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Sun rises over Sword Beach's west end, at the commune of Luc-sur-Mer, Normandy Coast, France.
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The sun rises over Sword Beach’s west end, at the commune of Luc-sur-Mer, Normandy Coast, France.

Sword Beach at Luc-sur-Mer on France’s Côte-de-Nacre

Colleville Beach at the town of Luc-sur-Mer is located at the point where the beaches codenamed Sword and Juno meet.

The beach has a shallow incline and at low tide, as shown in the sunset picture above, and there’s a rather broad expanse of it going out to sea. The D-Day invasion of Normandy by British The beach at Luc-sur-Mer, France and Canadian forces which occurred here did not meet the same brutal resistance as at Gold Beach, owing to the fact that they came ashore as the tide was rising and there was relatively little beach exposure.

Today Luc-sur-Mer is an architecturally unremarkable but otherwise pleasant beach town with modestly-priced hotels facing the sea. There is a Thalassotherapy (seawater) spa, a casino, trails for hiking and biking, shellfish gathering at low tide and more — certainly the town offers a wide range of activity preferences. The beach itself is sand rather than stones as one finds down the coast at Dieppe, Ètretat and Le Tréport. Tthis fact alone makes Luc more attractive to those who are more drawn to inactivity, for instance just lying on the beach with a good book. The shallow incline of the broad beach at low tide is something to be mindful of, since the incoming tide can take a surprisingly short time to reach the seawall as shown below.

To the southeast of Luc-sur-Mer is the port city of Ouistreham, which offers ferry service to Portsmouth, England.

At high tide, there is little beach area.

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