From our hotel by the sea
On the Côte de Nacre in Calvados, just 20 km from Caen and Bayeux and only three hours from Paris, our charming seaside town of Courseulles-sur-Mer fizzes with life year-round. With its lively pleasure and fishing port, its large sandy beach and its town centre full of shops, Courseulles-sur-Mer is the ideal destination for holidays for two or with families in Normandy. Go and discover the fish market that takes place daily on the port, a perfect opportunity to witness the comings and goings of numerous fishing and tourist boats.
Famous during the 18th and 19th century for its oyster farming with catches then sent directly to Paris, the economy of the region has long been centred on fishing and ship building (the Chantiers Normands Réunis shipyard was based here). Today, the pleasure port neighbouring the old oyster beds is what makes up a large part of the town’s draw. Spread across two basins, the Bassin de Joinville (at the site of the town’s former wet dock) and the Bassin de Plaisance (the pleasure basin), there are more than 750 boats here, with boaters practising sailing, sea regattas or fishing.
Courseulles-sur-Mer is also a place of remembrance. The D-Day Beaches are all close to the hotel, particularly Juno Beach, which also houses the Juno Beach Centre, a museum covering Canada’s role during World War II.
Arromanches-les-Bains, with the remnants of the artificial port conceived by the Allies, and the D-Day Museum are only a 15-minute drive away.