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I just Caen get enough of this French city

Famous for its ornate chateaux, medieval streets, and William the Conqueror, Caen is a vibrant city in northern France. A Caen vacation rental makes a great base for exploring the region. Perched on the banks of the River Orne, it's crammed with medieval history, plus chic restaurants and boutiques. Visit the fairy tale-style Abbaye aux Hommes, the final resting place of William the Conqueror, or the Caen Memorial Museum, one of the best WW2 museums in France. It's also within easy reach of the Normandy Landings beaches and D-Day Museums at Arromanches.

Things to do

Conquering Caen—an ideal French vacation for history buffs

Caen's most famous former resident, William the Conqueror, built Chateau de Caen, the city's beautiful 11th-century castle. One of the largest castles in Western Europe, it's also home to the Museum of Fine Arts of Caen, the Museum of Normandy, and simply stunning gardens featuring living plants from the Middle Ages. A Caen vacation rental is a great base for a trip to the Caen Memorial Museum, one of the finest war museums in France. Don't miss its 3 memorial gardens; the American, the British and the Canadian, which are dedicated to the countries who helped liberate France.


Chateaux and abbeys, it's medieval mayhem in Caen

Caen is a buzzy, vibrant city, which is as pretty as a picture thanks to an abundance of medieval architecture. The narrow cobbled streets are lined with stylish boutiques, cozy bars, and chic cafes. After a day of exploring Caen's historic sights, the crumbling chateaux and ornate abbeys, you can experience fine Normandy cuisine in one of the charming restaurants in the Vaugueux Quarter. A Caen vacation rental is also a popular base for exploring the beaches of Normandy, and the emotive sites of the Normandy Landings during WWII.


Sizzling summers and chilly winters, Caen has it all

This stretch of France's northern coast experiences all 4 seasons. Although not quite as balmy as the country's Mediterranean coast, it does see its fair share of sunshine in the summer months. The busiest time to visit is between June and September, when Caen vacation rentals get snapped up quickly. Saying that, it's a great city to visit at anytime of year, but especially in spring, when the flowers are in bloom. For the widest choice of accommodation, come in winter, when the mercury drops towards freezing and rain clouds are a frequent visitor, so pack an umbrella.

Natural features

The Normandy coast is heaven for hikers and bikers

A 7-mile drive from the Normandy coast of France, Caen is a charming medieval city simply crammed with a mix of ancient and modern history. It also makes a great base for the many hiking and cycling trails that Normandy has become famous for in recent years. The region has more than 2,000 miles of long-distance walking trails, so it's worth packing your good boots. If you're looking for a leisurely, yet scenic stroll, you can do far worse than taking one of the coastal paths which run along the coast and dip down to some of the beaches.

How to get there

How to get to and around Caen

Fly into Caen (CFR-Carpiquet), the closest airport, located 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Deauville (DOL-Normandie), which is 26.6 mi (42.7 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Caen Station.

Where to stay around Caen?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 568 vacation rentals near Caen. From 224 Houses to 224 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Caen for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Caen?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Caen:

  • Caen City Centre: 40 vacation rentals
  • Centre Ancien: 30 vacation rentals
  • La Prairie: 34 vacation rentals
  • Pierre Heuze: 23 vacation rentals
  • Port of Caen: 27 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Caen?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Caen. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen: 1,838 vacation rentals
  • Caen Castle: 1,838 vacation rentals
  • Caen Station: 1,875 vacation rentals
  • Abbaye-aux-Hommes: 1,766 vacation rentals
  • Caen's Exhibition Centre: 1,707 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Caen listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Caen?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 224 Houses in Caen. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Caen include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 224 rentals available
  • Cottages: 28 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Caen?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 49 vacation rentals with pool available in Caen. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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