What to see and do from Domaine de Litteau
The D-Day landing beaches in Normandy attracts visitors for its history, which is tied to the fighting that occurred between Allied forces and Germans during World World II. Fascinating remains still litter the landscape with memorials, German bunkers and gun batteries. Today you can enjoy these beautiful beaches during a quiet stroll, and immerse yourself into its history with a guide on-site.
From 26 May to 10 June 2018 is the 12th edition of the D-Day Festival Normandy offering a programme of festive events for the anniversary of the Allied Landings of 6th June 1944. More info here.
Distance to beaches:
- D-Day Landing Beaches – 18 miles / 28km
- Port-en-Bessin – 18 miles / 28km
- Arromanche – 20 miles / 32 km
Activites and places not to miss
The Notre Dame Cathedral in Bayeux is an ancient and imposing architectural moment, renowned as the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry. This cathedral has bags of rich cultural history, as it was consecrated in 1077 by William, Duke of Normandy and is the site where Harold Godwinson swore an oath and subsequently broke it, leading to the Norman conquest of England. You’ll be absolutely spellbound by the medieval murals and underground crypt here.
Mont Saint Michel
This holy abbey mount is one of the most famous sights in the whole of Normandy, and a real island of magic that will enchant all the family. Here, it is in this jaw-dropping location where vast numbers of pilgrims flocked to stay, and it was also a strategic site to keep away English forces. It really is a little town unto itself, with houses, shops, restaurants and museums encircling the abbey.
When we think of Honfleur, we think of its picturesque port. This town has been an endless muse for famous French artists such as Claude Monet, and rightly so, as it looks like an impressionistic dream with colourful facades and glittering water. What’s interesting is that its roots that go back to English history, when the French king fortified this spot to try and prevent an Anglo Saxon invasion during the Hundred Years War. Of note in this town are its maritime museum, where you’ll discover the town’s fascinating history of explorers, and Naturospace, where you can see beautiful fluttering butterflies in the largest house of its kind in France.
British War Cemetery / Bayeux War Cemetery
This site is a cemetery dedicated to the United Kingdom in recognition of the British sacrifices made during the two world wars. A lasting tribute to all those who fought, this provides visitors with a peaceful place of remembrance in pretty, tranquil surroundings.
This 1,000 year old tapestry is an embroidery, 70 metres long, celebrating the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy or as he is more commonly known, William the Conqueror. Listed as a UNESCO “Memory of the World”, it is housed in the Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, open daily, and is a must see.
Château de Falaise - Calvados
This historic castle dominates the Calvados landscape as the former home of William the Conqueror. Immerse yourself into the story behind this colossal castle through film projections, which relive what once had been during the 12th and 13th centuries.
Arromanches 360 Cinema
This panoramic cinema, perched on the Arromanches clifftops, will provide you with the chance to experience the Battle of Normandy as if you were really there through archival images. It’s another moving, pedagogic reminder for all visitors of the area’s historical significance and its impact on the world.