Normandy's coast attracts vacationers who come to enjoy its picturesque coastline and villages and pay to homage to the role of Caen and its surrounding beaches in world history. Since June 6, 1944, the beaches of Normandy will forever be associated with the D-Day invasion that marked a turning point in World War II. Young and old alike come to visit the Caen War Memorial. From April through October, camping is an economical and practical way to explore the Caen area.
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Les Hautes Coutures Campsite
Les Hautes Coutures Campsite is open to the general public but caters directly to ferry passengers from Portsmouth, England. It accommodates check-in and checkout times to coordinate with the ferry schedule. The campsite is just a few minutes away from Caen's port and the Pegasus Bridge. Waterslides and a jacuzzi grace the pool complex and aquatic park. A miniature golf course, tennis and volleyball courts, petanque courts and children's play area provide additional family activities. A track leads cyclists to Caen and to the port of Ouistreham, with its many bars and restaurants. Campground amenities include laundry facilities, cold water showers, toilets and Internet access. Guests choose between mobile home rentals and grassy areas for tent, camper or caravan camping.
Camping Les Ammonites
Auberville's location between Caen and the seaside resorts of Deauville and Honfleur, puts its Camping Les Ammonites a short drive from all the area sites. Mobile home campsites hold two to six people and are open from April through mid-October. Campers with their own vehicles can pay to use hot showers and electric hookups. Les Ammonites' amenities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, a game room, petanque courts, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and on-site bakery and restaurant.
Camping L'Escapade welcomes guests to its mobile home and tent campsite. The heated swimming pool is covered and surrounded by deckchairs. Fishermen and duck lovers enjoy the on-site pond. A tennis court, petanque courts, ping-pong tables, bicycle rentals and playground offer fun for the entire family. Concerts, dances, karaoke and bingo entertain summertime guests. The 80-seat reception room can be rented for weddings, birthdays and other special events.
Camping La Cote de Nacre
Camping La Cote de Nacre occupies a private village with its own sandy beach. The pool complex boasts four water slides, a heated covered pool and an open air pool with a lazy river, whirlpool and paddling pool for the little ones. Guests can book therapeutic treatments at the spa or lounge in its Turkish bath and sauna. Summer dances for children and adults keep guests occupied into the night. Bike rentals, a labyrinth, sports facilities, video games and an ice-skating rink round out the village's recreational opportunities. Cabin rentals, tent and camper sites are all available.
Area Sightseeing and Trip Preparation
Visitors to the region may enjoy reading books or watching movies about D-Day prior to taking their camping journey. Academy-award winner "Saving Private Ryan" memorably depicts the Allied troops descending upon the landing beaches near Caen. The classic John Wayne film "The Longest Day" also recreates that historic day, and many scenes were filmed in the original locations. Books such as Stephen Ambrose's "Pegasus Bridge" and "Band of Brothers" recount D-Day and bring alive the sites in the Caen area. Besides the World War II sites, travellers will also want to consider visiting the famed Bayeux Tapestry and the city of Rouen, with its Gothic cathedral and market square, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.
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