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Ver-sur-Mer is located in France
Coordinates: 49°19′55″N 0°31′42″W / 49.3319°N 0.5283°W / 49.3319; -0.5283Coordinates: 49°19′55″N 0°31′42″W / 49.3319°N 0.5283°W / 49.3319; -0.5283
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Courseulles-sur-Mer
Intercommunality Bessin, Seulles et Mer
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Philippe Onillon
Area1 9.01 km2 (3.48 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 1,589
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 14739 /14114
Elevation 0–56 m (0–184 ft)
(avg. 42 m or 138 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.

Ver-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department and Normandy region of north-western France. It is situated at the eastern end of Gold Beach between Arromanches and Courseulles. The town lies 20 km north-west of Caen and 14 km north-east of Bayeux.

As well as its beach, the village has a bakery, pony club, sailing club, shrimp fishery, small supermarket, tennis court, and youth hostel. It is also home to the America Gold Beach Museum.

Ver-sur-Mer lighthouse, still active today, was built in 1908 on the heights above the beach. During World War II, Canadian troops swiftly seized the lighthouse; however, it was badly damaged and had to be restored after the end of the war. Ver-sur-Mer's church, which was constructed between the 10th and 12th centuries, is dedicated to Saint Martin.


On 1 July 1927, Commander Richard Evelyn Byrd was forced to crash land his plane, America, in the sea off Ver-sur-Mer after his attempt at the first mail-carrying flight across the Atlantic failed.

On 6 June 1944, D-Day, the British 50th Infantry Division landed at Ver-sur-Mer as part of the Normandy Landings invasion, Operation Overlord.

The seafront promenade (Boulevard de la Plage)


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 623 —    
1968 580 −6.9%
1975 701 +20.9%
1982 966 +37.8%
1990 1,359 +40.7%
1999 1,307 −3.8%
2008 1,565 +19.7%
2014 1,589 +1.5%

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