Bayeux, a town of about 17,000 people, is of course famous for its tapestry (actually an embroidery). However there is much more to the town than that including the river Aure which flows through and the Romanesque cathedral. It is in the Calvados department of Normandy, so very handy for Brits who are seeking a toe hold in France. Prices in the north are somewhat cheaper then in the south of France, though naturally a prime sea front location is not going to be at a give away price.
For those who want to spend an extended time in the area while looking at properties holiday cottages can be rented from about £65 per week in the lowest season – but remember these are really meant for summer lets, so may be sparse on heating for a winter visit.
For those who like to explore the local tourist office can supply a map of many local trails and suggested trips.
Being so far north Bayeux is of course easily accessed from the Channel ports. The town has a railway station on the line from Paris. It is on the N13 and easy to reach from several of the Channel ports by car or coach.
There are many regular events to look forward to from a rock festival in Sully to the blessing of the sea each August. Port-en-Bessin, the areas largest fishing port has a festival of sea songs – but don’t worry this also includes lots and lots of lovely sea food. To explore the town quickly take the little train which visits various historic sites, or go on a tour of battle sites and memorials. Place au Pommes is full of artist’s studios to browse and admire. There are also a number of high quality antique shops and near Christmas there are special markets. For the sporting as well as the usual water based activities there is archery, hiking trails, paragliding and a motor bike club.
Food and Drink in Bayeux
Food in the north of France is based on butter and cream rather than the olive oil found further south. Apples are the predominant fruit and so Calvados and Cider are often used as ingredients and camembert is the favourite cheese. Being near the coast of course sea food is as fresh and good as can be.
Le Pommier, 38-40 Street of Cuisiners, Bayeux 14400, Tel no: 02 31 21 52 10 Menus from 23 €
Hostellerie Saint-Martin, 6, place Edmond Paillaud, Bayeux 14480, Tel no: 0231801011, Menus from 25 €
Sextant properties will be able to put you in touch with a local bi-lingual estate agent who will know the area well and is aware of all the properties that will fit your particular requirements, budget and area whether a courtyard house in upper Normandy, a smart town house in Bayeux itself or a sea view apartment overlooking La Manche and the beach.