Calvados is an administrative department in the Lower Normandy region of France with a rich history dating back hundreds of years. Not only is this region draped with the legacy of William the Conqueror, it is also the site of the Battle of Normandy during World War II. History buffs, foodies, and beach lovers will all find something to please them here. Check into one of the charming Calvados hotels and prepare to explore the past.
Out and About in Calvados
Take in the somber beauty of the beaches along the Bay of the Seine, where the Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944. There are numerous memorials to the soldiers who died here, including the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial, the British War Cemetery, and the Pegasus Memorial. Or how about a visit to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux? No, it's not the Notre Dame you're thinking of, but this national monument's Gothic stonework definitely deserves a look. This storied site once housed the famous Bayeux Tapestry, which you can now view at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum just down the road. Stroll along the length of this centuries-old 230-foot tapestry depicting William the Conqueror's conquest of England. Many of the hotels in Calvados are beautiful seaside resorts that are worth a visit in their own right.
Eating and Drinking
Normandy's dairy products and apples are world-famous, and you'll definitely notice their influence on the region's rich dishes. With so many miles of beaches lining the region, seafood is also a primary ingredient in local cuisine. Don't miss a glass of calvados, an apple brandy named after the region, and give yourself free license with the Camembert. You're on vacation, after all!