"Arromanches-les-Bains" Arromanches-les-Bains by vichatherly
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We visited this small town as our first stop of our tour of the Normandy D-Day beaches. We took our time to explore Gold beach, where you can still get a close up view of part of the famous Mulberry Harbour. These huge harbours made the beachhead D-Day landings such a success.
The principal purpose of the trip was to visit the World War II beaches of Normandy. The beaches cover an area of over 60 miles and so we based ourselves in Bayeux, which put us in a fantastic central location.
We packed into our short stay the following villages and towns Arromanches-les-Bains for Gold beach and the Mulberry Harbour, Sainte-Mère-Église for the church, Utah beach and the US Airborne museum, Maisy for the batteries at Maisy and Pointe du Hoc, Colleville-sur-Mer for Omaha beach and the American Cemetery, Courseulles-sur-Mer for Juno beach, Bénouville for Pegasus Bridge and the Memorial Museum, Ouistreham for Sword beach, Merville-Franceville-Plage for the gun battery and Ranville for the CWGC Cemetery.
Arromanches was liberated on the first afternoon of D-Day 6th June 1944, by the 1st Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment (British Army).
It has a D-Day Landing museum by the beach which tells in great detail the story of the Mulberry harbours. Another place to visit would be the 360 degree cinema on top of the hill.
We stayed for the afternoon and had lunch at one of the many small restaurants dotted around the town and then headed off to our B&B in Bayeux
Gold Beach at Arromanches gives you an incredible feeling of history. This is because of the enormous remains of the Mulberry Harbour and the piers that still remain at the site.
There were two transportable harbours, each the size of Dover harbour.
They were brought across the channel and were situated here at Gold beach and also at Omaha. The harbour at Omaha was destroyed by storm only thirteen days after D-day but the one here at Arromanches survived.
- Pros:Excellent start to any D-Day Beach tour
- In a nutshell:More than just the Mulberry Harbour
The idea of the Mulberry harbours is said to have originated from no lesser than Sir Winston Churchill. Piers for use... more travel advice
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