Coast & D-Day Beaches
Channel by ferry from Brighton and
Dover is an area full of history and culture. It also
offers plentiful opportunities for rest and recreation on some of
Europe’s best beaches.
the coast and up the rivers of northern France began in the fourth
decade of the ninth
century. Seven decades later, in the year 911, a viking
armada attacked, conquered and remained in the region that came to be
them: Normandy. Of course, however interesting the Viking era and
Conquest might be, for many the region is somewhat better known
for its later history: the D-Day invasion of Allied forces in
interest in both ancient and recent historical events, however, our
main focus here is in the sheer beauty of this coastal region and
the fact that it’s a prime destination for travel and
recreation. There’s much to see and do on the Normandy coast which
is not included in these pages, but here are some highlights:
crossing via ferry or Channel Tunnel or driving south from
Belgium will arrive first at Calais
in the Departement of Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
With a local dialect of Dutch spoken as well as French, the area is
one of the country's most culturally diverse.
Tréport is an old city that has nonetheless
remained small in both population and area, retaining
much of its classic character. This is where Haute-Normandie
(the modern Departement of Somme) and the Côte
d'Albâtre, or Alabaster Coast, begin.
a favorite destination of the British,
is home to sea-front hotels, harbor-side restaurants and ancient
stone architecture. On a cliff overlooking town is a 15th-century
castle, today housing a museum with a vast collection of carved ivory
and other art.
Dover-like white cliffs is weathered
and eroded by wind and ocean waves into the likeness of an elephant
which appears to be drinking from the sea. You can check into a
Hôtel La Résidence and stroll on a beach beside the famous cliffs.
Beach was the name given to the broad (when the tide is out)
beach that stretches from Ouistreham on the eastern
end to Luc-sur-Mer
on the west. The small commune may lack interesting architecture but is
spot for a beach vacation.
town of mostly modern
architecture beside an excellent sandy beach. Those interested in tanks
and WWII momuments will find much to appreciate here.
Apart from that, it’s an excellent choice for a vacation spot.
Beach, as it was
known on D-Day, is located at the commune
The caissons have weathered the decades fairly well and now serve as a
habitat for mussels and other
shellfish, which are harvested during low tides by the locals.
located on the border between Normandy and
Brittany at the mouth of Couesnon River, is an island surrounded by
mudflats or water depending on the tide. It definitely lives up to its
hype, worth putting on your itinerary if you’re in the area.