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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Calvados

Seaside resort of Normandy, Lion-sur-Mer takes place in the department of Calvados, on the Coast of Nacre and the shores of the Channel Sea. The town is about fifteen kilometers from Caen, not far from Douvres-la-Délivrande and Ouistreham.

The site of the municipality is occupied since Antiquity, as evidenced by certain vestiges of buildings dating after the colonization by the Romans. However, it was not until the Middle Ages that the village of Lion-sur-Mer really formed, becoming a small fishing port as early as the 12th century. The city was transformed into a seaside resort in the 19th century, with the fashion of sea bathing. Villas were quickly built on the water's edge, and Lion-sur-Mer now turned mainly to tourism.

Place of disembarkation of British troops on 6 June 1944, the city labeled Commune tourist, is also known for its role in the Second World War.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude49.3011460 (N 49° 18’ 4”)
Longitude-0.3136270 (W 0° 18’ 49”)
Surface area4.75 km²
Population2452 inhabitants
Density516 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCaen (9 mi, 22 min)
Insee code14365
IntercommunalityCU Caen la Mer

Nearest cities & towns

Hermanville-sur-Mer1.6 mi (5 min)
Luc-sur-Mer2.5 mi (8 min)
Cresserons2.6 mi (8 min)
Colleville-Montgomery2.9 mi (8 min)
Ouistreham3.4 mi (9 min)
Plumetot3.4 mi (10 min)
Langrune-sur-Mer4 mi (12 min)
Douvres-la-Délivrande4 mi (12 min)
Saint-Aubin-d'Arquenay4.3 mi (12 min)
Périers-sur-le-Dan4.7 mi (12 min)
Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer5.2 mi (18 min)
Biéville-Beuville5.7 mi (14 min)
Colomby-Anguerny5.8 mi (15 min)

Things to see and do

Classified as Historic Monuments, the church of Saint-Pierre reveals a bell tower dating from the first half of the twelfth century. The original building was built in the 11th century, on the remains of a necropolis with a sarcophagus of the 4th century. Transformed over and over again, it now reveals a mixed and varied style, as evidenced by the Henry-de-Blagny chapel built in the 19th century and neo-gothic style. The primitive Romanesque nave was destroyed and replaced by a more important one in the early 20th century due to the influx of tourists in the commune.

Formerly a casino of the second half of the 19th century, Villa Louis is now listed as a Historical Monument for its reworked Art Nouveau façade. The Villa Bella Vista, which is included in the general inventory of cultural heritage, is also interesting. Built in the mid-19th century, it has an architecture typical of the seaside villas of this period.

The fine sandy beach of the center of Lion-sur-Mer is surely the site that attracts the most visitors. It is notably bordered by cliffs, those of the Confessionnaux. They owe their name to the fact that there are shallow caves that used to serve as gallant rendezvous places.

Not far from the beach, a monument of Liberty was erected in memory of the 41st Royal Marine Commando which landed here on June 6, 1944.

Today closed to the public as private property, the old castle of Lion-sur-Mer nevertheless stands proudly. One can admire its exteriors and its dependencies in part classified and registered with the Historic Monuments.

Do not miss the Fossil House Museum which features a collection of more than 10,000 fossils from the region such as the Normandy Brachiosaurus found near Caen.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

The market of Lion-sur-Mer takes place on Thursday morning. Every Thursday in the summer, a night market is offered. Flea markets are regularly organized throughout the year.

In January, place at Rencontres du Libre, allowing to discover software, culture and the free arts.

In July and August, the town proposes its Terrasses musicales of the summer, free concerts.

In summer, the city hosts unpacking of books with many exhibitors.

The annual and annual book fair takes place in November.


Wednesday 26 april
Min. 8°C - Max. 13°C
Thursday 27 april
Min. 9°C - Max. 11°C
Friday 28 april
Min. 8°C - Max. 14°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Half-Day on the Cheese Route with Private Guide – Leaving from Caen
Local flavours70 € Caen (8.4 mi)
Water sports equipment hire in the Orne Valley
Nature and the great outdoors17 € Caen (8.6 mi)
Visit the French gardens of Domaine Marquis Turgot
Culture and education6 € Creully sur Seulles (10 mi)
Canoe-kayak at the heart of Swiss Normandy
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Le Hom (23 mi)
Cooking class at Chef Normand's House
Local flavours39 € Saint-Philbert-des-Champs (28 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Stroll Impressionist
Village visitIntermediate2h00Honfleur (26 mi)
Way of the Three Calvaries
HikeEasy3h00Asnières (33 mi)


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