Exploring Caen's hidden secrets!

After visiting Caen on a Segway, it's time to see the hidden secrets in the city centre. With a map of Caen in one hand and a leaflet with the pedestrian trails in the other, we are all set to explore the hidden treasures of Caen's heritage and to reveal (almost) all its secrets!

Place Saint Pierre and Caen Castle

Head for Place Saint-Pierre to begin your visit to the city of Caen. From here you can admire the ramparts of Caen Castle on the hill, Saint-Peter's Church with its sculpted vaults, and not forgetting the fine town houses in Escoville (Tourist Office, Place Saint Pierre) and in Than (Boulevard Maréchal Leclerc).

The Vaugueux district

The half-timbered houses and the cobblestone streets are a reminder that this was a medieval district. The atmosphere both night and day makes you want to linger here a little while longer.

The Abbaye-aux-Dames

From here, you can go to the Saint Sépulcre collegiate church by following the "Degrés du Sépulcre", a secret passage at the heart of the Vaugueux district. The church fell into disuse at the French Revolution, and became an artillery magazine and barracks. Today it is a venue for shows and exhibitions.

This little visit will take us along Rue Saint-Anne as far as the Abbaye-aux-Dames, famous in Caen for its historic past. It was built from 1060 by Matilda of Flanders, the wife of William the Conqueror.

The Marina

In all seasons, the Caen marina is a great place for a romantic visit. With the numerous boats and sailing ships, a visit to the port is like a dream, with the sound of the ship's halyards in the background!

The Abbaye-aux Hommes

We leave the marina behind to enjoy a completely different atmosphere at the Abbaye-aux-Hommes. The visit is an opportunity to admire the esplanade with the French-style gardens, the cloister and the big Caen-stone columns, as well as Saint-Etienne abbey church.

Place Saint-Sauveur

We head for the historic district of Caen and the city's oldest square, Place Saint-Sauveur. We love to walk alongside the magnificent façades and take a break for a drink at a café terrace.

Rue Froide and its timber-framed houses

Here there is a medieval atmosphere. Rue Froide is the oldest road in the city of Caen. There are many independent shops, book stores, arts and crafts shops, designers and a few great restaurants. The street's large wooden gates invite visitors to go and see what is hiding behind them. When you are in search of treasures, some doors hide plenty of surprises!

Before we left, we visited the timber-framed houses in Rue Saint Pierre (n°52 and n°54) before going back to Place Saint-Pierre to round off the visit.

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