Situated on the Aure river and just 10km from the coast,
Bayeux is a beautiful medieval city set in historic Normandy. If you’ve yet to
visit this charming city found near our Normandy villas, read on to find out
more and discover that there is more to the city than its namesake tapestry.
The Bayeux Tapestry is arguably the city’s most popular
tourist attraction, and has been listed by UNESCO as of cultural and historical
importance. Though you’ll find the tapestry on display in the city today in its
own dedicated museum, the tapestry was most likely made in southern England. It
depicts the decline in Anglo-Saxon rule and the rise of the Normans,
culminating in the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
Another landmark you simply cannot miss in Bayeux is the
Cathedral, known as the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux. It features some
simply stunning architecture with its highly intricate spires towering above
the city’s medieval quarter found below. This part of the city is well worth
exploring, with half-timber houses lining narrow cobbled streets and pretty
water mills perched beside the canals.
Elsewhere on the city’s sidestreets, you’ll find quaint
shops decorated with flowers enticing you in to purchase all kinds of products
from antiques to art. Here you’ll also find local and authentic produce ranging
from cider to cheese, while the cochon de Bayeux, pork from the local Bayeux
breed of pigs, is also a must-try.
Bayeux also has a beautiful park in the form of the Jardins
du Botanique de Bayeux, a series of landscaped park gardens covering 2.6
hectares of land. Featuring more than 400 different tree species, its most famous
is perhaps the ‘Weeping Beech’, which was certified as a ‘Remarkable Tree of
France’ in 2001.
Image: Gaetan Zarforoushan, available under Creative Commons