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D-Day landing beaches

Dive deep into the heart of history during your camping holiday on the Côte de Nacre in Normandy! In Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer you’ll be on the front line to explore the D-Day landing beaches, a true open-air museum on the shores of the English Channel. From Ouistreham in the Calvados to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on the Cotentin peninsula, your route will be steeped in history as you journey back to the largest battle fought during the Second World War.
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Your holiday rental just a step away from the D-Day landing beaches

This summer, make a date with history during your camping holiday on the Côte de Nacre! From the seaside resort of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, also known as the “Queen of Iodine”, picturesque beach huts dating back to the Belle Époque, 19th century villas and the history-rich Normandy coast all combine to provide the perfect backdrop to your family outings. On your Sandaya campsite in the Calvados, enjoy a holiday steeped in all the charm of yesteryear for a complete change of scenery! Even without leaving the campsite you can enjoy a wide range of activities for a wonderful breath of fresh air with all the family: tree-top adventure course, archery, table tennis, climbing, multisports grounds... Plus the free children’s clubs for your little campers! In the heart of summer, enjoy a refreshing break at the campsite’s large water park: swimming in the river-lagoon, a diving competition in the outdoor pools, aquagym lessons in the covered and heated swimming pool or a sliding championship on the waterslides. To each their favourite playground! As evening draws in, make the most of the tranquillity of your mobile home or settle yourself in the comfort of your tent or campervan. A good night’s sleep awaits you before setting off to visit the famous D-Day landing beaches in Normandy!

Visit the D-Day landing beaches

On 6 June 1944, the allied forces who had come to liberate France landed in Normandy, at the price of incredibly high losses. Today, more than 70 years after the Landings, D-Day is still ever-present on these now peaceful shores with their many remains and memorials: American cemetery, bunkers and guns stand as constant reminders of that hard-fought battle. Whether for a day or a weekend, set off to explore the 5 landing beaches as you put together your own history tour. On the pale fine sand of the Channel coast, live an unforgettable experience heavy with history and emotion!

The history of the D-Day landing beaches

During your excursions to explore the 5 D-Day landing beaches, let the museums and historical monuments recount the fascinating story of the battle, one that marked the beginning of a long struggle and finally ended in victory for the allied forces. In 1943 the Americans, British and Canadians began to prepare the plan known as Overlord, a vast operation to beat the German army. It was on the coast of Normandy that it was most vulnerable, it was therefore on these beaches that the Allies chose to land on the morning of 6 June 1944, under the leadership of General Dwight Eisenhower, future American president.

Touring the D-Day landing beaches

Setting off from your Sandaya campsite on the Côte de Nacre, we suggest beginning your visit to the D-Day beaches at Ouistreham. Just 10 minutes east of your mobile home your route will take you to Sword Beach where the 70th anniversary of the landings was commemorated. Then head west to discover Juno Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer and a museum totally dedicated to the Canadian forces. Another 20 minutes and you’ll reach Gold Beach at Arromanches and its D-Day Landing Museum, followed by Omaha Beach at the very edge of the Calvados. Discover the American cemetery, the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum and the Overlord Museum: unmissable steps on your historical tour! Finally, having passed the Pointe du Hoc, you’ll arrive at Utah Beach chosen by the Americans for its easy access to Cherbourg. Here again the D-Day Landing Museum will explain the details of that fateful day in June 1944. An authentic American bomber takes the starring role amongst the many other exhibits on display.

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