THE D-DAY BEACHES

Colleville-sur-Mer – The American Cemetery

Omaha, Utah and Pointe du Hoc, Sword, Gold and Juno Beaches

The D-day landing beaches and related World War II sites are, unquestionably, the major points of interest for Americans visiting Normandy. The long awaited Operation Overlord, the Allied landing on Normandy coast, one of the most important events of World War II, attracts thousands of visitors year around. Thus, history buffs will want to dedicate at least three days to the Battle of Normandy sites, as they extend for some 45 miles along the Atlantic coast.

History lovers should not miss the following: the unforgettable, state-of-the art museum, Caen Peace Memorial, the lovely city of Bayeux, first-liberated and largely spared of destruction, with its soaring Gothic cathedral and 1,000 year-old, 230-feet long embroidered Tapestry that chronicles the story of the Norman conquest of England, the D-day Invasion beaches, the painfully beautiful and poignant American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, on the bluff above Omaha Beach, the remains of the amazing engineering feat of the massive Port Winston artificial harbor, “Mulberry B”, at Arromanches, ground zero for the invasion, the tragic, jagged cliffs of La Point du Hoc, bravely scaled by U.S. Army Rangers, and the German gun batteries of Longes-sur-Mer.

Next door, visitors will find the fascinating Airborne Museum housed in two parachute-shaped structures, whose collection is dedication to the aerial landings

For easy and quick access to all the WWII monuments, we advise visitors use the charming city of Bayeux as their base. Our recommended hotel: the boutique 5-star Villa Lara, in the heart of the pleasing old quarter.

We also highly encourage visitors to engage the services of one of our recommended private historian-guides or to take a full day small group minivan tour with one of our trusted D-day touring companies, whose guides are walking encyclopedias of the history of Normandy’s chapter in the war.

Travel Planning, Bespoke Travel

Exclusive Travel Planning Services by Iberian Traveler & Maribel’s Guides.  Contact Maribel to arrange a custom itinerary for your next trip to Spain, Portugal, or France.

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