Staying in one of our charming seaside resorts of Courseulles-sur-Mer, Bernières-sur-Mer, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and Luc-sur-Mer will allow you to discover all the riches of our region.

Bordered by long sandy beaches and punctuated by small authentic villages, the Cœur de Nacre destination offers visitors all the beauty of Normandy.

Cœur de Nacre is ideally located in Normandy.
This means you can visit the must-see places in a day: the D-Day beaches, Etretat, Caen, Rouen, Deauville, Bayeux…

With its 12 km of coastline on the Côte de Nacre, Cœur de Nacre is dotted with 5 seaside resorts, one of which, Courseulles-sur-Mer, boasts a fishing port and fish market.

A veritable open-air museum, the story of June 6, 1944 can be discovered with emotion on all the D-Day beaches in the Canadian Juno sector (from Graye sur Mer to Saint Aubin sur Mer) and the British Sword sector (from Luc sur Mer to Ouistreham).

The remains of the Atlantic Wall are still visible.

Museums, military cemeteries and numerous headstones bear witness to the events of D-Day.

Just a few kilometers from the coast, the typical stone villages of Creully nestle in the Seulles valley and the Capricieuse valley.

Hiking trails criss-cross these characterful villages, such as Reviers, Anisy or Douvres la Délivrande, surrounded by lush green countryside.

They can be discovered on foot, by bike or on horseback.

Cœur de Nacre ideally located in Calvados

carte departement calvados

The 12 communes of Cœur de Nacre, between Caen and Bayeux

carte plan destination terres de nacre

Detailed presentation of the destination’s communes :

How to get to the Cœur de Nacre :

Access :

By air
Caen-Carpiquet Airport (20 km)
Tél. +33 (0)2 31 71 20 10

By boat
Car Ferries from England with Brittany Ferries
Ouistreham ferry terminal (20 km)
Tél. +33 (0)2 31 36 36 36

By train
Caen train station
Tél. +33(0) 892 35 35 35 (€0.34/min)

By bus
Line 101 from Caen or Line 121 from Bayeux.

Stationnement bus :

All year round, except during school vacations, near the Sailing School – Place du Docteur Lerosey.

During school vacations, the bus must be parked near Collège Quintefeuille – 10 rue du Val Pican.

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By car
2h30 from Paris on the A13 (250 km)
On the Caen ring road, direction: Caen centre – Porte d’Angleterre – CHR Exit n°5 Douvres-la-Délivrande – CHU – Courseulles-sur-Mer

Car rental

  • From Caen train station: Sixt offers car rental with or without driver from Caen train station and Caen-Carpiquet airport:

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  • From Douvres-la-Délivrande : Hyper U, Voie des Alliés , short or long term car rental.

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