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TownMerville-Franceville-PlageSallenelles at 2.4 km (4 min)
Insee code14409Gonneville-en-Auge at 3.2 km (6 min)
Postcode14810Amfreville at 5.7 km (9 min)
Latitude49.2775000Bréville-les-Monts at 5.8 km (8 min)
Longitude-0.2032900Varaville at 6.1 km (10 min)
AltitudeFrom 0 to 42 metersPetiville at 6.4 km (11 min)
Surface10.42 km²Cabourg at 7.2 km (12 min)
Population2163 inhabitantsBavent at 7.3 km (11 min)
Density207 inhabitants/km²Bénouville at 7.8 km (10 min)
National labelsRanville at 7.8 km (11 min)
Chief townCaen (at 19.4 km, 22 min)Dives-sur-Mer at 8.7 km (16 min)
DepartmentCalvadosHérouvillette at 9.1 km (14 min)
RegionLower NormandySearch another town


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Merville-Franceville-Plage, more commonly known as Franceville, is located on the Côte Fleurie 6 km from Cabourg and 14 km from Caen, on the right bank of the Bay of l'Orne 49 ° 16'59 "N 0 ° 12'04" O.

The hinterland is a plain suitable for growing grain.

The 9th Parachute Battalion British, consisting of 750 men belonging to the 6th British Airborne Division, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Terence Otway's priority mission to attack, on the night of 5 to 6 June 1944, the battery Merville with four 150mm guns that can take their fire at the mouth of the Orne and the landing zone Sword Beach. About 150 men parachuted into the night managed to gather in Gonneville-en-Auge but most have not received their equipment. If taking the battery is important, it is not vital. Others are trapped in the marshes of Varaville. Otway commits an assault, however, without heavy equipment at 4:30 and neutralizes the battery, finding that the alleged passing 150 mm guns were actually guns Skoda 100 mm. Otway loses about half its men. German losses were even heavier with only 22 of 130 soldiers valid. This action, described as "unimaginable assault" will remain one of the most heroic D-Day

In 1976, the Association for the Safeguarding of the museum site of Pegasus Bridge and Merville Battery, chaired by General Sir Richard Gale, supports the idea of ​​Françoise Gondrée to redeem the land by the Coastal Protection and undertake the restoration of the Battery. A monument erected on the site of the Merville battery is the "Old Head" at the time of the Allied landings. Terence Otway died July 23, 2006 near London. A tribute was paid to him by the municipality on July 30 at the site of the Merville Battery in the presence of civilian and military authorities and Veterans of the 9th Battalion.


The German battery at Merville, a major goal during the Allied invasion June 6, 1944, which was conquered by the Lieutenant-Colonel Otway and his men. The Merville battery is a listed monument since 2004. In 1976, the association ASPEG-Pegasus Bridge Museum, which is chaired by General Sir Richard Gale and Françoise Gondrée initiative, steps are initiated to restore the Merville Battery. In 1977 at the initiative of General Sir Richard Gale and Françoise Gondrée, founders of the association and museum-Aspeg Pegasus Bridge & Merville Battery, the battery taken June 6, 1944 by Lieutenant-Colonel Otway is given able.

The fear of Merville, fortification built to plans by Vauban in 1779 was used by the French army and then by customs before serving place of garrison and comments to the German army during the German occupation from 1940 . Listed as Historical Monuments, property of the Coastal, the redoubt of Merville is being rehabilitated.

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Leisure centresBeach of Franceville


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French cuisine restaurantLe Lodge  
BRACKET GOURMET - Installed in second line, Houdard Avenue address worth a visit if you are looking for a refined menu supported by a very wise choice of wines. Welcome to the Lodge...
Located in Merville-Franceville-Plage28 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLa Mare ô poissons   NEW
BETWEEN SEA AND CAMPAIGN - Best Western Hotel La Mare ô poissons is ideally situated between the sea and the landing beaches of Normandy and pastures. Gourmets now find it because it...
Located 3.9 km from Merville-Franceville-Plage 
French cuisine restaurantLa Brèche  
SEASIDE - Want sea air, looking for a good restaurant ? Road to Ouistreham, its charm and endless beaches for a gourmet meal La Brèche a pancake restaurant that combines the ease at...
Located 4.2 km from Merville-Franceville-Plage23 € per person 

