Region: Normandie

Wide sandy beaches for bathing and behind them lush hilly countryside ensure relaxation in this beautiful northern department.

Calvados belongs to the region of Basse-Normandie and is surrounded by the departments of Seine-Maritime, Eure, Orne and Manche. To the north is the Baie de la Seine, part of the English Channel. On the east, the Seine River forms the boundary with Seine-Maritime. Calvados includes the Bessin area, the Pays d'Auge and the area known as the "Suisse normande" ("Norman Switzerland").

 All images © ATOUT FRANCE/CDT Calvados

The Cote Fleurie,the ‘Flower coast’, isn't impressive just because it has Deauville, but also because of the neighbouring beach resorts along the coast. The Cote de Nacre with its flat sandy beaches is far less touristy.

This is where the D-Day landing beaches are and the area is peppered with bunkers, military graveyards and D-Day museums.


Caen - the university town makes an excellent place from which to explore the D-Day beaches.

Honfleur - picturesque and traditional seaside town.

Deauville - Parisian gentility and horses in 'Paris' beach-resort' town

The D-Day beaches - sombre reminders of less pleasant times


Comité Départementale du Tourisme du Calvados
8 rue Renoir 14054 CAEN
Tel: 02 31 27 90 30


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