The courses of the different races of the D-Day Landings Marathon go through 17 towns without which the event couldn't exist. Don't hesitate to visit these towns during your stay, each of which are appealing and have a story to tell. 

Courseulles sur Mer

 Courseulles-sur-Mer, the well-being resort! With a marina and a fishing port, Courseulles is an exceptional place for culture, leisure activities, sport and relaxation and is sought out by the lovers of water sports thanks to its beaches and its sailing school. Situated between Caen and Bayeux, Courseulles is also a touristic and historical centre of the Juno sector. You will be able to discover all the appeal and the liveliness of our family seaside resort, through this website.


Bernières sur Mer

Situated twenty minutes from Caen, the regional capital and a university city, and thirty minutes away from the Ouistreham ferry service, Bernières-sur-mer offers walkers two and a half kilometres of shore, bordered by a dune ridge to the west, a seafront promenade which runs alongside the town and by a cliff to the east. When the sea is at low tide, a sandy foreshore, rocks and islets can be discovered which delight fishermen on foot. 


Saint-Aubin sur Mer

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is a town which is dedicated to the sea and offers tourists a friendly site surrounded by flowers. It is a lively town, enriched by its community life and the quality of the summer activities.

Langrune sur Mer

Langrune sur Mer is a typical village where it is enjoyable to live. Neither the turmoil of the D-Day Landings nor that of modernity has been able to spoil the tranquillity of the resort. Nicknamed “the beach for children” as it is safe for both young and old alike, the village prides itself on ensuring that its visitors remain in good health thanks to its sea air and the invigorating sensation provided by sea bathing. This is a resort favourable to beach leisure activities and lazing around which will meet the expectations of many visitors.

Luc sur Mer

Luc-sur-Mer is a friendly resort which has 3,230 inhabitants known as "Lutins" (imps). Tourism became one of the city's leading economic sectors in the middle of the 19th century, when the town was competing against Dieppe for the title as the leading seaside resort of the English Channel. Tourism has been developed over the decades and more than 100 years ago, a casino and a thalassotherapy centre were built on the dunes of the “Petit Enfer”, along a seashore promenade overlooking the sea.

Lion sur Mer

During the 19th century, many inhabitants of Caen came for a Sunday outing to the beach of Lion-sur-Mer to admire the wonderful scenery. The fashion for swimming in the sea transformed this seaside resort into a “Little America”, magnificent houses were built on the seafront where visitors came to rest and relax. You will discover the pleasures of the sea and its low tides allowing visitors to go fishing on foot and collect shells and shellfish on the rocks of Lion-sur-Mer.

Hermanville sur Mer

Hermanville-sur-Mer is a family seaside resort which is particularly attached to culture and is enriched with an outstanding historical past. Long walks on the seafront will allow you to discover the treasures of its civil architecture, including “La Bleuette” designed by the renowned architect Hector Guimard. You'll also be able to admire the church with its 13th century chancel, its 12th century bell tower and its altarpiece, listed historical monument. The beach called “Sword Beach” was one of the landmarks of the D-Day Landings on June 6th, 1944. 

Colleville Montgomery

The town of Colleville-Montgomery welcomes you with wonderful variety and welcoming natural spaces. All these exceptional natural spaces can be discovered during walks and hikes. Discover them all with the guidebook "Paths of the Côte de Nacre" and its hinterland which offers a great many aspects of the natural and historical heritage of the townships of Ouistreham and Dover. Moreover, throughout the summer, nature excursions are organized to discover the riches of these spaces with qualified guides.


Ouistreham was a fishing and farming village which was also associated with the maritime trade. The port of Ouistreham developed thanks to the extraction and the exportation of Caen stone. At the beginning of the 20th century, the seaside resort developed around the luxury villas and leisure facilities: the thalassotherapy centre and the casino of Ouistreham.
During the Second World War, Ouistreham was occupied by German troops and the casino was used as watch point since it overlooked the beach. On June 6th, 1944, this watch point became a strategic place and its capture allowed the landing spot to be built on Sword Beach.


In order to meet the requirements of the growth in traffic, in 1857 a turning bridge replaced the boat which went from Caen canal to the sea. In 1935, this bridge was replaced by a bascule bridge thus allowing ships of 5 to 6,000 tons to pass through. During the night of June 5th to 6th, 1944, British troops landed using gliders, to prevent a possible German counter offensive on the east side of the landings. They belonged to the 6th Airborne Division of which the emblem was Pegasus, the winged horse. This is where the name “Pegasus Bridge” came from which was given to Bénouville Bridge after the war.

Blainville sur Orne

The town of Blainville is divided in two by the maritime canal and the four-lane road which links Caen to Ouistreham, one of the most frequented main roads of the county. It's made up of a marshy area and an industrial zone in the east and the town in the west, perched on the sides of a limestone plateau. In addition to this brief description of the town’s features, don't forget to take a look to the “Porte Colbert”, a historical monument which bears witness to a part of this town’s rich history. 


Situated half way between Caen the regional capital, and the sea, Biéville-Beuville is a village with 2,516 inhabitants. Its new houses, each one more attractive than the next, are joined to the former local village centre and have allowed Biéville and Beuville to be linked together to form a single village for more than fifteen years. A stream passes through the village. The many small wooded areas provide a pleasant environment for its inhabitants.

Périers sur le Dan

Périers-sur-le-Dan is sheltered in a valley which is crossed by Le Dan, a meandering stream, part of which flows underground. Its church (8th – 13th century), is one of the oldest ones in the region, and became a listed historical monument in 1914. Major restoration work has been undertaken since the beginning of the 1980s.  


The fertile soil, the proximity to the coast and Le Dan waterway have encouraged people to come and settle here for a long time.
Mathieu’s architectural heritage bears witness to this: a 12th century church, with its remarkable interior design and stained-glass windows, castles, a manor, many old or more recent estates, etc. Several renowned men were born or have lived in Mathieu: Augustin Fresnel, Guillaume Rouelle, Jean Marot and Alexandre Bigot are the most well known ones.

Cambes en Plaine

To the north of Caen, heading for the sea, Cambes-en-Plaine is already in the countryside! The town, of which the existence was first mentioned in the 10th century, was greatly influenced by the life of the castle. The area has some sown pastures for cattle and farmers rent some plots alongside the river Orne. The butter which is produced there is easily sold at the markets in Caen. In the 19th century, a factory which extracted the alcohol from beetroot was set up there, which was then sent to Le Havre. Some wonderful visits await you in Cambes-en-Plaine, where you'll be able to admire a pigeon loft, the church, the British cemetery and the General Harris public garden, inaugurated on June 7th, 2003.


Épron, the radio village, was given this name when it was rebuilt in 1945 thanks to a support action supervised by R.T.F. (Radiodiffusion-télévision française). It's situated 5 minutes from the centre of Caen, by taking the northern exit heading for the sea, which is just 7 kilometres away.


Caen is situated less than 15 km from the Normandy coast and provides its inhabitants with a lifestyle of an exceptional quality: a marina in the heart of the city, more than 500 hectares of parks and gardens as well as remarkable architectural heritage. The age-old city, created by William the Conqueror attracts visitors from around the world who come to discover its ducal castle and its Romanesque abbeys. Without forgetting the Memorial for Peace, which has made Normandy, with the D-Day Landing beaches one of the landmarks of history and a reminder of the Second World War. The city centre boasts many shops and is surrounded by attractive districts making it a place where life is enjoyable.