A visitor’s guide to Bayeux

05th October, 2016
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