Grandcamp Maisy Travel Guide
Newly Discovered Part of the Atlantic Wall.
For anyone interested in WW2 History the recently uncovered site at Maisy will be of particular interest. Buried and hidden for over 60 years but now being excavated and opened to the public it casts another light on the historic events of 6th June and the days that...
Memorial to crews of Heavy Bomber Command
This striking polished granite Memorial, with its cut-out of a heavy bomber of the Lancaster type, pays tribute to the crews of RAF Heavy Bomber Command and of the two Squadrons, Guyenne 346 and Tunisie 347, of the Free French Air Force who took part in the Liberation of...
US Rangers Museum
This small building is much bigger than it looks from the outside and over its two floors has gathered quite an amazing collection of memorabilia from the US Rangers and particularly that relevant to their role at Ponte de Hoc in the early days of June 1944. On the second...
Watch the boats come home!
One of the joys of Grandcamp-Maisy is that it is a real working fishing port and daily life goes on there irrespective of the comings and goings in the small marina.A fish market is held on the quay every morning of the week - including Sunday,and if you are down there early...
La Cambe German War Grave
This is the largest of the Graves in Normandy created and cared for by the German War Graves Commision.There is, on the site, an office with an excellent information room and quiet areas to sit and reflect, if not to comprehend, what this cemetery represents in terms of...
Watch out for the Peace Statue !
Actually you can't miss it! If you are driving out of Grandcamp-Maisy along Rue du Commandant Kieffer, just before the junction where it meets Route de Vierville, you will see - particularly on a sunny day an astounding sight.A gleaming, colossal, winged figure of a woman,...
Visit the Church of the Fisherman
The Church of Notre Dame is also known locally as the Fisherman's Church.Here, not only are the lives of dozens of local fishermen and women commemorated on simple wall plaques but a series of beautifully designed stained windows tell the story of a community of fishing...
Mirabelle: Comfortable, homely self catering house
October 2009 - Returned for another 9-day stay!We like to have plenty of space when we rent a s/c holiday property and we certainly had that in this nice old house in the old part of Grandcamp- Maisy. The owner, who lives next door and with whom the garden is shared, is a...
Restaurant La Maree: Unexpected Standard of Cuisine
IN GRANDCAMP-MAISYUpdate 7 Oct.2009We had a meal there last night. As good aa before and there is still the excellent 25 euro menu - most enjoyable. But beware the wine prices!A very popular and attractive restaurant with a pleasant and relaxed ambience overlooking the...
La Belle Mariniere: Small and Simple Traditional Cooking
This is a small, bistro style, family run restaurant with an attractive indoor dining area as well as a small courtyard. It was rather quiet on the night we were there - only one other table of 6 people. Patrick the owner is very friendly and chatty. He is a local man and a...
Cafe du Port: Moules direct from the Market.
Situated on the quay in GRANDCAMP-MAISY next to the daily (including Sunday) morning fish market, this friendly local cafe is the ideal place to watch the world go by as you linger over a coffee or a beer.Popular with both locals and visitors, including cyclists and walkers,...
Trotting - a favourite local activity
Normandy is a very "horsey" region, and wherever you go you will not be far away from some kind of equitation activity.
If you holiday here and like to ride you will almost certainly find some stables nearby. There are numerous studs and the area is famous for breeding race horses.
A local past time/hobby/obsession is a sport known as Trotting ( also very popular in Wales where it seems to be known as Rasus)
Horses trot at speed pulling a small cart controlled by its owner. We had noticed posters advertising a forthcoming Event and every morning at low tide Trotters and their horse and carts could be seen doing speed test runs up and down the beach.
You had to be quick to get a picture as the speeds got faster and before the tide came in!
Written May 12, 2008