D-Day Beaches, small ports and large cliffs: Discover the most beautiful panoramas of the Normandy Coast

The Normandy region has a lot to offer visitors. Mont-Saint-Michel is the region's most famous landmark, but the rest of the region is just as much a must-see. If you're spending a weekend in Normandy, don't miss the emblematic sites of the Normandy coast. From cliffs and beaches steeped in history to timeless Deauville, you won't be disappointed!

Paysage des falaises d'Etretat, Côte normande, France

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The majestic cliffs of Etretat

Etretat is a popular holiday destination, whatever the season. The world-famous white chalk cliffs of Etretat offer breathtaking scenery. They have inspired artists such as Courbet, Monet, Matisse and Maurice Leblanc, creator of the famous Arsène Lupin!

Falaises d'Etretat au coucher du soleil, Normandie, France

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Enjoy the panoramic views as you climb to the top of the Amont cliff, either by car or on foot along the seafront. At the top, you'll find the Notre Dame de la Garde chapel and the Etretat Heritage Museum, where you can learn all about the town's history.

Numerous small paths can be taken along the cliffs to reach the sea, making for long, beautiful walks in the countryside.

Deauville, the Hollywood made in Normandy

Deauville is Normandy'sbest-known seaside resort. Grand hotels and boutiques, villas, racecourse, casino and thalassotherapy... Popular with tourists from all over the world, Deauville represents luxury and prestige.

In Deauville, don't miss the not-to-be-missed Promenade des Planches, lined with bathing cubicles bearing the names of American stars.

Cabane de plage aux Planches à Deauville, Normandie

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The D-Day landing beaches

They may not be the most beautiful, but they have left their mark on history. The D-Day landing beaches represent the darkest years of the 20th century, as dramatic as they were glorious. From the Côte de Nacre to the beginning of the Cotentin peninsula, each beach and its memorial tells a story, the story of the Second World War.

Plage du débarquement à Arromanches-les-bains, Normandie

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At Arromanches-les-Bains, you will find the remains of the reinforced concrete floating caissons used to build the artificial harbour, as well as a museum retracing the history of the artificial harbour and the key moments of the D-Day landings.

The little fishing port of Barfleur

Barfleur is a charming little village, where it's pleasant to linger. Its small fishing port is one of the most picturesque in the region. Visit the town, its granite houses and its unusual church.

Petit port de Barfleur, Normandie

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Enjoy sea-view restaurants while sampling Barfleur's famous and delicious mussels. Legend has it that the ship that took William of Normandy to Hastings in 1066 was built here!

⭐ Where to sleep?

Hotel le P'tit Beaumont Deauville

Hotel le P'tit Beaumont

Hotel le P'tit Beaumont is located in Beaumont-en-Auge, Normandy, just 10 km from Deauville and the beach. You can relax on the hotel terrace or in the garden.
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