"Merville-Franceville Plage" Merville-Franceville-Plage by ranger49

Merville-Franceville-Plage Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 38 photos

A seaside resort with an important history.

Today Merville-Franceville Plage is a busy little seaside resort.
Its long sandy beaches make it an ideal destination for family holidays, and for lovers of nature, bird watchers and walkers.
It looks neat and tidy with beautiful floral displays everywhere.
In the the village you will find a good range of small shops – butchers and charcuterie, bakers and patisserie, a fish shop, pharmacy, newsagent, a few clothes shops, a book and antiques shop.
Also in the middle of the village a small but well stocked Shoppi supermarket.

Something here for everyone

The neatly organised, large car parks bordered by flowers along the sea front give you some idea of the number of visitors who arrive in high season and at times of Remembrance of the momentous events that took place here in the summer of 1944, resulting in the Liberation of France.
In the surrounding coast and countryside there are several camp grounds catering for tourists as well as hotels and numerous self catering properties.

Then and now.

The Battery at Merville was at the eastern most end of the Landings beaches and is sometimes overlooked by those researching WW2 history. It was in order to visit the site and museum that we chose to spend a few days "at the seaside" here in Merville

We soon discovered that the town has attractions of its own as well as making a good base from which to explore not only WW2 but also the historic coastal resorts. These were established when the benefits of sea bathing and sea air were “discovered” in the late 19th century.
All along the coast you can see examples of the grand houses, tiny beach huts, and hotelsthat attracted rich Parisiennes and the famous of that era.
Marcel Proust and other writers and artists were here.
Now you can follow in their footsteps.

  • Last visit to Merville-Franceville-Plage: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated Sep 22, 2010
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Another great page! So much here that I would like to see and do. The sound & light show sounds good, and really would like to be there when the festival was on!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    I had to laugh at your cheese market tip - Sue has given me the old 'what for' too! Loved the tips on the museum tour and the Battery. That coastal walk you mention sounds very interesting. You can't go far wrong at the coast on a sunny day!

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    You had some good weather for your adventure across the Channe,must have been an eerie kind of feeling for your husband to see the photo of his school chum included in the museum exhibit.Had to laugh at the name of the Dakota..reminded me of where I work!

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