Updated on 19 October 2020
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Green way from Caen to Ouistreham (Vélo Francette cycle route)
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Fine sandy beach with waters often ‘A’ quality classified. The seafront environment, as the village centre, has been rewarded 5 times over with the European blue flag.
This beach was one of the theatres of the D-Day Landings on the 6th of June 1944.
The most easterly of the D-Day Landing Beaches, Sword Beach is the codename given to those stretching from Colleville-Montgomery to Ouistreham Riva-Bella. It is the only beach upon which French troops landed on D-Day.
Led by Commandant Kieffer, 177 French soldiers from the 1e Bataillon de Fusiliers Marins Commandos, landed on Sword Beach along with British troops on the 6th of June 1944.
The French commando liberated part of Riva-Bella, whereas the British troops were in charge of the east beach sector and Ouistreham’s harbour and town centre.
In Ouistreham Riva-Bella, on the long fine sandy beach, bathers rub shoulders with water sports enthusiasts (sailing, seakayaking, land yachting, stand-up paddling) in specially reserved sectors, a range of activities are on offer to all.
To discover Calvados, from Caen to the sea, at your own pace and in the great outdoors - there’s no better choice than by bike!
At the Tourist Office, we offer you brand new cycles for hire on a full or half-day basis.
A cheque or banker’s card details will be requested as a deposit for all cycle hires.
3.6 m x 1.10m scale model. Landing site and recapture of the casino by the French commandos (Kieffer). Unaccompanied tour time: 50 minutes. Video on the German invasion in 1940, Free France, the liberation of Ouistreham and of Normandy.
The Ouistreham racing circuit welcomes adults and children aged 7 years up (minimum height 1.2m) to its go-karting track. A special track with mini electric cars is also available for children aged 4 up.
You can also hire cycles and tandems, or go for a quadricycle tour.
The Pegasus Memorial Museum, located between Caen and the sea, tells the story of when the very first liberators from the British 6th Airborne Division landed on Norman soil on the night of the 5th to the 6th of June 1944. Period documents, films and objects. Guided tours of the museum, of Pegasus Bridge and of the reproduction of a WWII glider. Guided tour in French or English lasts: 1h30.
Novelty: you can now access all museum information on your smartphone via QR Codes on the panels inside the museum grounds.
Available in 10 languages: French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish and Czech.