The courses of the different races of the D-Day Landings Marathon go through 17 towns without which the event could not exist. Do not hesitate to visit these towns during your stay, each of which are appealing and have a story to tell. 

Courseulles sur Mer


 
 
Courseulles-sur-Mer, the well-being resort! A marina and a fishing port, Courseulles is an exceptional place for culture, leisure activities, sport and relaxation and is sought out by the lovers of water sports thanks to its beaches and its sailing school. Situated in between Caen and Bayeux, Courseulles is also a tourist and historical centre of the Juno sector. You will be able to discover all the appeal and the liveliness of our family seaside resort, through this website.

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Bernières sur Mer


 
 
Situated twenty minutes from Caen, the regional capital and a university city, and thirty minutes from the Ouistreham ferry service, Bernières-sur-mer offers walkers two and a half kilometres of shore, bordered by a dune ridge to the west, a seafront promenade which runs alongside the town and by a cliff to the east. When the sea is at low tide, a sandy foreshore, rocks and islets can be discovered which will delight fishermen on foot. 

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Saint-Aubin sur Mer


 
Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is a town which is dedicated to the sea and offers tourists a friendly site which is in bloom. It is a lively town, enriched by its community life and the quality of the summer activities on offer.
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Langrune sur Mer

 

 
 
Langrune sur Mer is a typical village where it is enjoyable to live. Neither the turmoil of the D-Day Landings nor that of modernity has been able to spoil the tranquillity of the resort. Nicknamed “the beach for children” as it is safe for both young and old alike, the village prides itself on ensuring that its visitors remain in good health thanks to its sea air and the invigorating sensation provided by sea bathing. This is a resort which is favourable to beach leisure activities and lazing around which will meet the expectations of many visitors.
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Luc sur Mer

 

 
 
Luc-sur-Mer is a friendly resort which has 3,230 inhabitants known as "Lutins" (imps). Its tourist trade began in the middle of the 19th century, when our town was competing against Dieppe for the title as the leading seaside resort of the English Channel. Tourism has been developed over the decades and more than 100 years ago, a casino and a thalassotherapy centre were built on the dunes of the “Petit Enfer”, along a seashore promenade overlooking the sea.
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Lion sur Mer

 

 
 
 
During the 19th century, many inhabitants of Caen came for a Sunday outing to the beach of Lion-sur-Mer to admire the wonderful scenery. The fashion for swimming in the sea transformed this seaside resort into a “Little America” where magnificent houses were built on the seafront where visitors came to rest and relax. You will discover the pleasures of the sea and its low tides allowing visitors to go fishing on foot and collect shells and shellfish on the rocks of Lion-sur-Mer.
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Hermanville sur Mer

 

 
 
 
Hermanville-sur-Mer is a family seaside resort which is particularly attached to culture and is enriched with an outstanding historical past. Long walks on the seafront will allow you to discover the treasures of its civil architecture, including “La Bleuette” designed by the renowned architect Hector Guimard. You will also be able to admire the church with its 13th century chancel, its 12th bell tower and its altarpiece which is a listed building. The beach called “Sword Beach” was one of the landmarks of the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944. 
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Colleville Montgomery

 

 
 
 
The town of Colleville-Montgomery blessed with wonderful variety and welcoming natural spaces. All these exceptional natural spaces can be discovered during walks and hikes. To help you, there is a guidebook "Paths of the Côte de Nacre" and its hinterland which offers a great many aspects of the natural and historical heritage of the townships of Ouistreham and Dover. Moreover, throughout the summer, are organized nature excursions to discover the riches of these spaces with qualified guides.
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Ouistreham

 

 
 
 
Ouistreham was a fishing and farming village which was also associated with the maritime trade. The port of Ouistreham developed thanks to the extraction and the exportation of Caen stone. At the beginning of the 20th century, the seaside resort developed around the luxury villas and leisure facilities: the thalassotherapy centre and the casino of Ouistreham.
During the Second World War, Ouistreham was occupied by German troops and the casino was used a watch point since it overlooked the beach. On 6 June 1944, this watch point became a strategic place and its capture allowed the landing spot to be built on Sword Beach.
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Bénouville


