Tours of Normandy beaches involve diving into a rich history, unique culture, and memories that span over many time periods. The 360-mile coastline bordering Normandy is a huge draw for several reasons, the main being it is home to the historical D Day beaches of WWII. The landing beaches of Normandy are the biggest attraction for most tourists. They are the most important France beaches in the country and a paramount testament to the lives lost on those Normandy beaches more than five decades ago. From a topographical viewpoint, the coastline merges into lush and verdant farms, which eventually transform into bustling villages and colorful market towns.
Beyond Normandy beach tours, there are a wealth of historical attractions and landmarks to explore. They include the significant towns and cities of Bayeux, Caen, and Rouen as well as fine, gastronomic pleasures and many things to do. But the landing beaches of Normandy are where tourists will get the best picture of how WWII transformed the country and shaped it into what it is today. The most notorious amphibious military assault recorded in history played out upon a stretch of Normandy beaches from western La Madelaine to eastern Ouistreham. Five landing zones were identified by Allied military commanders. Each of these D Day beaches had a code name, created to crack through Hitler's defenses and begin the entire liberation of Western Europe and France.
One of the most important beaches of Normandy was Utah Beach, sitting along the southeast bend of the Cotentin Peninsula. American 4th Division troops landed on the Normandy beaches of Les Dunes de Varreville and La Madelaine and administered contact with 101st and 82nd paratrooper divisions, who had landed close to the small town of St Mère Eglise. This section of D Day beaches was devoid of German occupation within three weeks.
Another of the most important historical France events happened upon the beaches of Normandy called Colleville-sur-Mer, St. Laurent, and Vierville-sur-Mer, together known as Omaha Beach. Omaha has one of the most heartbreaking stories from all of the D Day beaches. A blood-soaked battle upon Omaha beach occurred when American troops were blown off course and swept into a heavily lined German stronghold. This lead to devastating losses for the Americans. The almost twenty-hour battle saw one regiment make it ashore and capture an essential roadway. The German post upon Pointe du Hoc was also knocked out, and many American soldiers were lost.
Sword Beach, Juno Beach, and Gold Beach comprise the three remaining beaches of Normandy that saw some of the greatest events in history take place. Juno Beach was taken from the Germans by the 3rd Division from Canada and after a month of bloodshed, they took Caen and liberated it on July 9th, 1944. These beaches can all be toured with a professional guide who relays all historical details along with a in depth exploration of the landmark beaches.
There are several other beaches in Normandy attractive to tourists from around the world, many with both the appeal of modern attractions combined with rich history. These include the Normandy beaches of Manche, the Seine-Maritime, and Calvados. They are perfect for family vacations and boast clean ocean water, pristine beaches, and many things to do including a host of exciting watersports. There are also numerous excellent surfing beaches of Normandy in all three regions, totaling fourteen. There are a number of France beach hotels to choose from in the area and many well-established resorts ideal for Normandy beach tours and day trips from surrounding cities.