The best known Normandy Beaches are D Day Beaches. They made history through June 6th 1944 D Day landing, the turning point of WW2. They are too nice sand beaches easily accessible from Paris. The Normandy coast features too famous seaside resorts such as Deauville and Cabourg. A perfect destination for a trip. Famous places in France.
D Day beaches in Normandy are 250km from Paris by A13 (locate D-Day Beaches on Normandy beaches map). You can drive to D Day Beaches from Paris on your own in a long day. If you can, stay overnight near D Day Beaches.
If you have just one day, go on a Normandy tour from Paris as this will be simpler, more relaxing and interesting.
D Day Beaches main sights are Pointe du Hoc, the Colleville American Cemetery, and Arromanches. If you have more time, visit the Caen Memorial.
The D-Day Beaches region is quite lovely. We also recommend you to visit the city of Bayeux and its famous tapestry, the city of Caen and the lovely Beuvron village. Don't miss the food in Normandy which is excellent. Many restaurants are quite affordable.
Omaha Beach Museum: located on Omaha Beach where the American naval landing took place on June 6, founded in memory of all those young men who died in 1944.
Utah Beach Museum: Admire an original B26 bomber, one of only six remaining examples of this airplane still in existence worldwide, and relive the epic experience of American soldiers.
Arromanches: world famous for its artificial harbor.
Pegasus Bridge Memorial; Pegasus bridge was a major objective of the British airborne troops on D Day.
Caen Memorial: the largest museum on D Day landing and the Second World War.
Normandy American Cemetery: 172.5 acres with the graves of 9.386 of military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D Day landings and ensuing operations.
Deutsche Friedhof von La Cambe: 21.222 soldiers are buried in the largest German Cemetery in Normandy.
On June 6, 1944, 160 000 Allied Troops landed on a 50 mile stretch of fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy.
The commander in chief of the troops, General Eisenhower, called D-Day a crusade in which «we will accept nothing less than full victory».
More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircrafts supported the D-Day invasion. By D-Day's end, the Allies had gained a foot-hold in Normandy.
The cost of D Day was high with more than 9 000 soldiers killed or wounded. Allied forces that saw combat on D Day came from Canada, the UK, the USA and France. Polish forces joined a few weeks later.
There were contingents from Australia, Belgium, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Greece, the Netherlands.
France and Europe will never forget all those who fell in combat to free their countries from the Nazis.
The most famous beaches in Normandy are D Day Beaches. These beaches still attract many visitors, and are very attractive beaches in their own right, but a great deal of the coast of Normandy has noteworthy seaside resorts. Ahead of Cabourg, Houlgate and Trouville, Deauville oozes style. Glamorous events abound, from prestigious horse races and polo to the annual Deauville American Film Festival. Golf and thalassotherapy abound. Enjoy the elegant hotels, boutiques and restaurants, not forgetting Deauville’s greatest pull, its magnificent beach.
We specially love the Grand Hotel in Cabourg. This prestigious 5-star hotel, where writer Marcel Proust once lived, is located directly on the seafront in Cabourg. It offers stylish guestrooms, some with views of the sea, a gourmet restaurant, a bar and access to a private beach. Guest rooms at Le Grand Hotel Cabourg are elegantly decorated and some feature a fireplace. Each en suite bathroom offers luxury toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. A Grand Buffet with music is served each morning at Le Grand Hotel Cabourg. The restaurant, Le Balbec, offers a panoramic view of the sea and serves gourmet seafood and regional dishes.