Rouen is in a great location for visiting either by car or by public transport. If you travel from the UK and choose to arrive by car, Rouen is within easy reach of the Cross-Channel Ferry ports of Caen, Le Havre and Dieppe. The Dover to Calais link (including EuroTunnel) is only a 2.5 hour’s drive away and and may well be the most convenient route to take. Travelling in from other European destinations is equally stress-free; Rouen has its own airport with flights to all major international destinations as well as those within the rest of France. Mainline and regional trains also connect Rouen to nearby destinations in Normandy, and France’s high-speed train network TGV connect Rouen to Paris and the southern cities of Lyon and Marseille. Once arrived and settled in the Hotel Campanile ROUEN NORD - Mont Saint Aignan, you can cross the city easily on foot or by tram and bus for any harder-to-reach destinations.
Rouen’s culinary background is rich in pastry and other sweet treats. Éclairs, chouquettes, croissants, macaroons and tarte normande are all made in Rouen and should be sampled in large quantities ! Regional Normandy cuisine is arguably French cooking at its finest; the area boasts both a coastal and pastoral location and so has a wealth of fresh seafood (scallops and oysters are a particular favourite), fruits, and traditional meats such as beef and lamb to offer you. Dairy products such as cheese and butter are of a very high quality as is the cider produced from locally grown apples.
In the last weekend in May, Rouen hosts a two-day Joan of Arc festival where the centre is turned into a breath-taking medieval town complete with market and traditional craftsmen. The city also holds its own film festival each year and, as with many other European cities, a magical Christmas market (made even more charming by its cobbled streets). Whether you come in the summer or the winter, there’ll always be something to entertain you.
It’s a miracle that Rouen Cathedral is here today ! First it was destroyed in a Viking raid in the 9th Century, then it was struck by lightning in 1110. It was burnt in 1200, and struck by lightning again in 1284. The spire was also blown down in 1353. Luckily it has been beautifully restored for all visitors to enjoy.