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Normandy has made its mark all over the world because of D-Day. Its beaches, namely Utah, Omaha, Gold, Sword and Juno have been involved in D-Day landings during the Second World War. Apart from its historical background, these beaches also have golden sand which makes it a nice, beautiful and relaxing place to visit in France. Come on down and travel with your family to the serene and clear-skied beaches of Normandy and enjoy family bonding time along its shores.
Located thirty kilometers south of St-Vaast is the Utah Beach where the invasion by the US 4th Infantry Division landed somewhat 70 years ago during the second World War. It is situated near the port of Cherbourg and is easily accessible through Caen. Brittany Ferries even offer crossings from Portsmouth to both Cherbourg and Caen or in Ouistreham which makes it easier for tourists to visit and enjoy a relaxing day with family, a loved one of even just strolling by its shores, seeking for peaceful moments.
Similar to the previous beach and as mentioned, Gold Beach also has history on its own. It was where the protection of the second World War landings were stationed with half a million men and a quarter of a million war vehicles.The rich history in Bayeux is closely situated to the beach which would also give vacationers a chance to visit such sites easily while they are spending a nice beach time along Gold Beach.
The lengthy gold sandy beaches here are so attractive that families come here often to stage picnics while enjoying the scenery. Other activities that are enjoyed here include windsurfing perfect for adventure travelers to engage in. You may also hire a windsurf instructor at a nearby town of Arromanches.
Omaha Beach is the site of the most intense fight combats during the second world war. It is where the US 29th Infantry Division had difficulty in landing during the sixth of June 1944. Even until now, the Pointe de Hoc houses the dotted German bunkers that have traces of bullet holes visible from the cliffs. There also lies the St-Laurent Military cemetery where you can pay your respects to the heroes of history.
Composing of the beaches of Colleville-Montgomery, St-Abin and Lion-sur-Mer is the magnificent Sword Beach. It is where both the United Kingdom and French soldiers landed during D-Day last 1944. The beach stretches of gold sandy shores to the other beaches of Ouistreham where the Brittany Ferries make their ports of call from Portsmouth giving tourists a unique chance to revisit the sites that have enormous significance during the second world war.
Also known as the Canadian Beach, Juno Beach, located in between the Sword and Gold beaches mentioned above is just as beautiful to visit as its neighboring beaches. It was nicknamed as such because it’s where the third Canadian Infantry Division captured the beach on D-Day during the second world war. It reaches from St-Aubin-sur-Mer to the Courseulles-sur-Mer. It is also close to Caen/Ouistreham making it easily traveled by vacationers from the D-Day neighboring beaches such as the ones mentioned above. Due to its rich history, families come here for recreation time which also makes it the perfect spot to relive history and tell tales of the great World War II.
This next beach is the most beautiful among all the beaches in Normandy due to its beautiful dunes and sweeping sands. It is also exclusively available to visitors who wish to spend private quality time with their loved ones.
This beach is also the perfect spot to enjoy fishing, shopping, dining and doing groceries at a nearby market. It also has a yacht harbor that has three hundred moorings. Truly, the clear waters, the picturesque views of the beach and the relaxing sandy gold beaches will make your trip worthwhile.
To the farther region at the north-western part of Normandy is the Baie D’ Ecalgrain, Cap de la Hague. It is the one beach in Normandy that’s unspoiled by modern attributes making it the perfect spot for recreation and relaxation. There is also a German war bunker that’s still located here where mobile searchlight equipment were stocked by the war soldiers to aid in the gun emplacements at Auderville during the second world war. It is located just about west of Cherbourg which is part of a port of call of the Brittany Ferries that the vacationers can come aboard while traveling here.