Clécy vue partielle 01.jpg
Clécy is located in France
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Thury-Harcourt
Intercommunality Swiss Normandy
Mayor Michel Bar
Elevation 31–261 m (102–856 ft)
(avg. 80 m/260 ft)
Land area1 24.63 km2 (9.51 sq mi)
Population2 1,225  (2008)
 - Density 50 /km2 (130 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14162/ 14570
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 48°55′01″N 0°28′54″W / 48.9169°N 0.4817°W / 48.9169; -0.4817

Clécy is a French Commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.

In 1932 it was awarded the title The Capital of Swiss Normandy by the Tourism Minister Monsieur Gourdeau.



Clécy and its surroundings

Clécy is on the River Orne, in the middle of Swiss Normandy, about 35 kilometres (22 mi)s south of Caen. Covering 2,463 hectares (6,090 acres) it is the largest communne in the canton of Thury-Harcourt.

Called the "Capital of Swiss Normandy", this village owes its fame to the rugged and verdant Armorican massif, with valleys through which the Orne flows.

Plenty of outdoor activities are available: kayaking, paragliding, climbing, hill walking and mountain biking, taking advantage of the geology of Swiss Normandy.


The name "Clécy" is mentioned in 860 in the reign of Charles the Bald.

When French cantons were created, Clécy was the capital of the canton. This ceased to be the case after restructuring in 1801.

Clécy has a wealth of historical treastures: Châteaux and manor houses are spread all over Clécy and its surroundings. The Château de la Landelle is one of the oldest.

More recently, painters such as Pissaro, Moteley and Hardy have painted landscapes around Clécy.


List of Mayors
Start End Name Party Profession
1989 March 2008 Claude Hergault Independent -
March 2008 current Michel Bar Independent Farmer


Clécy had 2171 inhabitants in 1800.

Historical population of Clécy
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2008
1275 1238 1187 1197 1182 1252 1225

Its inhabitatants are called Clécyens.


  • Fromagerie Vallée (Valley Cheesemaker)


Clécy town centre
  • The Château de La Landelle is one of the oldest monuments iin the village. At its base it is in the form of a cross, originally on one floor, but was changed to two floors when the wings were reworked. In the Second World War it was occupied by the Germans.
  • Rochers des Parcs (Park rocks)
  • Pain de sucre (Sugarloaf)
  • Musée Hardy (Hardy Museum)
  • Musée du chemin de fer miniature (Museum of miniature trains)
  • Manoir de Placy (Placy Manor) (16th century)
  • Eglise St Pierre (St Paul's church) (15th century)
  • Clécy Viaduct (1866)


  • Paul-Émile Pissarro prolific landscape painter who moved to Clécy in 1936.

See also


External links

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