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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“A trip through the history of the conflicts of the 20th century with artefacts, sound effects, films, and documentation which is continually being updated. Terrifying and gripping, the cafe/restaurant provides a welcome rest. ”
  • 149 locals recommend
History Museum
“At the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux you will discover the conquest of the throne of England by William the Conqueror from 1064 until the end of the Battle of Hastings. www.bayeuxmuseum.com”
  • 74 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“One of William the conqueror's castles with great views of Caen. With museums to visit.”
  • 84 locals recommend
Beach
“There are many D Day beaches and tours all within just over an hours drive. Depending on when you are here will depend on events being held. Please check online for details. Museums often charge entry fees. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Cemetery
“The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. The long lines of white marble Latin crosses and stars of David symbolise the sacrifices that the Allied nations - and here in particular the United States of America - have made for our freedom. The cemetery is an exceptional site, not in the least because of its impressive location dominating Omaha Beach, where the Americans suffered their worst losses. It take around 45 minutes to drive to the American Cemetery from La Forge and is well worth a visit.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Casino
“Fantastic cocktails (the barman came to my wedding) - ask for the Mojidos! The place is not cheap however and can get busy.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Hotel
“Plus qu'un Zoo, Cerza est un centre de reproduction destiné à sauvegarder les espèces en voie d'extinction. Parcours en train au plus proche de la nature...”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“A profusion of different plants and secret paths. A small maze and a huge rose garden, some goats, sheep, hens etc and views over the whole of Caen”
  • 41 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Adventure Park with rollercoasters, 3D cinema, waterslides, animals, fun day out for the family.”
  • 24 locals recommend
City Hall
“William the Conqueror is buried here and many English lords as well! It is a magnificent building and there are organ recitals held here as well as the daily church services and Sunday Mass.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Museum
“Honfleur est le berceau de l'impressionnisme et a attiré de nombreux artistes. Un musée intimiste en retrace l'histoire et permet de découvrir de magnifiques œuvres d'art.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Promenade sur les Planches à Deauville ou Trouville, villas , casinos, nombreux restaurants, activités nautiques en bord de mer.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Casino
“Nice building; work in progress to reinstate the "bain de Trouville" famous place where the Parisian bourgeoisie met in the 19 century”
  • 23 locals recommend
Church
“Deuxième ville de pèlerinage en France après Lourdes, Lisieux est connue dans le monde entier grâce à Sainte-Thérèse. Que vous soyez pèlerins et visiteurs, la Basilique de Lisieux est une étape incontournable de votre voyage.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This really surpassed our expectations. The story of the D Day landings is beautifully captured - you can walk into the bomb craters and shelters. Fantastic views too. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Nature
“WWII Normandy Landings (US) Three D-Day museums. Musée D-Day Omaha features an Enigma machine”
  • 27 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Casino
“Fantastic cocktails (the barman came to my wedding) - ask for the Mojidos! The place is not cheap however and can get busy.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Casino
“Nice building; work in progress to reinstate the "bain de Trouville" famous place where the Parisian bourgeoisie met in the 19 century”
  • 23 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Institution of the Norman Coast since 1927. Specialties: fish and shellfish.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A walk or cycle ride of 5 km, or 10 mins by car from La pep takes you to the Roche d'Oëtre. A clifftop beauty spot with a stunning panoramic view over the forested gorge of the river Rouvre and the Normandy countryside for miles around. Dine in its pleasant restaurant and explore the visitors' centre and several nature trails. Nearby is Orne Aventure's Accrobranches (a "Go Ape" type of tree climbing adventure).”
  • 15 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Restaurant emblématique de Caen avec une ambiance sympa. Very popular restaurant of Caen with nice atmosphere.”
  • 38 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“This cosy restaurant is always open and nearly always full. A large room with a couple of little alcoves and a big log fire. Food is good and filling. Advisable to book.”
  • 21 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Petit restaurant très sympathique, travaillant des produits frais et de saison. A deux pas du Trouville Palace.”
  • 26 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Superbe intérieur, modern decor and a relaxed atmosphere. The food is also excellent based on seasonal produce. The fixed price menu is good value. Book ahead at weekends and holidays.”
  • 19 locals recommend

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