Located in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Cotentin and Bessin and the territory of the Plain, Sainte Mere Eglise has a rich historical past and its glorious ancient farming traditions.
Sainte Mere Eglise, the first town liberated on the morning of June 6, 1944, pays tribute to its liberators. One of them, John Steele, has become popular in spite of himself, remaining hung in the steeple of the church. Shortly after he was taken prisoner by a German soldier who wins and fortunately John Steele manages to escape. He returned to the town of Sainte Mere Eglise several times, and died May 16, 1969.
Sainte Mere Eglise commemorates the liberation.
Small village of the littoral, Ravenoville takes place in the department of Manche, in Normandy region. With a population of about 270 inhabitants, it is divided into two distinct villages: Ravenoville-Bourg and Ravenoville-Plage. It is not far from Sainte-Mère-Église, the first commune freed from France in 1944, and the beach of Utah Beach known for its bloody fighting during the D-Day.
Tourist commune, Ravenoville was mainly illustrated in 1944 during the battles of the Second World War. Its tourism, mainly seaside, is also turned towards this important part of the history. Full of charm, the village has a historical and architectural heritage that seduces the visiting visitors.
Its beach and nautical activity also offers many entertainments for people eager to enjoy all the benefits of the Channel Sea.
- You can visit the Airborne Museum, a museum of airborne troops, which houses a Waco glider that was used to land men during the D-Day, but also a large collection of documents, GI testimonies, materials... In the museum enclosure you can also discover a film of about twenty minutes "Fights for Freedom". Tel: +33 2 33 41 41 35.
- If you undertake the visit of the church you will be able to admire the stained glasses in tribute to the liberators. On the town is also the terminal 0, starting point of the path of Liberty which ends in Bastogne in Belgium.
- A historical circuit is established in the town, it will allow you to discover the heritage of the town but also many anecdotes on the Landing (support plan to the tourist office).
- Rural life: Sainte-Mère-Eglise is also the homeland of dairy farming and butter that made the town known throughout the world from the late nineteenth century. At the exit of the village, on the road to Valognes, Farm-Museum Cotentin, located in a manor farm offers you to discover this story: reconstructions of life on the farm that talk about the lives of breeders of the early twentieth century, exhibitions on the history of breeding and the Norman cow, live animals, conservatory orchards. A discovery for the whole family! This museum is punctuated throughout the year by many events. Discover the new exhibition "Y'a pus d'seasons!" which evokes, through an exceptional film, the local agriculture before the arrival of the tractor.
- The biscuit factory of Sainte-Mère-Église.
Gothic style, the church of Saint-Gilles presents walls furnished with modillons of the XIth and XIIth centuries. Surrounded by its cemetery, it has in its interior a monumental stove to discover during a visit of the building.
It is possible to admire the remains of the castle of Ravenoville, partly destroyed in 1944 and razed in 1955. Marriage of limestone and brick, it still has remains of a dovecote of the seventeenth century and common.
The Ravenoville fort, which was largely modified, particularly at the level of the compound and the former guard house, dates from the 19th century. It takes place on the remains of an old square redoubt of the seventeenth century.
As you walk through Ravenoville or its surroundings, be sure to appreciate the manor-farm of Surville of the sixteenth century, the farm of Portbail of the same time, or even the manor of Cibrantot of the XVIIIth century. It is also possible to see some fisheries on the sea.
Along the waterfront, a statue of the Black Madonna welcomes you. It is the site of an important religious celebration.
The beach of the Dunes is also one of the assets of Ravenoville. Large expanse of fine sand, it allows to enjoy the relaxation or the practice of different nautical activities. In the open sea, you can see the islands of Terre and Grande which make up the archipelago of the islands Saint-Marcouf. Banned from access, they welcome ornithological reserves.
The town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise was the scene of many events: anniversaries, horse show, rides, shows, local markets, local markets and craft markets calves.
Commemorations around June 6 remain to this day the most important event of the town with drops, deposits of showers, concerts, parades, shows and visitors from around the world ...
The communal celebration is held every year on the first Sunday of August with several animations such as a garage sale, an enduro race on the beach, a fireworks display, a torchlight retreat or a parade of flowered tanks.