179 Properties for sale in Calvados, Normandy, France


On the northern coast of France, Calvados, currently part of the Lower Normandy region, has had a turbulent history, playing an important role in World War II and as the home of William the Conqueror. Memorials to both parts of history are evident across the department but there are also glamorous seaside resorts to explore and plenty of cheese and cider to sample.

CAPITAL: CAEN - William the Conqueror commissioned many of the city's most famous sites, including the Château de Caen, which now houses the museum of Normandy and the museum of fine arts. Much of Caen was destroyed during the Battle of Normandy in 1944 and has been rebuilt since. The Caen Memorial is an award-winning museum dedicated to peace and is regarded as one of the best World War II museums in France.

Average property prices

Calvados department: € 170,000

Source: Notaires de France

Access from UK

By air: Caen and Deauville

By train: Eurostar to Paris then regional services

By road: Caen is 338km from Calais


Average annual temperature: (Caen): 7.4°C/15.1°C

Average annual rainfall: 739.9mm

Average annual sunshine hours: 1,691.2

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Historic towns and seaside resorts


Many come to Normandy to visit the D-Day beaches and there is an annual festival in June to commemorate the Landings of 1944. There is also the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror and is on display in the town of Bayeux. It's not all history though; Calvados is home to some of France's most prestigious seaside resorts, including Deauville and Trouville, both of which remain popular with Parisians.

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