With its 2 kilometre long pedestrian seawall, its small white beach huts and its restaurants just a stone's throw from the sea, Bernières-sur-Mer is an ideal beach for families with children.
This fine sandy beach on the Côte de Nacre is a haven of peace for holidaymakers looking for tranquillity and simple activities: sandcastles, swimming, picnics and fishing are the four main activities!
From a coefficient of 90, fishing on foot becomes a real pleasure at Bernières-sur-Mer, which benefits from a rocky plain favourable to the development of shellfish and crustaceans.
The small seaside resort of Bernières-sur-Mer is part of the Canadian Juno Beach sector of the D-Day landing beaches.
The eastern part of the beach extends to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. Along this coastline, you will discover some visits of the Atlantic Wall as well as the famous Maison des Canadiens, the first house in France liberated by sea on 6 June 1944. It appears in many films about the Normandy landings.
The western part of the beach, towards Courseulles-sur-Mer, has a wild aspect, with the Marais du Platon, a protected natural area. This 6-hectare meadow, which runs along a dune belt, is a very pleasant place to walk. It is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species.
Supervised swimming :
- between the Cale du Platon and the Place du Canada,
- Period and time of surveillance of the beach (subject to change by the S.N.S.M.): July and August. Lifeguards are present at the lifeguard station from 11.30am. Effective supervision of the bathing area from 1pm to 6pm. Except on 14/07 and 15/08: effective supervision of the bathing area from 1pm to 6.30pm.
Installed in July and August, in front of the first aid post.
- to the right of the first aid post
- rue Victor Tesnière, next to the boulodrome
Bicycle access is allowed in July and August before 10am and after 7pm between the Cale du Platon and the Place du Canada. The rest of the year, bicycles are allowed without time restrictions.
Bernières-sur-Mer is on the Vélomaritime route. This 1,500 km cycle route from Roscoff to Dunkirk crosses legendary sites such as the D-Day landing beaches, Mont-Saint-Michel and the cliffs of Etretat.
Access for people with disabilities:
The beach bathing area of Bernières-sur-Mer is marked Tourism and Handicap for three types of disability: motor, mental and auditory. The beach is secured to welcome the public in all safety and serenity, with 3 slopes fitted out towards the beach. An adapted changing room, the HANDYMER room, is available free of charge from July to September, on reservation: with shower, WC, changing area with medical bed, rest chair as well as microwave and refrigerator. A Tiralo, a Hippocampe, a trolley and a wheelchair are also available on request. Location: on the sea wall, near the first aid post. Access is via North Nova Scotia Highlanders Square. GPS coordinates N: 49 20' 6'' W: 0 25'27''. PRM parking. Reception on site organised on your arrival.
Contact for booking the premises: M. BRIAS on 02 31 96 45 47.
Our friends the dogs:
Outside of the supervised swimming areas, on the rest of the beach, whatever the level of the tide, the presence of dogs on a lead is tolerated. Remember to bring a bag for dog excrement!
Horses are only allowed on the beach if they are on the foreshore (the area of the beach between high and low tide) beyond the northern end of the groynes, away from all bathers, walkers and fishermen.
The transit of horses within the prohibited area, to connect the land area to the authorised beach area, shall be carried out as perpendicular to the shore as possible. Horses must not be on the promenade under any circumstances, except to cross it by means of a lane, on its edges in front of and behind the beach huts.
- Beach cabins
- Animals welcome
- Motor handicap
- Hearing handicap
- Mental handicap