Ouistreham is not only the ferry terminal where people embark for England, it is also a fishing port animated every day by its fish market, a family seaside resort. In the heart of Normandy and Calvados, on the Côte de Nacre, Ouistreham-Riva-Bella was born from the sea and the river. This double belonging has always influenced its destiny. Its geographical situation made it a guard post that had to guarantee the security of the region by defending the mouth of the Orne. It was here that the village was established, on a hill overlooking the river. In the 11th and 12th centuries, after the conquest of England by William the Conqueror, the village benefited from the prosperity of the Duchy of Normandy. In the 13th century, Normandy became part of the kingdom of France. The following centuries were troubled by numerous wars with England and the village often resumed its role as a sentinel. In the 19th century, after the First Empire, these rivalries calmed down with the construction of the canal between Caen and the sea, giving Ouistreham a new impetus by creating the Port district. Today, the town continues to grow, turned towards the land and open to the sea.

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