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Arromanches > Port-en-Bessin > Bayeux

[ Cycle routes Tour de Manche ] [ Le Havre > Carentan ]
  • 14 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

Relive something of D-Day and the famous Battle of Normandy. Discover the legendary D-Day landing beaches, where the unforgettable Allied Operation Overlord swung into action on 6th June 1944, witnessing so many feats of bravery. On a quieter note, this section of the Véloroute crosses many pretty villages with their old stone houses and passes in front of many grand farms that often look like manors – they were built at a period when these rich agricultural lands brought prosperity to landowners in the area.

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This stage of the Véloroute, starting either from Arromanches or from Port-en-Bessin, takes you along roads that you share with cars, but they are generally easy to use. You cross many pretty villages along the way. Arriving at Bayeux, there is a cycle track that bypasses the centre, offering a safe way round the town. You'll spot signposts indicating 'Plages du Débarquement / Mont Saint-Michel' all along the route.


Arromanches Tourist Information Centre

2, rue Maréchal Joffre

+33 2 31 22 36 45


Bayeux Tourist Information Centre

Pont Saint Jean

14400 BAYEUX

+33 2 31 51 28 28


Port-en-Bression Tourist Information Centre quai Barron Gérard

14520 Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
+33 2 31 22 45 80

Railway Station

Bayeux station

Paris-Cherbourg line


Not to be missed

The Vauban tower in Port-en-Bessin

The German artillery position in Longues-sur-Mer

Great views over the artificial harbor of Arromanches

The landing museum and cinema in Arromanches

Argouges mansion in Vaux-sur-Aure

The Bayeux tapestry listed in the UNESCO "Memory of the World" register.

The Bayeux Cathedral

Walking tour in the Old Bayeux (medieval town houses)

British military cemetery and museum focused on the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux



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Arromanches Artificial Harbour


On 6th June 1944, 4,126 Allied vessels crossed the Channel to land in Western Normandy, taking the German forces there by surprise. The key to victory in Normandy over the longer term was the construction, at Arromanches, of a huge artificial harbour. The parts to build this technological feat were towed across the Channel. A good way to admire the remnants of this exceptional harbour is to cycle along the Arromanches seafront. As you contemplate the scale of the artificial port, consider the audacity involved in building this gigantic 'Mulberry Harbour', as it was known. The idea was dreamt up by Winston Churchill himself.




Port-en-Bessin, premier port de pêche de Basse-Normandie


Port-en-Bessin is a picturesque fishing port in the département of Calvados. It lies tucked away between two cliffs along the D-Day landing beaches. The port is well known in the département and beyond for its fish auctioning hall and in particular for its scallop-fishing season. The place is packed full of maritime history and the salty air recalls many a mariner's tale. Port-en-Bessin has many attractions for visitors, from its cobbled lanes to its marina, as well as its long jetty dominated by a Vauban Tower, named after Louis XIV's great military engineer. 



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