The first thing you see when you arrive to Arromanches-les-Bains is the great view of the beach. Then you notice some concrete structures in the water and on the beach. That’s when you start to wonder what happened here.
Those concrete structures are the remains of the German coastal fortification and of the artificial harbour built by the Allies.
On 6th June 1944, allied forces landed on this beach. Their goal? To free Western Europe from Nazi control. 25,000 British soldiers landed in Arromanches-les-Bains in one day – now that day is known as D-Day.
The harbour was built in a short time to unload the ships. If you want to relive the D-Day with a unique experience, visit the “Musée du Débarquement” or the “Cinéma Arromanches 360”.
Close to Arromanches-les-Bains there are more beaches to visit – all sharing the same history.