Arromanches-les-Bains (or, simply Arromanches) is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northern France.
It is located on the coast in the heart of the area where the Normandy landings took place on D-Day, on June 6, 1944.
Arromanches-les-Bains is a commune
of the Calvados département
, in the Basse-Normandie région
. Its postal code is 14117.
Arromanches-les-Bains is situated approximately 25 km northwest of Caen
. Neighbouring towns include Port-en-Bessin
The town lies along the stretch of coastline
designated as Gold Beach
during the D-Day landings
, one of the beaches used by British troops in the Allied invasion
. Arromanches was selected as one of the sites for two Mulberry Harbours
built on the Normandy coast, the other one built further West at Omaha Beach
. Sections of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches still remain today with huge concrete blocks sitting on the sand, and more can be seen further out at sea.
Today Arromanches is mainly a tourist town. Situated in a good location for visiting all of the battle sites and War Cemeteries, there is also a museum at Arromanches with information about Operation Overlord
and in particular, the Mulberry harbours.
Based on the article in the French Wikipedia.