There are many reasons for visiting Caen, and not only because the city is perfect for shopping. Caen was one of the stops during my road trip in France. I was only a day in Caen, but I got to see a lot during that day. If you are short in time, the best is to take a tour that takes about an hour of your time. You get to see everything and you can get out at the places you want to spend a little more time.
The church of Saint-Pierre is a good place to spend some time while visiting Caen. The church dates back to the 14th century and was partly destroyed during WW2. Across from the church is the Caen Castle, which is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. At the castle you can go on a lookout point to have a great view of the city and especially the church of Saint-Pierre. The castle holds several museums and gardens too.
The church was beautiful and you should go and see it while visiting Caen. If you only have one day in Caen and also want to do a little shopping, this is the perfect combination. The church and the castle are in the centre. You can easily combine a tour, the church and the castle, and a little shopping together. On your way you will also find perfect spots for a break.
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