Destination guide

Calvados is heaven for cheese lovers

The department of Calvados occupies a swath of Normandy in Northern France, including Caen and Bayeux, and is characterized by its rugged beaches and rolling green meadows. This is the heart of the country's dairy production, with some of the best cheeses and butters being made here and which are perfectly paired with the department's famed tipple – calvados, a protected apple brandy which must be aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 2 years. With hundreds of beautiful sites, from towering cathedrals to elegant chateaux, you're never far away from France's rich history when you stay at a Calvados vacation rental.

Things to do

Calvados is packed with historical sites

This might come as a surprise, but after the capital, this small department holds the largest number of historic sites in the country. Over 900 medieval fortresses, ancient abbeys and palatial chateaux adorn the French register and they're all within reach of your Calvados vacation rental. If you're interested in art, try to make some time for the Musee des Beaux Arts in Caen, which houses contemporary works from national and international artists. At the weekend, you can amble through any of the local farmers' markets to pick up fine Normandy produce to take back to your rental.


Outdoor adventures await in Calvados

The pretty Normandy coastline and green hills are criss-crossed with footpaths and equestrian trails. When you stay in a Calvados vacation rental, you can lace up your boots for sunny walks across this scenic swath of Northern France or saddle up to horseback ride along the beach. Cycling is a popular way to immerse yourself in the landscape and you can choose from riding along the pretty country lanes on road bikes or hitting the hilly outdoor tracks on mountains bikes. Does all that sound like too much hard work? Try hopping in a rental canoe to gently paddle downstream instead.


Summer is Calvados' peak season

The only hot time to visit Normandy is during the summer months when families escape the cities for beach time. It's also the season, unsurprisingly, that comes with the highest price tag. If you want to save your money for the attractions and markets, consider visiting in the colder seasons. Both spring and fall can be a little chilly, but with bright skies, rental prices which have taken a nosedive and far fewer travelers on the hiking trails and beaches, it can be a seriously attractive time to stay in a Calvados vacation rental.

Natural features

Norman national parks in Calvados

There are 4 national parks in Normandy, all of which are easily reached from your Calvados vacation rental. Between them, they cover a staggering 450,000 hectares. The diverse list of habitats, from dense forests and marshlands to pastoral hills and waterways, provide homes for plenty of wildlife including seabirds and mammals like wild horses and the Norman cow. Spring is one of the best times for wildlife spotting, when many of the species have their young in tow. Along the coast, oyster farms are prevalent. Nothing beats watching these bivalves being hauled from the sea and shucked right in front of you.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Calvados

The nearest airport is in Caen (CFR-Carpiquet), located 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Deauville (DOL-Normandie), which is 28.5 mi (45.8 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Caen Station, Frénouville-Cagny Station and Moult Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around Calvados?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,581 vacation rentals near Calvados. From 1,662 Houses to 147 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Calvados for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Calvados?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Calvados. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Bayeux: 582 vacation rentals
  • Caen: 584 vacation rentals
  • Deauville: 1,986 vacation rentals
  • Trouville-sur-Mer: 1,793 vacation rentals
  • Cabourg: 1,940 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Calvados! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Calvados?

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

  • Bayeux: 582 rentals
  • Caen: 584 rentals
  • Deauville: 1,986 rentals
  • Trouville-sur-Mer: 1,793 rentals
  • Cabourg: 1,940 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Calvados?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Calvados are:

  • Carpiquet Airport (CFR): 1,739 vacation rentals
  • St Gatien Airport (DOL): 2,659 vacation rentals
  • Octeville Airport (LEH): 2,196 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Calvados?

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

  • Deauville Beach: 2,775 rentals
  • Bayeux Station: 1,273 rentals
  • Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial: 999 rentals
  • Juno Beach: 1,825 rentals
  • Omaha Beach Memorial Museum: 969 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Calvados listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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