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Taking its name from a cluster of rocks off the English Channel coast, Calvados caters to your every holiday whim in its prestigious seaside resorts, but the department is most famous as the landing site of Allied troops on the beaches of the Bay of the Seine on the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. Located in the Lower Normandy region and created during the French Revolution, this department belongs to the Basse-Normandie region where the Battle of Normandy took place. Agriculture dominates the economy of Calvados, with specialties you can try at nearby shops and restaurants, including butter, cheese, hard cider, and Calvados, the apple-based liqueur that takes its name from the area. The department is one of the most-touristed destinations and biggest vacation hot spots in Normandy thanks to its seaside resorts with luxurious hotels and casinos, manor houses, castles, and quiet chalk cliffs all along the green countryside. Add Calvados and other destinations in France to your travel itinerary using our France trip planning website.
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Top Calvados tours
$190 BOOK WITH VIATOR Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris
Duration: 14 hours
$252 BOOK WITH VIATOR Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting
Duration: 12 hours
$78 BOOK WITH VIATOR D-Day Omaha Beach Area Morning or Afternoon Group Tour from Bayeux
Duration: 4 hours
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