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Apartment with 3 bedroomsLa Grimodière    
Bed and Breakfast (upstairs) with independent entrance. The quiet of the countryside between Caen and the sea. Indoor heated pool. Gym. Host tables on reservation. Internet wifi. Ready...
Located 6.8 km from Merville-Franceville-Plage69 € the double room 
Farm with 3 bedroomsAncienne Ferme villeroy    
At 7 km from Caen and 10 km from the sea, 3 lovely rooms(TV, Wi-FI, ...)... In a very old farm, a historic place from the battle of Normandy (goodwood)... Free acces to a private museum...
Located 10.4 km from Merville-Franceville-PlageFrom 59 € to 69 € the double room 
Manor house with 4 bedroomsLe Prieuré de Langrune    
In the center of the landing beaches in a typical village of the Bessin beachfront you will find on the ground floor two guest rooms tastefully decorated in the traditional stone house....
Located 13.3 km from Merville-Franceville-PlageFrom 30 € to 90 € the double room 

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Apartment for 4 personsLa Grimodière  
House (upstairs) : kitchen with dishwasher, living room with sofa bed, 1 double bedroom, bathroom with bath, separate toilet, mezzanine bedroom accessed by a staircase not shifted....
Located 6.8 km from Merville-Franceville-PlageFrom 390 € to 495 € per week 
Apartment for 4 personsApartment for 4 persons  
Between Caen and the sea in a small rural village, this apartment overlooking a large park is located on the ground floor of a large property. It is an ideal base for visiting the region...
Located 10.3 km from Merville-Franceville-PlageFrom 380 € to 506 € per week 
Mobile-Home for 6 personsMobil home Houlgate 6 personnes
Between Deauville and Cabourg. Willerby Granada __Mobilhomme 26,28m² capacity 6 beds, heating. Terrace with awning. Micro wave, 4 burner stove, fridge, freezer, TV. 1 bedroom with double...
Located 11.8 km from Merville-Franceville-PlageFrom 610 € to 720 € per week 

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277 places over 7 haCamping les hautes coutures    
Camping located in the heart of the landing sites (beaches, museums, cemeteries), 10 km from Caen and 2.5 km from the sea and the beach and with direct access to the Caen Canal. Family...
Located 6.4 km from Merville-Franceville-Plage24 € per day 
220 places over 4,5 haLa capricieuse    
Family camp located 50 meters from the sea and close to shops. Pitches for tents, caravans and camper. Chalets and mobile homes. Camping labeled 'Quality Camping'
Located 12 km from Merville-Franceville-PlageFrom 14.24 € to 17.55 € per day 
137 places over 7 haVillage Club    
Located between Deauville and Cabourg and only 2 km from the beach of Villers sur Mer, our camping Village Club **** offers the rental of mobile homes and chalets equipped to night,...
Located 16.9 km from Merville-Franceville-Plage 

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Residence Le Bois Flotte - Hotel in Merville-Franceville-PlageResidence Le Bois Flotte     
Located 400 metres from Merville-Franceville Beach, this residence features an indoor swimming pool, and a children’s playground. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are available on...
Located in Merville-Franceville-PlageRoom from 88 €
Le Vauban - Hotel in Merville-Franceville-PlageLe Vauban     
Le Vauban is a charming hotel, located just 5km from Cabourg on the Normandy Coast. It offers comfortable accommodation just 800 metres from the beach, and a bar. Every morning breakfast...
Located in Merville-Franceville-PlageRoom from 50 €
Chez-Marion - Hotel in Merville-Franceville-PlageChez-Marion     
With a pleasant setting, Chez-Marion is ideally located on the Normandy coast, only 80 metres from the beach. It offers comfortable rooms with a warm and modern atmosphere. Rooms at...
Located in Merville-Franceville-PlageRoom from 60 €

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