Parks, botanical gardens and nature areas… Caen is famous for its green spaces. It’s easy to get away from the effervescence of the city and enjoy a walk and a nap in the shade of a tree !
Enjoy exotic fragrances at the Caen Botanical Gardens
The Caen Jardin des Plantes was one of France’s first botanical gardens, first opened in 1689. There are over 8,000 exotic and Normandy plant species in the 3.5-hectare park.
Once in the Jardin des Plantes and the Botanical Garden, do not miss the flower pavilion that has become the emblem of the park. A little further, you will find the magnificent Sophora, a remarkable Japanese tree, the olfactory workshop to recognize the smells of medicinal garden plants and the Orangery for a trip on the islands between banana and vanilla trees! Do not hesitate to talk with gardeners who always give good horticultural advice!
A nature break in the Caen parks
Why not make the most of a sunny summer’s day for a picnic in the parks of Caen? Head for the Vallée des Jardins (Garden Valley), the former meadows that are now large gardens and an arboretum ! Here you will no doubt see a few joggers, cyclists and even some rabbits !
To please the children, go to the animal park of the Bird Hill to meet the animals of the Norman breed such as donkeys, goats, geese, ducks and even pigs. There is also a 2000 m² playground and mini golf. We love to walk in the beautiful rose garden and get lost in its labyrinth. In addition to being a landscaped park of 17 hectares overlooking the city of Caen, it is also a place where we practice ecological culture!
Panorama on Caen at Michel d'Ornano Park
The Michel d’Ornano Park is every bit the equal of the Gardens of Versailles ! The French-style park is listed as a historic monument for its beautiful flowerbeds, avenues of lime trees and the hilly maze. It dates from 1774 and is laid out around the famous Abbaye-aux-Dames. And on the cedar of Lebanon hill you can enjoy the finest view over Caen and its spires !
A vast area of nature on the outskirts of the city of Caen
A step or two away from the city centre is La Prairie, a green area covering 90 hectares ! Here, people go jogging or enjoy a walk with birdsong as the soundtrack ! La Prairie in Caen is also a bird reserve, where you can see over 200 bird species, including snipe, cormorant and herons. Normandy is famous for its many horse races. East of La Prairie, you can see harness races at the Caen Hippodrome, the capital of harness racing and trotter breeding !
Back to the Middle Ages in the Jardin des Simples
In the castle of Caen, we go back to the Middle Ages in the Garden of the Simples! There are vegetables of yesteryear, medieval and medicinal plants, walnut trees, apple trees … Small haven of greenery conducive to strolling, you can enjoy the sun at the foot of the castle on the chairs and deckchairs installed in the Garden of the Simples.
Stroll through the dormant cemeteries of Caen
During your visit to Caen, the visit of dormant cemeteries is an opportunity to discover several famous local personalities. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, these little green spaces have now become places for walks where you like to stroll. You are allowed, this type of visit may seem strange, but the decor invites romanticism with century-old trees and a state of nature abandoned, but still very well maintained …