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ARROMANCHES and the circuit of the landing beaches

To prepare for the invasion of Normandy, the British Prime Minister Churchill Whiston built the artificial harbor installed in the Arromanches Bay: 146 concrete caissons sunk to which were anchored floating bridges. Here landed more than two million of soldiers, 4 million tons of supplies and 500,000 vehicles. From the cliffs above the town, you can admire the most beautiful view of this "brilliant idea".

 

Grandcamp-Maisy (The Douet) - Arromanches - Route D514 or RN13

Distance: 35 km (D514), 42 km (RN13) - Travel time: 50 min. (D514) 40 min. (RN13).

BAYEUX

With its 68 meters of painted canvas Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most important examples of the Middle Ages: it tells the Norman conquest of England and the invasion of the England Kingdom by the Duke of Normandy William the Conqueror, which culminated in the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which finished with the conquest of this land by the Normans. Miraculously survived at the Nazi raids hidden in a Louvre's basement. So you can immerse yourself in this representation with details and very interesting photos.

Bayeux Cathedral is a perfect example of Norman Gothic architecture with a facade with five gates, a magnificent synthesis of Romanesque and Gothic styles, and many decorations on the capitals representing strange characters.

Visiting the old town, you can admire its ancient houses, old stone houses and the small bridge with the mill of the rue Saint-Martin.

 

Grandcamp-Maisy (The Douet) - Bayeux - Route RN13

Distance: 29 km - Travel time: 25 min.

CAEN

To learn all about the Normandy landings, the Caen Memorial is one of the most comprehensive and complete sections with several museums, theaters and multimedia materials, but above all it is a place that celebrates the universal peace.

The great fortress of Caen, back to the time of William the Conqueror, is impressive for its size: do not miss to walk on the ramparts to understand the new urban layout of the city and a visit to the gardens of medicinal and aromatic plants.

William the Conqueror in 1050, he married his cousin Matilda of Flanders, causing the discontent of the Pope. To repair this marriage between blood relatives, the couple promised to build a each abbey. Abbaye-aux-Hommes with its austere Romanesque style and the Abbaye-aux-Dames, more naked and simple, where he lived as Charlotte Corday, who was beheaded after stabbing Marat in 1793.

 

Grandcamp-Maisy (The Douet) - CAEN - Route RN13

Path length: 62 km - Travel time: 45 min.

 

LE MONT SAINT MICHEL

The Mont Saint-Michel's Abbey is the emblem of northern France, with its unique profile that stands out on the fine white sand caused by the tide.

This architectural marvel, built according to legend, when the Archangel Michael appeared to the bishop of Avranches, is a World Heritage Site since 1979 and every year is visited by over 3 million visitors.

Walking down the High Street and along stair 350 steps you finally reach the Abbey.

You can admire the monastery complex is with a guided tour included in the entry price.

 

Grandcamp-Maisy (The Douet) - Mont Saint-Michel - Route N174 and A84

Path length: 137 km - Travel time: 1h 35 min.