Located close to the Pays d'Auge, between Cabourg and Deauville, Dives-sur-Mer is a charming port city of enivron 6000 inhabitants. Its history is linked to the saga of William the Conqueror, who gathered his fleet there before leaving for the conquest of England in 1066. The historic center of Dives-sur-Mer is a jewel of medieval architecture, a legacy of its past millennium : the halls of the 15th century, the manor of Bois- Hibout seventeenth, Notre Dame and its Romanesque part of the eleventh, the Village Art William the Conqueror in the late fifteenth...
At the beginning of the industrial era, proximity to the sea promotes the establishment of a large metallurgical plant, which will be the economic engine of the city for over a century. After its closure in 1986, the city turned again towards the sea, with the construction of the complex of Port William. Port William is an eminently tourist area with a tidal basin with a capacity of 600 seats, and an anchorage area of 300 rings sheltered by a dune. 1,200 homes are divided into vacation homes and cottages pleasantly arranged in a protected natural area. There are also shops and restaurants, the municipal library, and a sailing school.
The halls of the early 15th century, home to local producers at the market every Saturday morning. Their impressive structure is supported by 66 pillars of oak, resting on stone dice. Coats of arms of noble families who participated in the conquest of England with William the Conqueror have been installed on the pillars.
The manor of Bois- Hibout : 17th century built of Caen, which belonged to a former valet ennobled by Louis XIV. In the nineteenth century, the mansion was home to a police station.
The church of Notre -Dame : the oldest surviving parts date from the 11th century. The church has seen major steps in rebuilding in the fourteenth to sixteenth in the flamboyant Gothic styles. Beautiful stained glass windows tell the story of the founding of the church, Christ tied to Saint Saviour. In 1862 Arcisse de Caumont, historian and archaeologist, is installed above the entrance to the church gate, a list of the companions of William the Conqueror.
The Village Art William the Conqueror, a post of the late 15th century, built an inn at the end of the nineteenth century. The courtyards are in Norman style timber-framed, with exterior corridors serving the protected rooms upstairs. The owner of the inn made during adorn statues, vases and stone busts and carvings. We can also admire the bas-reliefs inspired capitals Abbey Boscherville near Rouen. The Tourist Office, located in the art village, contains a fresco of the Bayeux Tapestry, and beautiful stained glass windows of the 14th century, the Angels Musicians.
La Maison Bleue Da Costa: amazing garden created between 1957 and 1984 by Euclides Da Costa Ferreira worker of Portuguese origin. There are picturesque art brut buildings (chapels, frescoes mosaics).
The Tourist Office offers tours to discover the heritage of the city. Guided tours of the historic center throughout the year for groups, and in July / August for individuals. Pots Home holidaymakers in July and August. Nature outings. Tel. : +33 2 31 91 24 66.
Boat trips :
Bac Dives : 3 options Guided walks in the estuary of the River Dives from Port William. Tel. : +33 2 31 24 48 00.
The CAPAC ( association that coordinates and maintains a fleet of traditional sailing boats ) offers outputs from June to September. Tel. : +33 2 31 91 43 14.
Fishing at sea. Tel. : +33 2 31 91 49 88 or +33 6 21 09 88 11.
Rental can motorboats. Tel. : +33 6 38 39 45 28 or +33 6 21 36 99 25.
Sailing School : open all year for individuals, schools and groups. Hire catamarans, windsurfers, stand -up paddle, kayak sea. Tel. : +33 2 31 91 43 14.
Cinéma Le Drakkar label Arthouse Young Audiences. Tel. : +33 9 77 73 54 21.
Media Jacques Prévert : organization of exhibitions and conferences. Workstations connected to the Internet, work room with free WiFi. Tel. : +33 2 31 24 29 27.
Laser Quest : multi-level maze of 500m.
Possible rent scooters and bicycles.
Hiking in July / August : Cap Rando Association : Tel. : +33 6 85 05 30 06.