The City of Caen

La ville de Caen

Caen, ideally located between the Paris area and the UK, right by the sea, combines a rich historical heritage and economic, cultural and student dynamism.


Caen, a student and cultural city

In view of its student population of over 25,000 students spread over 4 campuses, Caen enjoys a very active nightlife in many restaurants, bars, discos throughout the city.

During the year, several festivals are landmarks in the Caen social life. To quote but a few:

  • Nördik Impakt is a major electro festival. For a week in November, the town is full of very varied gigs in bars and various smaller concert venues, with a final night at the Parc des Expositions.
  • Les Boréales, since 1992, is also a November event. This festival wishes to be a platform for artistic creation from five Nordic countries (Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Latvia).
  • The biggest festival is Festival Beauregard, which hosts many French and international artists for 3 days in July

A historical city

From the battlements of William the Conqueror’s castle, you will behold the history of the city, unfolding from the 10th century until today.

Inside the castle, you will be able to stroll at your leisure, from the Fine Arts Museum to the park.

Once you leave the castle, whether walking out towards the port or the townhall, you will enjoy the downtown pedestrian precinct and its many shops

Then you can revisit the 20th century as you go to the Peace Memorial, where the memories of a very recent past are kept.

You will experience still other surprises as you walk the streets. Allow yourself to be carried away by the city.

Regional Economic Capital City

Around Caen, this metropolis as a whole remains a key driver for the whole region. Sometimes less known than major historic events, the economy of the Caen La Mer metropolis is based on the territory’s poles of excellence that many European and world leaders have trusted, often for decades, to comfort their success and to be resilient in any circumstance:

  • Automotive industry with Renault Trucks, the P.S.A. Group, Robert Bosch Electronics or Valeo,
  • Agrifgood with Agrial,
  • Microelectronics and ICTs with France Télécom R&D, NXP (ex Philips semiconductors), or Net Centrex R&D,
  • Logistics and distribution with Carrefour or Système U,
  • Medical and pharmaceutical industries with Groupe Batteur, Schering-Plough or Glaxo Wellcome productions,
  • Other industry sectors such as stationery, with Hamelin and its famous ‘Oxford’ or ‘Super Conquérant’ brands …