Holiday cottages in Calvados in Normandy are perfect for holidays at any time of the year. There are plenty of beaches to explore, important historical sites from WW2 and dating back to Norman times, and all within easy reach of the Caen ferry terminal at Ouistreham. Calvados is sometimes called ‘the countryside of Paris' due to the department's close proximity to the French capital. The coastal resorts offer old-fashioned glamour sporting elegant casinos and hotels founded in the 19th century. The region is also famed for the local agriculture including the cultivation of apples that are used to make cider and the famous Calvados apple brandy.