Camping Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Close to many seaside campsites in the Calvados department in Normandy, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer attracts many visitors. Why? Because of Omaha Beach, the stage of the Normandy landings that changed the course of history.

Do you know Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer?

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a peaceful village on the Calvados coast with 260 inhabitants. At first sight, the village appears to be a simple holiday resort, however, every year, tourists from around the world flock to the village's beach.

Indeed, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer witnessed one of the most important events in history. More specifically in the Second World War, since the village's beach formed part of the mythical code name: Omaha Beach. On 6 June 1944, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer saw the course of the war change with the landing of thousands of American soldiers on the Normandy coast to drive back the German army.

If you spend your holidays at a campsite near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, you can follow in the footsteps of this event that marked a historic turning point. Many memorial sites have been erected along the seafront to honour the fallen heroes and also convey the story of this event, especially to younger generations.

Therefore, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is an ideal place to visit for young and old alike.


What's on the programme?

It is possible to devote an entire day to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, even if you only need half a day to tour the legendary sites associated with the D-Day landings. For example, you could start by visiting the beach itself to get a feel for the place and try to imagine what actually happened there. Then, you can make your way to the commemorative sites, such as the Memorial, as well as a sculpture: Les Braves. You can also discover a bunker and some remains of the Atlantic Wall used by the German army.

Then, pay a visit to one of the museums devoted to the Battle of Normandy: the Memorial museum. Freely accessible, the site covers an area of 1,400 m² devoted entirely to the event, thus helping to perpetuate the memory of the fallen soldiers.

Finally, it is also highly recommended to combine your trip to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer with a visit to Colleville-sur-Mer. The town is home to one of the other museums on the theme of the D-Day landings: Overlord. But also, above all, it is home to one of the most emblematic and popular sites of the D-Day landing beaches: the American cemetery.