Lion-sur-Mer

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Lion-sur-Mer
Beach along the English Channel
Beach along the English Channel
Coat of arms of Lion-sur-Mer
Coat of arms
Location of Lion-sur-Mer
Lion-sur-Mer is located in France
Lion-sur-Mer
Lion-sur-Mer
Lion-sur-Mer is located in Normandy
Lion-sur-Mer
Lion-sur-Mer
Coordinates: 49°18′07″N 0°19′03″W / 49.3019°N 0.31750°W / 49.3019; -0.31750Coordinates: 49°18′07″N 0°19′03″W / 49.3019°N 0.31750°W / 49.3019; -0.31750
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentCalvados
ArrondissementCaen
CantonOuistreham
IntercommunalityCU Caen la Mer
Government
 • Mayor (2016–2020) Dominique Régeard
Area
1
4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi)
Population
(2008)2
2,584
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
14365 /14780
Elevation0–30 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 Normandy region in northwestern France.

Geography[edit]

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.

History[edit]

British soldiers passing through Lion-sur-Mer.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
19621,531—    
19681,613+5.4%
19751,748+8.4%
19821,823+4.3%
19902,086+14.4%
19992,401+15.1%
20082,584+7.6%

Sights[edit]

  • 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" or "la Villa 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.

Events[edit]

  • "Les terrasses de l'été" ("The summer terraces") : about 40 free animations and concerts in July and August.
  • Flea markets several times per year.

Sport[edit]

  • Hermanville sporting club (8 tennis clay courts)
  • Municipal sailing school
  • Sport complex (Gymnasium, tennis courts and soccer field)

International relations[edit]

Lion-sur-Mer is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

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

External links[edit]