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The beautiful and historic city of Caen has something for everyone no matter when you visit. Here’s an idea of what you can expect throughout the year in William the Conqueror’s city.

Caen in spring

When spring arrives and the weather improves, the city’s many green spaces burst into life. The small but perfectly formed city centre is perfect for strolling around and soaking up the local culture. Visit the market on the Place Saint-Sauveur then enjoy a refreshing sip of the local drink known as an Embuscade (‘ambush’) on a sunny terrace on the Rue Ecuyère.

© F. Mahaut / Calvados Attractivité

Caen in summer

The sun is shining, so why not head to the impressive medieval Caen Castle, enjoy a relaxing picnic and marvel at the views from the ramparts overlooking the city? Experience the summer vibes in Caen and its excellent restaurant scene, especially in the pretty Vaugueux neighbourhood next to the castle. The streets are bustling with people, the nights are warm, and the city comes alive with events, markets and music.

Caen, Castle of William the Conqueror ©Packshot-fotolia.com © PackShot/Fotolia.com

Caen in autumn

When the sun is lower in the sky and the leaves start to turn, it’s time to soak up the autumnal charms of Caen: fewer crowds, hearty cuisine and historic architecture that glows in the golden hour. Visit the local market next to the marina on Sunday morning and peruse a plethora of fresh seasonal produce!

© T. Houyel

Caen in winter

Caen is particularly atmospheric in the winter. A brisk evening stroll around the city centre and marina is a must, if just to appreciate the Christmas markets and illuminations. When it snows, the magnificent Town Hall and next-door Men’s Abbey built by William the Conqueror are transformed into a winter wonderland!

© Philippe Delval – Caen la Mer Tourisme