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Beach along the English Channel

Coat of arms
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Douvres-la-Délivrande
Intercommunality Caen la Mer
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Marc Gilles
Area1 4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,584
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14365 / 14780
Elevation 0–30 m (0–98 ft)
(avg. 6 m or 20 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Lion-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.


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 (9.3 mi) North of Caen.

The beach is made of fine sand and is bordered, to the west, by middle-sized cliffs.

The town is served by 2 bus services : line No. 1 of the Bus Verts du Calvados and line No. 62 of Twisto. A ferry of Brittany Ferries links Ouistreham (5 km from Lion-sur-Mer) to Portsmouth in England.


British soldiers passing through Lion-sur-Mer.



  • 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.

The town is crossed by the EuroVelo 4 track.


  • "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)

International relations

Lion-sur-Mer is twinned with:

See also




  • (French) Villas de Lion-sur-Mer et Hermanville-sur-Mer, Coll. Itinéraires du patrimoine, n°125

External links

  • Lion sur Mer...Autrefois (Blog featuring old postcards of Lion-sur-Mer)(French)
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