Its name is of interest to lovers of strong strong drink, but Calvados the department is another thing again. The land of William the Conqueror and home of the D-day landings, its rich past is ever present. Bayeux, Arromanches or Caen, the town of 100 bell towers, are here to bear witness to it. Peaceful countryside and seaside resorts with a good reputation add to the charm of the department. If property in Calvados appears expensive on the coast, it is more reasonable further inland. So depending on your taste and your budget, you will have plenty of choice: a barn to renovate around Vire, a character house in Livarot, an apartment in Deauville, or a lovely country house near Honfleur, which so inspired the impressionists.