Things to do when camping in Calvados
With so many of our Calvados campsite found perched by the sea, you can spend plenty of time exploring the coastal charm of the department. Pack a bucket and spade for sandcastle building and head to any one of the gorgeous beaches in the area, with stunning sands on offer at Cap Cabourg Beach, the American Cemetery Beach and Asnelles Beach.
Decorating the shoreline with their quaint fishing ports, cobbled streets and warm locals, the fishing villages and coastal resorts of Calvados are extremely pleasant. We love the town of Honfluer, where an abundance of attractions can be enjoyed along with seafood lunches and scenic walks. The best places of sightseeing interest can be found at Naturospace Honfleur Butterfly Park, ArTiane Gallery, the Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Le Jardin des Personnalités Public Garden.
If you love Honfluer, you’ll likely welcome a trip to the chic coastal town of Deauville to walk along its famous boardwalk. The sophisticated town of Cabourg is also worth a visit, where you can marvel at the Belle Epoque villas before enjoying the glamourous waterfront and blissful beach.
For history buffs, the city of Caen is bursting with attractions of antiquity, especially those dedicated to World War 2. Along with the Caen Memorial, which features a museum commemorating the battle of Caen, you’ll find interesting insights at L'Abbaye-aux-Homme Abbey.
Along with Caen, you’ll find many more tourist attractions linked to the part that Calvados played during WW2. The most popular places to visit are the Museum of the Battle of Normandy, the Normandy American Cemetery and the Memorial Museum of Omaha Beach. In Bayuex, top of the attractions list is the famous 11th century Bayeux Tapestry.
Heading into the countryside of the region rewards campers with the chance to enjoy a range of outdoor activities including cycling, hiking and water sports. Especially if you plan a trip to the aptly named Suisse Normandy. Defined by meandering rivers, green rolling fields and hills and rugged canyons, the area is noted as a great place to enjoy rock climbing and river kayaking.
Calvados is generously bestowed with an abundance of marvellous castles and châteaux; it’s possible to visit more than one during your camping holiday in Calvados. We recommend a day trip to the captivating Château Guillaume-le-Conquérant, Vendeuvre Castle, Balleroy Castle, Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet or Castle Brécy.
Youngsters will likely appreciate a day trip to one of the department’s best child-friendly attractions, with the best ones found at Bayeux Aventure Amusement Park, Zoo de Cerza and Festyland Theme Park.