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Discover the Historical Heritage of Normandy’s D-Day Beaches 

By Best Western

The five Normandy landing beaches are emblematic sites, steeped in history. It was on these shores that the Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, marking the beginning of the end of the Second World War in Europe. Today, these picturesque beaches attract thousands of visitors, who come here to learn more about this historic event and pay tribute to the fallen soldiers. In the surrounding area, there are three Best Western® Hotels & Resorts offering a warm welcome in the region’s top locations: Ouistreham, Caen and Trouville. 

Let’s take a brief overview of these emblematic beaches, the scene of one of the most ambitious military operations in history: 

Utah Beach 

Utah Beach was one of the first beaches stormed by the Allies, on the morning of June 6, 1944, in order to establish a bridgehead from which to free Cherbourg and its port. More than 23,000 American soldiers took part in this titanic battle. Today, you can visit the Utah Beach Museum, which upholds the memory of these men and retraces the different stages of the offensive.  

Omaha Beach 

Omaha Beach is perhaps the most infamous beach of the landings. Remembered as “Bloody Omaha”, it was the scene of the greatest loss of life. Nearby, the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer pays tribute to the soldiers who died during the landing. A visit to this cemetery is an emotional experience, a place where people come together to remember the sacrifice of these brave men. 

Gold Beach 

This Calvados beach stretches from Asnelles to Ver-sur-Mer, and was part of the British sector. At 7.35 a.m. on June 6, 1944, almost 25,000 English soldiers landed on Gold Beach. This beach is also known for its artificial port, installed at Arromanches and put into service on June 14, 1944. Today, you can discover remnants of the operation, including bunkers and fortifications. The town of Arromanches-les-Bains, with its museum and memorial, is also an essential place for understanding the history of the British sector. 

Juno Beach 

Juno Beach was attached to the Canadian sector during the Normandy landings. In common with the other Allies, Canadian troops showed exceptional courage in their assault against an aggressive and tenacious German defense. The Juno Beach Centre, located in Courseulles-sur-Mer, is a museum dedicated to Canadian soldiers. Here you will find interactive exhibits and poignant testimonials. 

Where to Stay  

Situated in Ouistreham, 4 miles from the famous Normandy landing beaches, the Best Western La Mare Ô Poissons enjoys a prime location near Juno beach, where Canadian troops landed during the Second World War. The rooms here are spacious and elegant, and the hotel has a wide range of amenities, including an indoor pool for a refreshing break and a sauna to fully recharge your batteries. For lovers of good food, the hotel restaurant is a must. The chef showcases the delights of Normandy cuisine, using fresh, local ingredients.  

Sword Beach

Sword Beach was another important British beach during the landings. British forces came up against strong German resistance, but managed to secure this strategically vital area. Today you can visit the Pegasus Bridge Museum, which commemorates the crucial airborne operation that preceded the landings. 

To extend your stay and learn more about the Normandy Landing heroes, head to Caen! 

Located in the heart of the historic city of Caen, the Best Western Plus Le Moderne Caen offers an unforgettable stay in a contemporary and comfortable setting 15 minutes by car from the Caen Memorial and 45 minutes from the first landing beaches. A few steps from the hotel, you will discover the famous Abbey aux Hommes (Men’s Abbey) and Abbey aux Dames (Ladies’ Abbey), unmissable historical monuments, museums, shops, and lively restaurants. The spacious, elegantly furnished rooms are designed to offer the greatest comfort. Every detail has been carefully thought of to create a soothing atmosphere, ideal for relaxing after a day visiting the landing beaches. On site, the hotel restaurant is a real treat for the taste buds. The talented chef offers creative, refined cuisine, showcasing local seasonal produce. Enjoy an exceptional culinary experience in a modern and elegant setting.  

To unwind and continue your stay along the Normandy coast, head to Deauville and Trouville! 

After a trip steeped in history, its time to take things easy in Deauville, the pearl of Normandy’s Côte Fleurie (Flowery Coast), a fascinating destination not far from the D-Day beaches. This elegant seaside resort is renowned for its timeless charm, glamor, and rich historical heritage. Nicknamed the “Queen of Beaches”, Deauville is famous for its beautiful sandy sand, complete with colorful cabins and an elegant seafront. This is an ideal place to relax in the sun, stroll along the beach, or enjoy water sports such as sailing or jet skiing. The historical landing beaches are just a short drive away, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the past and pay tribute to the events that shaped the Second World War. As well as its beautiful beaches, Deauville is renowned for its elegance and style, with its Belle Époque architecture and sumptuous villas. 

Just next door, Trouville-sur-Mer, another charming coastal town on Normandy’s Flowery Coast, is known for its authentic charm, picturesque architecture, and fine sandy beach.  Popular with visitors looking for a relaxing seaside getaway, the town is home to the Best Western Plus Hostellerie du Vallon, with its typically Norman architecture. The spacious and elegantly decorated rooms offer a cozy atmosphere, perfect for relaxing after a busy day. 

The hotel boasts a range of high-end amenities to offer its guests a most pleasant stay. Spend time unwinding in our lush garden, or treat yourself to a relaxing session at the spa, equipped with a sauna, steam room and hot tub. You can also take a refreshing dip in our indoor heated pool, whatever the season. Finally, the hotel features a restaurant whose refined cuisine showcases the local produce and flavors of the region.  

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