The most beautiful beaches of Normandy

From a natural and historical point of view, Normandy has a unique heritage. The remains of the D-Day landings abound along the Calvados coast and the Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches are true open-air museums reminiscent of the greatest amphibious and airborne operation of all time. In addition to these long sandy beaches, the region also shelters, along its high cliffs with singular silhouettes, stretches of pebbles forming an enchanting setting open to the English Channel. From Calvados to the English Channel via the Seine-Maritime, here is our selection of the most beautiful beaches of the Normandy coast

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The beach of Étretat, nugget of the Alabaster Coast

There are a thousand reasons to go to Etretat. Apart from the Clos-Lupin where the spirit of Arsène Lupin still reigns and its pretty pebble beach where it is good to linger when the sun is shining, it is of course for its stunning cliffs of Upstream and Downstream and their respective arches that this town of Seine-Maritime is so successful! You can also admire its Aiguille, a marvel of nature that has inspired so many artists

The Chausey islands, a Norman archipelago

Did you know these Norman islands? The creeks of the Chausey archipelago are worth the detour. Located 17 kilometres off the coast of Granville, this archipelago has 365 islets at low tide, and 52 at high tide. Protected and totally pedestrian, one discovers along these islands a splendid landscape which evolves at the rhythm of the tides. A pleasant feeling of being at the end of the world where only the sound of the waves breaks the ambient calm

Cabourg beach, mythical

No need to present Cabourg, its casino, its Grand Hotel and its promenade dedicated to Marcel Proust who was particularly fond of this Norman seaside resort. The long sandy beach is in the heart of the city. One comes here to bask in the sun, to fly one's kite or, when the tide is low, to fish for shrimp. A beach where elegance and tradition are combined. At sunset, it is not uncommon to see a few riders accompanied by their faithful horses trotting

The beach of the booty, treasure of Honfleur

In Calvados, Honfleur has been the city of artists since the 19th century: Monet, Dufy or Boudin have called on the quays of its port. Even today, people still flock there to enjoy the pretty colours of its half-timbered houses, but also its beach, where you can cool off after a long visit. Located at the entrance of the city, the beach of the Butin is quite busy during the summer period. For more tranquility, prefer the beach of Vasouy, less than 5 km in the direction of Trouville

Omaha Beach, a historic site

To visit Normandy is to explore its historical sites, such as the D-Day landing beaches. Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah are open-air museums bearing witness to one of the greatest events of the 20th century. Omaha Beach, the "bloody" one, is today sadly famous for the high number of allied soldiers who perished on its sand. Not far from the beach, the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer is one of the main places of memory of this battle

Deauville beach, the chic resort

The simple evocation of Deauville reminds us of its famous Promenade des Planches, its American film festival, but also its casino and luxury boutiques. It is the chic seaside resort par excellence on the Côte Fleurie. Its beach, where the famous parasols and colourful cabins reign supreme, is the ideal place to find a little peace and quiet, especially since it is always seen in its best light since it is cleaned daily during the summer season

The beach of Sciotot at Les Pieux, Cotentin peninsula

The beach of Sciotot, in the English Channel, extends from Cap de Flamanville to Cap du Rozel. From the top of its coastline, the plunging view of the sea offers a real postcard setting. The beach is very busy in the summer, but is still pleasant because it is quite large. A real paradise for kite and sand yacht enthusiasts, the beach of Sciototot is also appreciated by surfers who come to tame the waves of the English Channel

The beach of Petit-Ailly, swimming in Varengeville-sur-Mer

In Seine-Maritime, Varengeville-sur-Mer was the refuge of many artists such as Claude Monet, Georges Braque or Guy de Maupassant. Its Petit-Ailly beach is particularly inspiring! Its large pebble beach reveals a tongue of sand at low tide. The beach can be accessed through a valley, a descent towards the sea built directly into the cliff. A real red carpet!

Quiberville beach, to the rhythm of the tides

Still in Seine-Maritime, the pebble beach of Quiberville reveals a long stretch of sand at low tide. At the same time, fishermen on foot pick up grey shrimps, periwinkles and stranded mussels. Embedded in the high cliffs of the Alabaster Coast, the Quiberville beach reveals a sumptuous landscape. You will discover the maritime and rural land of the Seine-Maritime, between countryside and coast

The beach of Fécamp, the authentic charm

While Fécamp is well known for its port from which sailors set sail in the 16th century to fish for cod off the coast of Newfoundland, the town is also home to a long pebble beach that is very pleasant during the summer. It stretches from the casino to the marina and enjoys sunshine all day long thanks to its westerly orientation. In Fécamp, you can also visit the 19th century Benedictine palace, where the Benedictine liqueur is produced and now exported all over the world

Barneville-Carteret, from beach to beach

There are several beaches in Barneville-Carteret, in the Manche. Among them, Barneville beach is the most frequented and Carteret beach is the most pleasant for families when, at ebb tide, small ponds are created in which children swim quietly. But our favourite beach is the beach of the old church, which can be reached on foot from the beach of Carteret, only at low tide. Wilder and much less crowded, it is a real pearl

The beach of Antifer, a wild getaway

Antifer beach is one of the most beautiful and wildest of the Normandy coast. Surrounded by the famous cliffs of Étretat, it is located in the communes of Le Tilleul and La Poterie-Cap-d'Antifer in Seine-Maritime. To get there, you take a path from the forest to the sea. It then leads to this lovely pebble beach where time seems to have stopped. It is the ideal place to enjoy the quiet beauty of Normandy

Ouistreham beach, the "beautiful shore"

Although the well-named Ouistreham-Riva Bella, in Calvados, owes its name to the first "Belle Rive" villa that was built there, its beach does indeed look like a riva bella. With its 3 km of fine sand, it offers a beautiful relaxing area where it is good to walk even during the summer period. Rather windy, Ouistreham beach is also the ideal place to practice windsurfing, sand yachting or kitesurfing

The beach of Trouville-sur-Mer, Norman elegance

Only the Touques River separates Trouville-sur-Mer from Deauville, so we find there the same rather chic atmosphere reinforced by the presence of beautiful Second Empire seaside villas. Trouville is one of the oldest seaside resorts in Normandy, its large beach stretches over 1,200 m and has been immortalized by many artists including Charles Mazin who is responsible for the city's tourist boom

The beach of Dieppe, pebbles and shellfish

Dieppe, the oldest seaside resort in Normandy, unveils a long beach of pebbles that have fallen straight off the cliffs and been shaped by the tides, just a stone's throw from its town centre. So bring shoes to move around on the beach! This 1,500-metre stretch, which is very popular in summer, is dominated by the town's castle, from which there is a beautiful view of the English Channel. At the end of the beach, you can admire the ferries heading towards England

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