados the appetite is also often generated. The inhabitants of Normandy themselves call the brandy "Trou Normand" and is often given between the courses. If you find it more enjoyable to move yourself by car, we recommend the "Route de Cidre "on, this is about 40 km long.
If your group consist of gourmet tourists the department of Calvados will not be unknown. Its very refined cuisine and its dairy products such as cheese and the base of the Calvados, namely apples, know Calvados. The area is also nicknamed "The heart of Normandy". It features many forested hills, grasslands where the cows live and of course especially orchards with apples. A contradiction to this tranquil oasis is the beaches and seaside resorts, which are located in Calvados as well. Obviously, this combination makes it even more attractive, there is something for everyone.
Calvados has also historically a lot to offer, such as the Battle of Normandy. Many things that remind you of this battle you will find in the city and one museum. Caen is the capital city of Calvados and equally the capital of the region.
Virtually every city in the region of Lower Normandy has its own tourist office, so also Caen. Much of the business tourism is regulated from a tourist office. The central tourist office is the most central of the region and they can perfectly assist you in finding the right place for your event (congress). The largest congress centre ‘Le Centre de Congrès de Caen’ has 18 different meeting rooms for rent and is situated right in the city. Make sure to organize a Cider and Calvados tour once the business program is completed.
La Manche has a reputation as a lovely region with the interior typical Normandy grasslands, with many fences and rivers. Also La Manche has just as Calvados a coastal area. Partly because of the Cotentin (peninsula) may in particular the nature lovers get their heart here. Coutance, Cherbourg-Octeville, Avranches and Saint-Lô are the districts of Manche. Saint-Lô is also the capital of Manche. There also Manche is partly located on the coast; there is also here a selection of fresh seafood available. The charming fishing villages characterize it. Besides the beautiful beaches there are also rugged cliffs. These stretch out from Cherbourg to Mont-Saint-Michel. Many tourists also go to Cap de la Hague because of its historical character. Another example of such a town is Granville; a historic wall surrounds the haute ville area. It is one of the largest ports in which can be seen obvious differences in the height of the water level of ebb and flood. A crossing is from Granville to Jersey by ferry is also a possibility.
The history of this region goes way back. It was Louis XIV who had ordered the making of lace. Many of these works can be found in the present museums out there. The capital is Alencon. Orne is not really a tourist attraction, despite the fact that it is a very suitable environment for people who like horse riding or making a brisk walk. In short, it"s more a city that has much to offer in terms of nature. The name has thanks to the River Orne. Who also can very indulge in this place are the mountaineers, Orne is known for its steep cliffs. For those who prefer a brisk walk should head for the La Suisse Normande. It is a rather unknown place, but has a scenic route along the Orne. The start of this walk is in Putanges-Pont-Ecripin and the terminal is Thury-Harcourt. During the walk you will pass beautiful picturesque villages, a castle and beautiful forest. Bagnoles de l"Orne and Tesse la Madeleine form a popular seaside resort. The special features are the hot springs and its great location at the beginning of a ravine. A visit here will not soon be forgotten.
As in many other regions of Lower Normandy in Orne are many delicacies available. The fine cuisine makes extensive use of local products, such as sour cream, the Camembert cheese as regards the dairy. Not to be forgotten are the other common ingredients such as apples, pears and cider.
Culinary products of high quality and Lower Normandy are inseparable. We mention three products where the region is famous for: Calvados, fish and cheese. That there is present a multitude of fresh fish, you will not be surprised. Lower Normandy has 500 kilometres of coastline. The most popular is the seafood, which is better known under the name of "fruits de mer". The four most famous cheeses in Normandy: Neufchâtel, Pont-l"Évêque, Livarot and the generally more famous type cheese, Camembert. If you want to see yourself how the process of making cheese is put together, we warmly recommend a visit to the Fromagerie Graindorge (Village Fromager). Of course there is the possibility to attend tastings.
Lower Normandy has two major airports, to wit Caen-Capriquet, also known as Caen la Mer Airport or Aéroport de Caen la Mer (CFR). The second major airport is called Deauville - Saint-Gatien Airport (DOL). The airports both are in the region of Calvados. Of the 2 mentioned airports, Caen-Carpiquet is the principal. This airport is located just west of the city of Caen at a distance of about 3,72 miles (6 km). Of course it is possible to take a taxi or to rent a car to your final destination.
Do you want to discover the center of Caen on your own initiative and you are sporty inclined, then there is the possibility to rent a bike at the organization V"eol. V"eol has 40 stations and over 350 bikes around and in the center of Caen. For a reservation, please send an text message including the text "VEOL "to +33 (6) 07453225. Afterwards you will receive a code, with which you can pick up your bike at every station.
Another organization where you can rent bikes is Loc Vélo. The organization hires out bikes in all shapes and sizes. From Tandem to racing bike, from child"s bicycle to electric bicycle, Loc Vélo has it all. In addition, they also have child seats and accessories like helmets, bag and baskets available. Loc Vélo is located on rue de Strasbourg.
Travelling through Caen at your convenience? Step on board of the tourist train. The tourist train is a completely different way of movement within Caen. With the tourist train you pass the main attractions of Caen in about 45 minutes, such as: the St Peter"s church, the castle, the market, the Abbey Abbaye-aux-Dames and the Abbey Abbaye-aux-Hommes. The starting point of the train is at the St Peter"s Basilica. St Peter"s Church is located opposite the tourist office of Caen at the St Peter"s Square. You have the option for an English or French speaking tour.
You think there is nothing in a regular city tour? His aforementioned city tours not attractive enough, then a musical walk through Caen may be something for you. Sitting in a train you get a guided musical tour along this pleasant town. During this tour you will come across all cultural heritage that the city of Caen is rich. This is all to the rhythm of Amavada and the music of Erik Satie, a Normandy composer. During this tour you will be surprised by a group of men and women whom will perform a play. This tour is a must it is a true spectacle. It is prudent to reserve in good time, because there is only a limited number of places available. The train leaves from the tourist office on Place Saint Pierre.