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The Cœur de Nacre destination, in Normandy
Courseulles-sur-Mer, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Luc-sur-Mer, Douvres-la-Delivrande… discover 12 towns and seaside resorts between land and sea.
Bordered by long sandy beaches and punctuated by small authentic villages, the Cœur de Nacre destination offers visitors all the beauty of Normandy.
With its 12km of coastline, on the Cote de Nacre, Cœur de Nacre is dotted with five seaside resorts : Courseulles-sur-Mer, Bernières-sur-Mer, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Langrune-sur-Mer and Luc-sur-Mer ; three of which are classified as “Tourist resorts”, and one of which has a fishing port and a fish market.
A real open-air museum, the history of the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 can be discovered with emotion on all the landing beaches of the Canadian Juno (from Graye-sur-Mer to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer) and British Sword (from Luc-sur-Mer to Ouistreham Riva Bella) sectors. The remains of the Atlantic Wall are still visible. The outdoor exhibition Dans leurs Pas (In Their Footsteps) presents the testimonies of those (civilians and soldiers) who lived through 6 June 1944.
A few kilometres from the coast, the small typical villages are nestled in the Seulles valley and in the Capricieuse valley. Walking paths cross these villages of character, such as Reviers, Anisy or Douvres-la-Délivrande, surrounded by green countryside. They can be discovered on foot, by bike or on horseback.
The 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
In 2024, Normandy will commemorate and celebrate the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
The whole of Normandy will be called upon to honor the memory of these events and of the men and women who came from all over the world to liberate us.
Town halls and event organisers prepare ceremonies and festivities.
Canadien Remembrance Route
Credit : Juno Beach Centre
From the trenches in the First World War to the Dieppe Raid in 1942 and the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, the Remembrance Route and its memorial sites pay tribute to the 500,000 Canadian soldiers who fought to free the French on two occasions during the 20th century. Normandy and the Hauts-de-France are forever marked by the traces of fierce fighting. As we visit these emotional places, we remember the Canadians, our cousins from across the Atlantic, who made a decisive contribution to the Allied forces in both world wars.
Major events 2024
Credit : Séverine Frères-Calvados Attractivité
- D-Day Festival Normandy, landing beaches
- 80th anniversary of the D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
- Garden Festival, Courseulles-sur-Mer
- Commemorative sailing day “la berniéraise”, Bernières-sur-Mer
- Tribute Fest, Luc-sur-Mer
- Fish festival, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer
- Electronic music evening, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer
- Côte de Nacre Classic music festival
- Sea festival, Courseulles-sur-Mer
- Acadian Week Festival, Courseulles-sur-Mer
- Parade of decorated floats, Langrune-sur-Mer
- Saoticot festival (street arts), Langrune-sur-Mer
- Medieval festival, Douvres-la-Délivrande
- Heritage days
- Scallop festival, Courseulles-sur-Mer
- Christmas markets