The idea of the Mulberry harbours is said to have originated from no lesser than Sir Winston Churchill.Piers for use on beaches - They must float up and down with the tide. The anchor problem must be mastered. Let me have the best solution. Don't argue the matter. The difficulties will argue for themselves.Two harbours were designed and constructed...more
If you are here it is likely that you have an interest in the momentous events of June 1944. If so you should visit the Museum. It was the first memorial/commerorative facility of its type to open - almost exactly 10 years to the day after D-Day - on June 5th 1954. Looked a bit tired on my first visit in 1985 but was given a complete updating in...more
I had heard of this cinema but assumed it was just a funky way of showing a film about the D-Day Landings and that we would almost certainly have seen the footage many times before. But on a dull Sunday afternoon in early October John thought it would make a good short visit. I discovered how wrong my assumptions were....I knew from pictures that...more
This is a very obvious thing to do but if you have arrived in Arromanches-le-Bains because of an interest in its history it is a small way in which you may begin to imagine, to feel for yourself something of the awe that the events that took place here evoke.On my first visit, on a day not unlike that stormy day of June 6 1944, I was accompanied by...more
Assault time 07:25The weather was really rough on the morning of 6th June 1944 when the British, 50th Northumbrian Division landed on the beachLeading Formations8th Armoured Brigade DD Tanks6th Battalion, The Green Howards5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment1st Battalion, Dorset Regiment1st Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment.Objective of the...more
This cinema is situated on the top of the hill and shows a moving film called "The Price of Freedom". The film is projected onto 9 screens and you find yourself totally drawn into it.It's well worth a visit.The Arromanches 360 Circular Theater is open 7/7. A show at 10 past and 40 past each hourmore
The nice little church of Arromanches is dedicated to St. Pierre, protecting of fishermen. It was built between 1857 and 1870 in the Neo-Romanic style replacing the church of 13th century, too small for a city of fishermen that became a sea resort. The stained glasses of the church remind the events of the landing of the II World War.more
The museum of the disembark, situated in the center of the vilalge, explains very well the logistic and strategic position of Port Winston. Inside it you can see many heirlooms, weapons, letters and other left by the soldiers of both the factions. Outside there are some interesting vehicles.more
Though the turbulent days of 1944 actually only are just a small timespan in history, the village of Arromaches is overwhelmed by what happened here. No wonder, as the imprtance of these events to the present day and future. Still, maybe also stand still to what the Arromanches people see every day between a tourist invasions and commerce that are...more
On the boulevard of Arromanches, looking over the bay and the parts of the Mulberry port that still lay in the sea, stands the Musee du Debarquement (Museum of Disembarkment). It gives a thurrow view into the Mulberry port and under which circumstances it was built and operated. First the battle and after that autumn storms, endangered the place...more
All over the village you can find commemoration stones, smaller or bigger monuments and placques telling stories that happened in a particular spot. Thus the events of June 1944 live on in the middle of the always busy streets, filled with tourist that sometimes in a rush pass by without noticing a story that shouldn't be forgotten. Even when in a...more
On the top of the hill of Arromanches there is a statue of the Lady to remember the victims of the Second War World. Near it there is Arromanches 360° which is a cinema that shows onto nine screens the movie “The Price of Freedom”. It was made interweaving archive footing of the 1944 Landings with images of present-day Normandy.more
The harbour consists of 146 large thick cases of cement transported from England and absorbed to form a semicircular dike to which some afloat bridges were anchored. In the three months after to the D-Day from this harbour disembarked 2.5 million of men, 4 tons of equipment and 400000 vehicles. To appreciate completely the harbour I suggest to see...more
We stopped at this restaurant on the recommendation of our tour driver. What a wonderful place it was! For 21 Euros, we each had a 3 course meal. Example: Oysters ( one dozen, beautiful!), then Coquilles St. Jacques,( one of the better known French classics, is a dish of creamed scallops and mushrooms in a Swiss Cheese and wine Mornay Sauce.)...more
Facing the sea with inside and outside tables the Hotel de Normandie serves excellent food, and the staff are very courteous and friendly I had Moule Normandie et Frites, the mussels (500g of them!) arrived in a pan and were excellent, I was absolutely stuffed by the time I had finished, they were far too good to leave !more
Most people visit not only Arromaches, but the many places along the D-day landings beaches of Normandy and therefore travel here by car. This indeed is the easiest and most flexibel way of transportation during your visit. However, there are also busses connected the villages and other important places of the battlefields. The frequency however is not high and it will take much more time to scheduel a route along the various beaches here. A solution to this might be one of the many heritage tours that are offered by the Normandy Tourist Associations. On of the more experienced organisations is the "Battlebus" (see URL).
I thought this might be a Transportation Tip - but not really!
Do look out for less usual ways to arrive and get around -you will see buses, mini-buses, motor bike and cycles, taxis and private cars.
But you may see many other means of transport.
I have selected only a couple of extras seen on a late Sunday afternoon at the beginning of October.
During the summer period Arromanches becomes a very fashion town and to find a car park became very complicated. I can suggest to go around the town by car untill you find a park lot,
The town of Arromanches is also a place in which you can relax yourself. The beach is nice but not very great. It is not rare to see people that having sunbath or swimming among the rests of the harbour.
Now a little history:
Arromanches was not one of the landing beaches of D-day. It was to strong fortified by the Nazi's. Hostilities started with heavy bombarding on the 6th of June at 3.00 hours. Over land the allied forces came in from other beaches and it took 16 hours before the village was secured. Only six houses in Arromaches were left unharmed.
Immediately after Arromanches was transfered to a Mulberry port as the British had recognised this location to be more or less suitable for this necessary item in the conquering of Normandy and liberation of Europe. In front of the bay a large dam was built from concrete blocks, measuring 70 meters in length and 20 meters in hight. In the now sheltered bay floating kays and piers were built to make it possible for ships to start unloading equipment, food and other supplies.
Fondest memory: The images and intens feelings during the Arromanches 360 film.