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Destination guide

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Caen, FR?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 646 vacation rentals around Caen. From 239 house rentals to 252 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a seaside property in Caen?

Breathing in cool ocean air, basking in the abundant sunshine and decidedly losing all track of time. Now that's the sort of escape you deserve. Vrbo has 269 vacation homes by the beach. Open to other suggestions? Vrbo has plenty more rental options to explore, including:

  • 236 beach vacation rentals.
  • 137 city-center vacation rentals.
  • 134 village vacation rentals.

Can I rent an apartment in Caen?

Unpack your bags, admire the view and get the kettle on the boil. If you're searching for a place with all the conveniences of home, an apartment rental is a no-brainer. Vrbo has 231 for you to browse through here. If you make your reservation quickly, you could be spending as little as $24 a night. If that doesn't suit your family's taste, we've got a range of other property types to choose from, such as:

  • House: 230 vacation homes. Prices start from $45 per night.
  • Hotel: 48 vacation homes. Prices start from $35 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 29 vacation homes. Prices start from $30 per night.

Can I stay in Caen in a large group?

Vacations spent with family can be stacks of fun, particularly when you're under the one roof in a fantastic new place! If you'll be traveling with a large group, Vrbo can help you. House vacation homes are the most popular option for large groups of visitors, with 56 available here. Properties around the area that are perfect for large groups include:

  • Are you looking for vacation homes that can house 6 people? We have 172 that will suit. The prices start from $50 per night.
  • Need a rental property for 5 people? We have 101 that will serve you well. Prices begin at just $58 a night.
  • Hunting down properties for rent to suit 8 people? You'll be happy to discover we have 70 that'll be ideal. You can bag one for as little as $67 per night.

You and all your mates will be more than satisfied when you organize your Caen vacation through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Caen?

Vrbo has a range of fantastic budget-friendly rentals. Treat everyone to a fancy night out or hang around a bit longer with all the dollars you save. La Grâce De Dieu is perfect for bargain hunters. And with 14 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $79 a night, it isn't difficult to see why. Calvaire Saint Pierre is another place to consider. We have 35 rentals here, and the average price is around $83 per night.

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