Arromanches, Calvados: tourism & sightseeing
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More correctly known as Arromanches-les-Bains, this coastal town is found in the Calvados department of Lower Normandy. Arromanches is a pleasant seaside town which is also famous for the part it played in the D-day landings on June 6 1944.
The town is really quite small, more of a village in fact, although summertime visitors increase the population substantially.
Remains of the Mulberry Harbour can still be seen at Arromanches with a couple of the concrete harbours on the beach and another line of them to be seen in the sea. It sounds a bit grim but really it is quite evocative and eerie.
The beach is a lovely long stretch of golden sand and the town has a pleasant, lively atmosphere and there are plenty of bars, hotels and restaurants to make this a good holiday base, although the landing sites remain one of the key attractions to this area.
Beyond the main beach, which is in the centre of Arromanches, there is a long line of high white cliffs.
The other historic monument in the centre of Arromanches is the Church of Saint-Peter, built in the 1860's to replace an earlier church that had become too small for the growing numbers of people attracted to the resort.
Normandy landings in Arromanches
Arromanches was in the forefront of the Normandy landings after its beach, designated Gold Beach during the operations, was one of the beaches selected to receive the man-made landing harbours, known as the Mulberry Harbours*, during the invasion of France that would lead to the end of the Second World War.
*Historical note: the other beach selected was Omaha Beach near St Laurent sur Mer. The harbours were designed such that they could be floated across the English Channel to act as a temporary harbour for the D-Day Landings.
There are two attractions in Arromanches dedicated to the town's role in the Normandy landings:
- a museum with information about Operation Overlord and the Mulberry Harbour and a lot of WWII weaponry - you will see other related objects such as a tank elsewhere in the town.
- a 360° cinema with nine screens together showing the film «Le Prix de la Liberté». The film contains archive footage of the D-Day landings and immerses the visitor in a recreation of the experience.
The best view across the town and beach is from the hill to the east of Arromanches centre, so we suggest you allow time to climb the hill.
Nearby to Arromanches les Bains are the Normandy landing beaches of Omaha, Juno and Utah as well as a number of Allied war memorials and cemeteries. Arromanches is also close to Bayeux and its famous tapestry.
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Address: Arromanches-les-Bains, Ryes, Bayeux, Calvados, Normandy, 14117, France || GPS: latitude 49.34, longitude -0.621112
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Jardins du château de Brécy: remarkable garden (8 km)
- Prieuré de Saint Gabriel Brécy (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy): religious monument (8 km)
- Bayeux: secteur sauvegarde (9 km)
- Cathédrale Notre Dame (Bayeux): religious monument (9 km)
- Eglise de Saint Pierre (Rucqueville): religious monument (10 km)
- Prieuré (Saint-Gabriel-Brecy): religious monument (10 km)
- Plantbessin: remarkable garden (20 km)
- Jardin des plantes de Caen: site of natural beauty (25 km)
- Abbaye de Caen (Caen): religious monument (26 km)
- Forêt de Cerisy: site of natural beauty (26 km)
- Prairie (Caen): site of natural beauty (26 km)
- Pegasus Bridge: site of natural beauty (27 km)
The French version of this page is at Arromanches (Francais)