Caen is the cradle of the Norman invasion of England in 1066. It was William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy’s base. It’s castle still dominates the city but there’s a lot more on offer – the two Abbeys William built and other fine churches. Plus a classy modern art museum, a pleasure port and stylish old entertainment districts. You can even sail your yacht into the heart of the city – or if you don’t have one – you can take pleasure boat trips downstream to Pegasus Bridge, which was the first place in Europe to be liberated from the Nazis in 1944.
This guide runs to just under twenty minutes.