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Forget St-Tropez

The Calvados department covers the area of land stretching from the centre of Lower-Normandy to the northern coastline. It has a number of resorts along its Cote Fleurie (Flower Coast) that are considered the best in the whole of Normandy. Long before the French Riviera sprang up, the likes of Orne, Honfleur, Deauville, Trouville, Houlgate and Cabourg were considered the number one destination for bathing in France. Today, they have still retained their popularity and charm. Both Parisians and Brits take to this strip of coastline every summer. Further to the west lies the Pearl Coast. Despite having long sandy beaches this area is not celebrated as a place for bathing but rather as a historical site reflecting on the Normandy landings. There are many museums in the area for re-discovering this past.

A hopeful capital

The department's capital, Caen, is an easygoing city with its wide streets and squares. It is situated on top of a series of hills that give the town an erratic plan and adds to its charm. It is clear that the city suffered badly during World War II, yet it has preserved many ancient buildings from its Norman past. The towns' most memorable landmark is its World War II museum, which also serves as a monument to a peaceful future.

Evidence of the past

St-Lo is another city that suffered greatly as a result of World War II. Its history can be traced back much further to the Roman times, however. Today, St-Lo has been re-built into a modern, thriving town.

The infamous tapestry

Not all of Normandy had to put up with an onslaught of bombs during World War II. Bayeux is one such town that escaped the carnage. It is perhaps best known for its tapestry that hangs gracefully from a museum in the very centre of town. Bayeux has kept its historical atmosphere with its half-timbered housing and maze of small streets.

How to get there

The nearest airports with direct flights to/from the UK are currently Dinard, Rennes and Paris. There are plenty of other options, however. Ferries will take you to Ouistreham (Caen), Le Havre, Cherbourg and St-Malo and are much more convenient as you can take your car. The Channel Tunnel is another option. If you don't want to take your car then the TGV train will take you down into Normandy stopping off in Le Havre, Evroux, Caen and Cherbourg.

Calvados property prices

There is an increasing interest in the Normandy region from British buyers as the market in Brittany becomes too overcrowded. Two thirds of the buyers from abroad are British and most choose to settle near the resorts on the coast. There are cheaper properties, many needing renovation, to be found inland.

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Calvados is on the English Channel in Lower Normandy.

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