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Beach along the English Channel
|Intercommunality||Caen la Mer|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Marc Gilles|
|• Land1||4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi)|
|• Population2 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.
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.
- 6 June 1944 : The D-Day of the Battle of Normandy during World War II. British soldiers landed on the beach of Lion-sur-Mer which was a part of the Sword Beach sector.
- The beach, its promenade (La digue) and its villas from the beginning of the 20th century
To the East, the beach with the promenade (in the foreground, the SNSM look-out post)
- 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)
Lion-sur-Mer is twinned with:
- Kiebingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany
- (French) Villas de Lion-sur-Mer et Hermanville-sur-Mer, Coll. Itinéraires du patrimoine, n°125
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