Unmissable sites in Normandy
Close to the D-Day Beaches
Close to the Côte Fleurie, the Côte de Nacre with its lovely sandy beaches was the site of the largest military operation of all time – the Allied landings in 1944. These beaches on Normandy’s coast have entered History with a capital H. Today, many come here to visit and pay homage to the thousands of soldiers who liberated France.
Sword Beach in Ouistreham, the nearest beach to our hotel (50 minutes), was chosen as the site of the 70th anniversary ceremony to commemorate the landings in 2014. It houses the Bunker Museum of the Atlantic Wall, which presents a reconstruction of what existed in 1944, and the Franco-British N°4 Commando Museum, dedicated to the French and British forces in Colleville-sur-Orne, to the capture of Ouistreham Casino by the French commandos (Kieffer) and the Battle of Normandy.
A bit further away is Juno Beach where the Canadians landed; don’t miss the Centre Juno Beach here. At Gold Beach, the sector located at the centre of the landing area, you can see remnants of the artificial port of Arromanches; be sure to visit the D-Day Museum and the Arromanches 360 circular-vision cinema. Around Omaha Beach, dubbed Bloody Omaha due to the vast number of American troops who died here, don’t miss the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, the Memorial Museum and the Overlord Museum. Near Omaha Beach is Utah Beach, and between these two is the Pointe du Hoc, a strategic point on the Atlantic Wall, which is a must-visit amid the D-Day Beaches of Normandy (just 1 hour 20 minutes from our hotel).