Visiting Normandy Landing Beaches
The Normandy landing beaches are found in the Normandy region of northern France. They are the site of the World War Two D-Day landings in 1944, where Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy to successfully liberate France. These beaches now have a number cemeteries, museums and memorials that attract many visitors each year. Key sites include Omaha beach, Pointe du Hoc (the site of the D-Day battle) and the American Cemetery at Saint Laurent. Beautiful Normandy is also well worth seeing on its own terms and is famous for its white cliffs, stunning landscapes and iconic landmarks such as the Mont-Saint-Michel island abbey. There are also various cities, towns and villages on the banks of the Seine that are well worth exploring, including Rouen, Honfleur and Giverny.
Where to stay in Normandy Landing Beaches
You have a number of areas to choose from when deciding which of the various hotels in Normandy landing beaches to stay in. The Allies selected this 60-mile stretch of the Normandy coast due to its flat sands and also because of the surprise element of their choice. They divided it into five segments which they named Sword beach, Juno beach, Gold beach, Omaha beach and Utah beach, so you could choose to stay in any one of these historic segments (note that these names are not official beach names). Juno beach stretched from the village of Courseulles to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Sword beach ran from Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer to the ferry port of Ouistreham, Gold beach went from Port-en-Bessin to La Riviere, while Omaha beach was east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to the west of Vierville-sur-Mer, on the right banks of the Douve river estuary. Finally, Utah beach was the name given to the western landing sector on the Cotentin peninsula (otherwise known as the Cherbourg peninsula). When choosing which Normandy landings beaches hotel to stay in, you may want to consider one of these historic areas and their associated villages or towns.
Accommodation choices in Normandy Landing Beaches
The various hotels in Normandy landing beaches offer accommodation to suit a range of budgets. There are many good Normandy landing beaches hotels, from luxury accommodation to guesthouses to B&Bs, so you are spoiled for choice. For 5 star luxury, choose Le Grand Hotel Cabourg - MGallery by Sofitel. Based in the chic 19th century resort of Cabourg, this impressive beach-front hotel is within convenient distance of the Normandy landing beaches. Facilities include a restaurant, two lounge bars and satellite TV. A mid-price choice is the D-Day Aviators guesthouse, within three miles of Gold beach. The guesthouse has World War Two aviation-style decor and includes kitchenettes in every room, plus Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The 3 star Junogite apartments are another mid-price option within three miles of Juno beach. The apartments are based in an 18th century building in the historical district of the town of Bernieres-sur-Mer. Facilities include Wi-Fi, satellite TV and free parking. For a budget option, consider Hotel L'Ecailler in Ouistreham, the location of Sword beach. The hotel has two restaurants, a lounge bar and flatscreen TVs in every room.
What to do during your stay in Normandy Landing Beaches
The famed 60-mile stretch of Normandy landing beaches have a number of key landmarks that should not be missed. These include Omaha beach, where you can still spot the remains of German bunkers, pus the Les Braves sculpture that commemorates the bravery of the American allied forces. Near to the beach is the Musee Memorial d'Omaha Beach and the Overlord Museum which includes displays of tanks. Other key sites include the Memorial de Caen, a war museum that commemorates the battle in that area, the American Cemetery at Saint Laurent, the Canadian Memorial at Juno beach, and the artificial port of Arromanches that the Allies managed to build in just two weeks.
As well as the Normandy landing beaches, there are many other attractions in Normandy to enjoy. These include the medieval city of Rouen on the Seine, which includes the famous Rouen Cathedral, the coastal farming town of Etretat, known for its stunning white cliffs, Giverney, the village that served as inspiration for paintings by Monet, and Honfleur, a pretty harbour town on the Seine estuary. It’s also worth seeing the world-renowned Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the Norman Conquest and can be found in the town of Bayeux. Finally, the iconic island abbey on Mont-Saint-Michel is totally unmissable.
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