 
 
In order to meet the requirements of the growth in traffic, in 1857 a turning bridge replaced the boat which went from Caen canal to the sea. In 1935, this bridge was replaced by a bascule bridge thus allowing ships of 5 to 6,000 tons to pass through. During the night of 5 to 6 June 1944, the British troops landed using gliders, to prevent a possible German counter offensive on the east side of the landings. They belonged to the 6th Airborne Division of which the emblem was Pegasus, the winged horse. This is where the name “Pegasus Bridge” came from which was given to Bénouville Bridge after the war.
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Blainville sur Orne

 

 
 
 
The town of Blainville is divided in two by the maritime canal and the four-lane road which links Caen to Ouistreham, one of the most frequented main roads of the county. It is made up of a marshy area and an industrial zone in the east and the town which is perched on the sides of a limestone plateau in the west. In addition to this brief description of the town’s features, the “Porte Colbert” must not be overlooked, a historical monument which bears witness to a part of our town’s rich history. 

Biéville-Beuville

 

 
 
 
Situated half way between Caen the regional capital, and the sea, Biéville-Beuville is a village with 2,516 inhabitants. Its new houses, each one more attractive than the next, are joined to the former local village centre and have allowed Biéville and Beuville to be linked together to form a single village for more than fifteen years. A stream passes through the village. The many small wooded areas provide a pleasant environment for its inhabitants.
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Périers-sur-le-Dan

 

 
Périers-sur-le-Dan is sheltered in a valley which is crossed by Le Dan, a meandering stream, part of which flows underground. Its church (8th – 13th century), is one of the oldest ones in the region, and became a listed building in 1914. Major restoration work has been undertaken since the beginning of the 1980s.  

Mathieu


 
 
The fertile soil, the proximity to the coast and Le Dan waterway have encouraged people to come and settle here for a long time.
Mathieu’s architectural heritage bears witness to this: the 12th century church, with its remarkable interior design and stained-glass windows, the castles, the manor, the many old or more recent estates, etc. Several renowned men were born or have lived in Mathieu: Augustin Fresnel, Guillaume Rouelle, Jean Marot and Alexandre Bigot are the most well known ones.
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Cambes en Plaine

 

 
 
 
To the north of Caen, heading for the sea, Cambes-en-Plaine is already in the countryside! The town, of which the existence was first mentioned in the 10th century, was greatly influenced by the life of the castle. The area has some sown pastures for cattle and farmers rent some plots alongside the River Orne. The butter which is produced there is easily sold at the markers in Caen. In the 19th century, a factory which extracted the alcohol from beetroot was set up there, which was then sent to Le Havre. Some wonderful visits await you in Cambes-en-Plaine, where you will be able to admire a pigeon loft, the church, the British cemetery and the General Harris public garden, which was inaugurated on 7 June 2003.
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Epron

 

 
 
 
Épron, the radio village, was given this name when it was rebuilt in 1945 thanks to a support action supervised by R.T.F. It is situated 5 minutes from the centre of Caen, by taking the northern exit heading for the sea, which is just 7 kilometres away.
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Caen


 
 
Caen is situated less than 15 km from the Lower Normandy coast and provides its inhabitants with a lifestyle of an exceptional quality: a marina in the heart of the city, more than 500 hectares of parks and gardens as well as remarkable architectural heritage. The age-old city, created by William the Conqueror attracts visitors from around the world who come to discover its ducal castle and its Romanesque abbeys. Without forgetting the Memorial for Peace, which has made Normandy, with the D-Day Landing beaches one of the landmarks of history and a reminder of the Second World War. The city centre boasts many shops and is surrounded by attractive districts making it a place where life is enjoyable.
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