To rent a private holiday villa or cottage in Bayeux is to experience the unique culture of a town founded by the Gauls, encompassing that very classic French culture - yet undoubtedly influenced by its proximity to the English Channel, so that you will find that many of the locals speak excellent English.
As for tourist activities, the central attraction in Bayeux is the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. The famous tapestry which bears the towns name was embroidered by English Monks after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and depicts the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy.
Elsewhere, the magnificent 11th century Bayeux Cathedral towers over the town's cobbled streets filled with historic buildings and museums housing displays on the D-Day landings on Omaha beach, Charles de Gaulle's life and words, and the history of hot air ballooning.
As in most of France, gastronomy is a an important part of the culture, and seafood is a specialty in Bayeux. The culture is typically very laid back, so you must be prepared for slow service when you eat out.
Overlooking Omaha Beach, just a few minutes away, is the American National Cemetery, featured in the film Saving Private Ryan, with its instantly recognizable neat rows of white crosses and immaculately kept grounds.
Bayeux makes an excellent base for exploring all the attractions and history of the surrounding region. You may find an equally engaging alternative to Bayeux with a private holiday home rental in Grandcamp Maisy
, a nearby, small coastal fishing village which offers similar prospects for enthusiasts of WWII history, plus a range of energetic activities from horse-riding to sailing lessons.