Think of Normandy’s beaches and possibly the D-D landing beaches spring to mind. The beaches of Sword, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Utah are certainly a draw to visitors. Many come to pay their respects and reflect on the significant role the beaches played in the events of 1944. There is, however, much more to the Normandy coastline. It stretches from the bay at Mont St Michel, up to Cherbourg, along the D-Day landing beaches, to Le Havre, Dieppe and beyond. The Alabaster Coast which starts just north of Le Havre in Upper Normandy is characterised by the imposing white cliffs and white shingle.
The pictures above were taken along the Côte des Havres. The Harbour Coast stretches from Granville to Barneville-Carteret. As well as 8 harbours, this coast is known for its sandy and shingle beaches. There are also low dunes behind which quaint villages nestle. Some of the beaches have wide pedestrian walkways which pass in front of the seaside properties. The beaches are generally quiet. And often so quiet that you wonder why no-one else has realised how glorious they are.
Other coasts include the Cotentin (or Cherbourg) Peninsula, the Bay of Mont St Michel and the Côte Fleurie.
For those who enjoy being by the sea, Normandy’s beaches will allow you to explore and enjoy the extensive and unspoilt coastline.