Lion-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northern France.
Its inhabitants are called the lionnais (and lionnaise(s) for women).
Lion-sur-Mer is located on the edge of the English Channel
, more precisely on the Côte de Nacre
(Mother of Pearl Coast), about 15 km North of Caen
The beach is made of fine sand and is bordered, to the West, by middle-sized cliffes.
The town is served by 2 bus services : line #1 of the Bus Verts du Calvados and line #62 of Twisto.
A ferry of Brittany Ferries links Ouistreham (5 km from Lion-sur-Mer) to Portsmouth in England.
Places and landmarks
- The beach, its promenade (La digue) and its villas from the beginning of the 20th century
- Saint-Pierre church (Tower from the 1st half of the 12th century)
- Lion-sur-Mer castle (Closed to the public)
- The "le Castel Louis" house (listed building), ancient casino built in 1866-1868 and then transformed in the art nouveau style.
- "Les terrasses de l'été" ("The summer terraces") : about 40 free animations and concerts in July and august.
- Flea markets several times per year.
- "Maison du fossile" ("House of the Fossil").
- Hermanville sporting club (8 tennis clay courts)
- Municipal sailing school
- Sport complex (Gymnasium, tennis courts and soccer field)
Lion-sur-Mer is twinned
Based on the article in the French Wikipedia.
- Villas de Lion-sur-Mer et Hermanville-sur-Mer, Coll. Itinéraires du patrimoine, n°125