OUISTREHAM is the port for the university city of Caen, located 15km to the south and connected to Ouistreham by a fast dual carriageway. Many aspects of Ouistreham’s seaside life can be seen at the harbour, including sailing, fishing, the fish market, the locks and the arrival and departure of the ferries.
Ouistreham’s pedestrian precinct and its numerous shops will lead you to the casino, the thalassotherapy, the Landing Museums and to the various activities offered by the sailing club. There is old village to explore where a fortified church was built in the 19th century. The church is landmark of this seaside area, and around it was built the village of Ouistreham, especially the "Grange aux Dîmes".
Things to See & Do
* Grange aux Dîmes
* Museum of the Atlantic Wall
* Le Grand Bunker
* Musée du Débarquement n° 4 Commando
* Old Village area
Cruise Season – Feb - Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language - French
Land Area – 25.7 sq km’s
Population – 9,500
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT + one hour
International Country Telephone Code + 33
Port Location – Ships dock at Ouistreham, 15 kilometres north of Caen. There are taxis and a shuttle service available from the port to the city centre of Caen.
Transport Links – Caen-Carpiquet Airport is the biggest airport in Lower-Normandy offering flights to the whole of Europe. The city is also connected to the rest of the Calvados département by the Bus Verts du Calvados bus network. Trains leave every 2 hours from Saint-Lazare station in Paris to Caen and Cherbourg. Ferries cross the Channel from Portsmouth (UK) to Ouistreham, 15 km north of Caen.
Bus verts will get you around Normandy pretty easily. Within Caen and its close suburbs, you use the bus and tramway network, called twisto.