Caen (served by Port Caen-Ouistreham) is located on Orne River (northwestern France). The city covers an area of approx 26 km2 (10 ml2) and has population around 110,000 (metro around 420,000). Caen is approx 10 km (6 ml) from the English Channel, to which is connected permanently via Canal de Caen a la Mer. The canal ends at Ouistreham (the city's commercial port), where a lock keeps the tide out and lets large vessels (including ferries and cruise ships) to navigate up the canal to the harbours of Caen.
- Caen is also the 2nd largest municipality in Normandy (following Le Havre) and also Normandy's 3rd largest city - following Rouen and Le Havre. The Caen metro area is Normandy's 2nd largest (after Rouen) and France's 21st largest.
- The city is located approx 2 hours northwest of Paris. It is linked to the UK (southern England) via the Ouistreham-Portsmouth ferry (regularly scheduled daily service). The small Ouistreham port is at the Caen Canal's end (English Channel). A ferry service is available between Portsmouth and Caen (via Ouistreham) running both supercat fast ferries and standard Ro-Ro (roll-on-roll-off) passenger and car ferry ships. The ferry terminal is approx 15 km (9 ml) from Caen with daytime shuttle bus servicing foot passengers.
- Caen is very close to Normandy's landing beaches, also to the coast, the popular resorts Cabourg and Deauville, Norman Switzerland, Pays d'Auge.
- The city is famous with historical buildings (most of which were created during William the Conqueror / 1028-1087) and also for the Battle for Caen (during the Battle of Normandy / WW2 1944).
- The Chateau de Caen castle was erected by William the Conqueror (who conquered England in 1066). The castle is one of Western Europe's biggest medieval fortresses and currently serves as a museum.
Highlights: William the Conqueror's chateau, Bayeaux, D-Day beaches
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