Explore Caen

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About this app

Explore Caen Map and City Guide is an application to facilitate your visit, stay and discovery of Caen. You can search, find and discover places, companies and businesses around you.

- Free of charge

- City map

- Geolocation

- Get directions to the places you want to go

- Complete information on thousands of places, tourist sites and points of interest.

- Find the best restaurants, shops, tourist sites, hotels, bars, etc. around you.

Since Explore Caen is a "Find Places Around Me" mobile application, you should use it while visiting Caen. If you want to try it from your current location, you can always install a "Fake GPS" app and setup your new location in the city of Caen.

Caen is a port city and capital of Calvados department in northern France's Normandy region. Its center features the Château de Caen, a circa-1060 castle built by William the Conqueror. It stands on a hill flanked by the Romanesque abbeys of Saint-Étienne and Sainte-Trinité, which both date from the same period. The multimedia Mémorial museum is devoted to World War II, the 1944 Battle of Normandy and the Cold War.

Caen lies close to the D-Day Landing Beaches and is so easy to get to via the ferry port of Ouistreham with regular sailings to Portsmouth and its own airport at Carpiquet with direct flights from spring to end of October to London Southened. Beaches and resorts where you can enjoy traditional seaside fun are just on the doorstep. Caen even has its own yachting marina, the Bassin Saint-Pierre, reaching into the heart of town.

Historically, it was due in large part to William the Conqueror that Caen grew into a great city beside the Orne. William’s wife, Matilda of Flanders, was also involved. Each ordered a grand abbey, the Abbaye aux Hommes for William, the Abbaye aux Dames for Matilda, both hugely impressive places to this day. In between them, the many-turreted castle was one of the most important in the duchy of Normandy; now, its walls conceal two museums.

During the Hundred Years War, Caen was violently attacked by English forces. In the second half of that conflict, English troops occupied the town for a long period, but the results were not all negative, as Caen University was founded at this time and the city retains a reputed university to this day.

Famously, the first crucial, successful action of the Allied D-Day invasion on 6 June 1944 was when British airborne forces secured the bridges downstream of Caen, between Bénouville and Ranville. Bénouville Bridge has gone down in history as Pegasus Bridge, after the emblem of the troops who took the crossing.

Unfortunately, Caen would not be liberated rapidly. After bitter fighting and terrible destruction, Caen was liberated on 9 July 1944. Much of the town had been destroyed. That said, some of Caen’s grandest monuments survived and much of the town was rebuilt in fine Caen stone – by the way, the Tower of London, ordered by William the Conqueror in the 1070s, was built in large part from Caen stone. All told, Caen’s city centre was well restored post-war. It makes an attractive place to visit, with plenty of museums, shops, restaurants and gardens, plus the liveliness of a university town.

Enjoy your visit ans stay in Caen !
Updated on
Jul 8, 2019

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First release of Explore Caen Maps and City Guide