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Thury-Harcourt is twenty-four kilometers south of Caen, in the valley of the Orne.

The old name is Thury, but the marquis de Thury was erected into a duchy for the benefit of Henri d'Harcourt, Marquis de Thury as the "Duchy of Harcourt" in 1709, inducing a change of name.

During the 17th century, several families settled in Canada. With them goes the parish priest, Abbe Lesueur. They founded the parish of Saint-Sauveur, Quebec. Among them, Peter Legardeur, general of the fleet of New France, gave his name to the cities and Legardeur Repentigny, Quebec.

The city was 75% destroyed during the Battle of Normandy in July 1944. La Fleche, Sarthe, was the city's godmother 1939-1945 war of Thury-Harcourt.

Thury-Harcourt is located in the valley of the River Orne, surroundings that are undulating, as Clécy or the Roche Oëtre, are a striking contrast with the Plateau de Caen located further north. The Suisse Normande, made up of hills, attracts visitors because of the many sporting activities that can be practiced.

Geographical information

Latitude48.9855310 (N 48° 59’ 8”)
Longitude-0.4785930 (W 0° 28’ 43”)
AltitudeFrom 18m to 156m
Surface area4.90 km²
Population2070 inhabitants
Density422 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCaen (30 km, 34 min)
Insee code14689
IntercommunalityCC de la Suisse Normande

Nearest cities & towns

Caumont-sur-Orne3.7 km (4 min)
Esson3.7 km (7 min)
Croisilles5.2 km (6 min)
Placy5.3 km (9 min)
Curcy-sur-Orne5.9 km (9 min)
Ouffières5.9 km (8 min)
Goupillières6.3 km (9 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Sallen6.4 km (8 min)
Saint-Rémy6.7 km (7 min)
Espins6.7 km (9 min)
Combray7.2 km (10 min)
Les Moutiers-en-Cinglais7.4 km (8 min)
Fresney-le-Vieux8.1 km (9 min)

Things to see and do

The church of Saint-Benin, Public School Paul Héroult, sundial tower of the church Saint-Sauveur, the park and the front of the castle Thury-Harcourt.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Weekend of hiking and sports in Norman Switzerland in September.


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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Railway: vélorail Pont-Érambourg and Val Maizet (tourist train).

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoe-kayak at the heart of Swiss Normandy
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Thury-Harcourt
"Intérieur à Ciel Ouvert" contemporary garden
Nature and the great outdoors5 € Athis-de-l'Orne (19.7 km)
Calvados-tasting at La Monnerie
Local flavours3 € Cerisy-Belle-Étoile (24 km)
Quad or buggy on the D-Day beaches
Sports sensations55 € to 210 € Asnelles (40 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around Lande Pourrie
Car itineraryEasy4h00Saint-Cyr-du-Bailleul (52 km)
Pays Domfrontais
Car itineraryEasy5h00Soucé (59 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals