Make Bayeux a part of your French trip where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the city along with the breathtaking Normandy beaches. Bayeux is a petite town situated on the banks of River Normandy in the county of Calvados. The city is so small that you would hardly find the need to ask for driving directions. Replete with museums the city of Bayeux is popular across the globe for its fascinating Bayeux tapestry. The city however does not stop there. It is also famous for the various festivals the city celebrates with great pomp and show throughout the year, most pertaining to the history of the town.
The city of Bayeux also hosts products like lace, dairy food, milk products and appealing poetry. Historically the old town was founded in the first century and was formally recognized by the name of Augustodurun. Today the town stands seven kilometers away from the English Channel and is also referred to as the capital of Bessin that lies to the north-west of Calvados. Holding strategic importance in the Second World War the city of Bayeux was the first to win liberation in the battle of Normandy in France. The town is home to the war cemetery which is the largest British cemetery ever since the Second World War in France. Moreover the town depicts the darker shades of history as it also houses a memorial to the journalists that lost their precious lives while reporting about what we know as history today. The cathedral decorated with Bayeux tapestry at its nave is another highlight of the petite town.
The beauty of the city is that everything is within walking distance. Undoubtedly the city of Bayeux is rich with history and can be used as a base for camping as well as to visit other towns around it.
Bayeux is a wonderful medieval town that is pretty charming attractive and well maintained. A trip to this city would definitely elevate your historic knowledge and make for a pleasant and entertaining stay in this historic hub.
Essential travel information and Bayeux tips for your visit
- Public transport gets a little expensive in the city. Try visiting the city by car. If walking is your thing, you can't miss out on this petite town.
- The roads are narrow and uneven. Wear good footwear to walk around.
- Bayeux is just about 2 hours by train from Paris.
- You can add the city of Bayeux to your Normandy trip to enhance your holiday.
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