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Graye-sur-Mer - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Calvados

Located in Normandy, in the department of Calvados, Graye-sur-Mer is a charming little village on the coast of the Channel. It takes place about twenty kilometers from Caen, right next to Courseulles-sur-Mer, in the Bessin.

The municipality owes its fame to its beach which was part of the area of ​​Juno Beach during the disembarkation of June 6, 1944. It was thus released by the Canadian troops disembarked on the spot. Today, Graye-sur-Mer is appreciated by tourists wanting to discover the landing beaches as well as the charms of Normandy.

Rich in architectural and historical heritage, the Norman village offers a wide range of leisure activities as well as unique and preserved landscapes. Graye-sur-Mer is the opportunity to admire the most beautiful sites of Normandy and to delve into the secrets of the Second World War.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude49.3293020 (N 49° 19’ 45”)
Longitude-0.4722310 (W 0° 28’ 20”)
AltitudeFrom 2m to 47m
Surface area6.54 km²
Population651 inhabitants
Density99 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCaen (21 km, 26 min)
Insee code14318
IntercommunalityCC Bessin Seulles Mer

Nearest cities & towns

Courseulles-sur-Mer2.5 km (6 min)
Banville2.6 km (3 min)
Sainte-Croix-sur-Mer4.3 km (6 min)
Bernières-sur-Mer4.4 km (8 min)
Bény-sur-Mer6.1 km (9 min)
Ver-sur-Mer6.3 km (9 min)
Tierceville6.3 km (7 min)
Reviers6.4 km (8 min)
Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer6.7 km (13 min)
Colombiers-sur-Seulles7.3 km (8 min)
Basly7.5 km (9 min)
Creully7.9 km (10 min)
Crépon8.6 km (12 min)
Villiers-le-Sec8.8 km (10 min)

Things to see and do

Built in the 12th century, the church of Saint Martin was burnt by the Huguenots before being rebuilt shortly after. Its bell tower also suffered destruction by lightning in the nineteenth century, and by the throes of World War II. One can still admire the remains of the original building like the southern wall of the nave. The porch that is attached to it dates from the Hundred Years War. Inside, do not miss to admire the altarpiece of the fifteenth century classified by the Beaux-Arts or the high altar of the seventeenth century and classical style.

The village of Graye-sur-Mer has several vestiges and other memorials of the Second World War, and more particularly of the D-Day landing. You will discover a British Churchill Avre "One Charlie" or a Lorraine cross commemorating General de Gaulle's return to France in June 1944. At the entrance to the beach, a commemorative plaque pays tribute to the allied forces having landed On 6 June 1944.

The village washhouse, which is part of the general inventory of cultural heritage, dates from the end of the 19th century. Commemorative plaques were attached to it during the fiftieth anniversary of the D-Day landing in 1994.

Nature lovers will find their happiness in the marshes of the lower valley of the Seulles. The latter are classified as an area of ​​ecological, faunistic and floristic interest and allow to appreciate the local fauna and flora. Guided tours are organized regularly.

A popular destination for visitors and water sports enthusiasts, La Grache de Graye Beach is part of the Juno Beach area. This large stretch of fine sand offers a breathtaking view of the Channel Sea and allows you to enjoy many leisure activities.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

The village offers a fireworks display at the end of July.

At the beginning of August you will be able to attend a fair at the granaries.

A mid-November meal is available.


Cross of Lorraine
Cross of Lorraine
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Charlie One
Charlie One
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Breach liberators
Breach liberators
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Sunday 22 october
Min. 12°C - Max. 14°C
Monday 23 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 17°C
Tuesday 24 october
Min. 16°C - Max. 19°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Jeep Ride along the D-Day Landing Beaches
Culture and education40 € Asnelles (8.2 km)
Half-Day on the Cheese Route with Private Guide – Leaving from Caen
Local flavours70 € Caen (18.1 km)
2-Hour Cookery Workshop at Manoir Sainte Croix
Local flavours49 € Fleury-sur-Orne (22 km)
Kitesurfing lesson at Cape Cabourg
Sports sensations125 € Cabourg (27 km)
Canoe-kayak at the heart of Swiss Normandy
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Le Hom (38 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Stroll Impressionist
Village visitIntermediate2h00Honfleur (52 km)
Cotentin Peninsula
Car itineraryEasy7h00Carentan-les-Marais (56 km)


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