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Location & Attractions
The Town of Grandcamp Maisy
Grandcamp-Maisy is a coastal town with a bustling atmosphere in the summer and miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Here you can visit the fishing port, indulge in water sports and enjoy the beach with the family including fishing from the shore, supervised swimming, windsurfer and kayak hire.
You can enjoy fresh fish, oysters and scallops Jacques in the many restaurants overlooking the port and waterfront.
In 1944 the town of Maisy was the site of a German heavy artillery battery and the headquarters for the sector. Until recently, the site was overgrown and had been covered by US engineers before the end of 1944 - well before any historians had a chance to examine the site.
British military historian Gary Sterne rediscovered the site after finding a German map, and has purchased the site and turned it into a museum with over 21⁄2 miles of original German trenches and bunkers. From his research and newly released (previously top secret papers), it is obvious that the site is many times larger than was originally thought. The labyrinth of trenches and tunnels had remained hidden for around 60 years. It contains office bunkers, supplies buildings, general quarters, radio rooms, and many other blocks, including an underground hospital (one of three which has been uncovered and can be visited). More information can be found by following this link: Nazi Bunkers at Maisy Battery
Located between Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, just a few miles from the cottage along the coast, is one of the key heritage sites along the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy.
Pointe du Hoc, a strategic element of the Atlantic Wall, was stormed by Colonel Rudder's American Rangers on the morning of the 6th of June 1944 - D-Day. it proved to be one of the toughest battles to be fought during the Normandy Landings: of the 225 Rangers that began the assault, only 90 were still fit to continue their fight for France's Liberation.
The scars of the battle can still be seen to this very day. During your visit, you will discover an artillery battery, complete with its firing command post, casemates, shelters, museum and Information panels on site. The site is open for unaccompanied visits, free of charge.
A few steps from the landing beaches you will discover ancient architectural heritage farms and churches, castle ruins, and natural landscapes of extraordinary diversity including coastal marshes and woods.
The Surrounding Area
The following activities are close by:
Fishing port and marina.
Beautiful sandy beach
Sailing School & rental of windsurfing equipment, catamarans, and kayak
Guided tours of the oyster beds
Maisy Battery : visit of a German battery
Museum of the Rangers which tells the history of the storming of Pointe du Hoc
Trails for hiking, cycling and equestrian
Possibility to rent bikes at the Intercommunal Tourist Office in July and August.
Beaches and landing sites : La Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, the German cemetery of La Cambe, American Cemetery at Colleville.
Regional Natural Park of Cotentin and Bessin : Park House ( bird observatory, exhibitions, events, guided tours).
Guided tour of a cider farm in Saint -Germain -du -Pert Wednesday afternoon
Bayeux: Tapestry of Queen Matilda, Old Bayeux Cathedral and old town about 30 minutes drive by car. The northern French town of Bayeux is best known for the tapestry that depicts the 11th-century Norman Conquest. You can see it on display at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. The cloth’s original home was the Bayeux Cathedral, which still towers over the area. Inside you’ll find beautifully detailed murals and haunting crypts.
Shops & Restaurants
Fisherman's Cottage is only a 5 minute walk from the centre of Grandcamp Maisy. Here you will find local shops that will cater for your everyday needs including a green grocer, mini market, boulangerie, bakeries, patisseries, pharmacy, tobacconists, a couple of banks and a good selection of local restaurants and bars.
There is a fish market beside the old harbour where you can buy fresh fish and shell fish on a weekday morning.
The best selection of restaurants and bars are situated along the seafront and around the fishing harbour. The local delicacy is oysters and shell fish so they are well worth a try.
There is a Carrefour local at a roundabout south of the fishing harbour heading out of town on the D514. It also has a petrol station and the fuel is quite reasonably priced.
Coming out of town onto the N13 heading west the first turn off is for Isigny sur Mer. Just off the motorway and in view to your right is an Intermarché supermarket. If you travel into the town you wil find various eateries and bars.
The nearest shopping centre of any size with department stores, electrical shops, diy and clothing stores and a couple of large supermarkets can be found at at Carentan just a 20 minute drive away travelling west along the N13 highway. Supermarkets include Intermarché, Bricomarché and Lidl.
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