"A short visit to the coast" Lion-sur-Mer by ranger49

Lion-sur-Mer Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 20 photos

So much still to discover in France

A strike at the museum we had planned to visit that day meant a last minute change of plan. The sun was shining so a visit to the seaside was quickly decided upon and Lion sur Mer - at the western edge of Sword Beach was closest.
We had not been there since September 1986 and had then gone specially with a relative to see the place where her husband, then aged only 19, had landed on June 6 1944.
It was a horribly wet and cold day, rather like it had been on the day of the landings and we had not spent any time exploring the village.

I did not expect to find this neat and pretty seaside resort but as we discovered some of its ancient, and more recent, history I was struck by the thought that the whole of this area, this country is like a living museum.
There is always something new to discover but the one constant are those iconic images - so traditionally and typically French.

L'Eglise de St. Pierre de Lion

Although this church was founded in the 11th century the original building has undergone many rebuilds and renovations so that a number of different architectiral styles can be seen here.
The only survivor of those 11th century builders is the amazing four-square tower with open arches on each of its three storeys.
At the top there is a platform from which panoramic views of the sea and coast can be obtained - if you feel up to ascending the narrow. spiral stairway to the top!

A useful source of local information

This small kiosk functions as the information office and has a very good selection of leaflets about points of interest in the town and in the surrounding area.
It was thanks to these we found several points of interest not mentioned in the Guide books we had with us - so much for Green Michelin, petit futé and the Rough Guide!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:More than a pleasant seaside resort
  • Cons:None that we found
  • In a nutshell:Well worth a visit!
  • Last visit to Lion-sur-Mer: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    Thanks for a new nice page. Reading your pages and tips I realize how many places in my neighbour country I've never been!

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    Aug 31, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Nice page! Love the look on the gargoyles faces!


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