Visit Calvados, Normandy
What to do in Calvados
Calvados, a department in Normandy, is an incredible destination offering some of the best hidden gems that France has to offer. From the stunning city of Caen to specialist distilleries, as well as striking castles and tranquil parks and gardens, there is truly something for every taste.
Thanks to DFDS, you can reach Calvados easily from the UK by taking a ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe. You’ll arrive in the heart of Normandy in just a few hours, and from there the possibilities are almost endless. Why not plan your perfect trip with GetYourGuide?
What to see in Calvados?
Calvados, a department in the Normandy region of Northern France, is a beautiful destination with a rich history and stunning landscape. From charming towns to historic landmarks, Calvados has something to offer every traveller. Be sure to visit the historic town of Bayeux and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a 70-meter-long embroidered artwork depicting the events leading up to the Norman Conquest of England.
Take a tour of the Château de Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror, and learn about the fascinating history of the area. For food and drink enthusiasts, visit one of the many cider producers in the region, such as the Calvados Experience by Père Magloire, for a tasting and tour of the distillery. Nature lovers can explore the Suisse Normande, a hilly and picturesque area with scenic hikes and outdoor activities. With so much to see and do, Calvados is the perfect destination for a memorable trip.
What is Calvados famous for?
Best known for its namesake, Calvados brandy, which is made from locally grown apples, Calvados is rich in history and famous for its stunning scenery. Additionally, the region is home to some of the most important landmarks in European history, including the Bayeux Tapestry and the D-Day beaches. The area was also the birthplace of William the Conqueror, and visitors can learn about his life and legacy whilst exploring some of the most beautiful castles that France has to offer.
Calvados also boasts an array of charming towns and villages, such as Honfleur and Bayeux, where visitors can wander the narrow streets, admire the architecture, and indulge in delicious local cuisine, wine and of course calvados. Whether you are interested in history, food, drink, or natural beauty, Calvados has something to offer every holidaymaker.