Occasionally, rain or heavy clouds make an appearance in the Normandy sky.
Don’t panic! To stay dry until the downpour passes, here are a few ideas for indoor activities and visits.
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Discover the history of the Second World War
The Juno Beach Centre at Courseulles-sur-Mer
Crédit : Ph. Delval
Canada’s only museum on the D-Day landing beaches, telling the story of Canadian civilians and soldiers during the Second World War.
Discover their story through two moving films, touch-screen terminals and interactive tools, as well as period objects.
Accompanied by a Canadian guide, you can also discover Juno Beach, the remains of the Atlantic Wall and visit a bunker.
All sheltered under a thick concrete roof.
La Station Radar 44, Douvres-la-Délivrande
Housed in the former German detection station, two refurbished period bunkers provide an insight into the Atlantic Wall, the history of radar and the daily lives of German soldiers.
Just a stone’s throw from the D-Day landing beaches, this museum is the only authentic Luftwaffe air detection station.
This station is part of the fortifications of the Atlantic Wall, a defense system built by the Germans during the Second World War.
The museum offers immersion in 2 converted bunkers and 9 underground rooms, complemented by two films.
Treat yourself to an afternoon of well-being at the Luc…
Are you planning a romantic getaway in the Coeur de Nacre?
In case of gloomy weather, enjoy a relaxing moment alone or with your partner!
With its breathtaking view of the beach, the 3 worlds thalasso in Luc-sur-Mer offers 3 areas:
seawater whirlpool pool, traditional oriental hammam and Japanese baths in a Zen atmosphere unique to Normandy.
- A little extra: treatments based on fresh Luc-sur-Mer seaweed.
The Aquanacre aquatic center in Douvres-la-Délivrande also features a wellness area with sauna, hammam and heated bench.
Visit a Loire château lost in Normandy
Crédit : Sabina Lorkin
Set in a large green park, this château in Fontaine-Henry impresses with its highest roofs in France, exceptional architecture and richly decorated interiors.
Listed as a Monument Historique in 1924, the Château was built as early as the 13th century and has been constantly embellished ever since.
It has never been sold and has been handed down from generation to generation, from its foundation by the de Tilly family to the current owner, the Marquis d’Oilliamson.
credit: © Sabina Lorkin @anibasphotography
Discover the world of whales
The whale is the pride of Luc-sur-Mer.
During the night of January 14 to 15, 1885, a 40-ton, 19-meter-long whale ran aground on the shores of the Côte de Nacre, at a spot known as the Brèche du Moulin.
His skeleton is now on display in the pretty, flower-filled grounds of the Hôtel de Ville.
Discover the history of this cetacean with a free visit to the Maison de la Baleine.
An area with stories and anecdotes about whales, and a memorandum on whale hunting and protection.
Here you can watch a film retracing the history of Luc’s whale.
Nota bene: The Maison de la Baleine is now home to the Luc-sur-Mer tourist office.
Discover Lalique’s work
Credit : F. Dupont
This chapel in Douvres-la-Délivrande contains one of the first monumental expressions of glass slabs, an architectural technique pioneered by René Lalique.
During your visit, you’ll discover a large translucent crucifix, symbolizing Fidelity, three stained glass windows in the apse, an altarpiece, a tabernacle door, illuminated columns and a sanctuary lamp.
Also on display: Alix Aymé’s Stations of the Cross on lacquer (1948), the 15th station designed by lacquer master Isabelle Emmerique (2014) and its marquetry support designed by Marie Collino (2015); the gisant-reliquaire of Saint Florida (wax restored in 2015 by Stéphanie Duboc).
Know-how: handcrafted umbrellas
Visit H2o Parapluies in Crépon, which has been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label.
Here, every umbrella is handmade in the workshop.
Come and discover this ancestral know-how through a guided tour.
This summer, every Friday at 2.15pm, the H2O team is offering a guided tour of the different stages in umbrella manufacture.
- Visit limited to 25 people,
- 45 minutes,
- 5€/person, free for children under 12.
A sheltered ride at Courseulles-sur-Mer
Crédit : F. Dupont
For three generations, the Tabaud family has been brightening up the faces of the little ones.
For as long as anyone in Courseull has known the Paradis des Enfants.
Indeed, the beautiful wooden merry-go-round celebrates its 100th anniversary this year!
- Place de Gaulle
- 2.50€ per ticket, 10€ 8 tickets
- Open every day in season from 10 a.m.
A night at the casino
Slot machines, English roulette, Black Jack tables, restaurant… try out the two Cœur de Nacre casinos: the JOA casino in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and the Tranchant casino in Luc-sur-Mer.
Gambling carries risks: debt, addiction… Call (0033) 09 74 75 13 13 (toll-free).
The 8 trails are accessible from size 30.
Also on site: pool tables, video games…
Going to the cinema
The Cœur de Nacre cinemas offer a varied program for the whole family.
Check out the programs at Cinéma de la gare in Courseulles-sur-Mer, CinéNacre in Douvres-la-Délivrande, JOA Casino in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and Drakkar in Luc-sur-Mer.