The Côte de Nacre beaches are famous spots for water sports. And sand-yachting is now the big star on our Normandy beaches !

Come and enjoy kitesurfing, surfing, windsurfing, kite-flying, standup paddleboarding or sand-yachting in Normandy… Ouistreham Riva-Bella and the seaside resorts of Caen-la-Mer have a great range of sports to enjoy. And for the sailing fans, don't miss the great events taking place in Normandy !

Activities on the Water

Set off on a sand yacht in Normandy

From the early morning session, the beaches at Ouistreham Riva-Bella, Lion-sur-Mer, Hermanville-sur-Mer and Colleville-Montgomery are filled with colour. You will see red, yellow, white and blue sand yachts racing along the beach ! Want to give it a try? The sand-yachting monitors at Ouistreham Riva-Bella and Hermanville-sur-Mer are on hand to help !


Shellfish picking at low tide

When it’s low tide, it’s time to go shellfish picking on the beach. Mussels, clams, shrimps… don’t forget your rule to check if you could keep it or no. If you have any doubt come at the Tourist Office to get all informations you need.

Have fun at the beach

Games, swimming, sandcastles, inflatable structures and trampolines, the days at the beach are the moment long awaited by the children !

Not-to-be-missed sailing events in Normandy

The Normandy Channel Race

The Normandy Channel Race takes place in Caen each year in May. Fans of sailing boat races should get there for the start of the Normandy Channel Race for Class 40 sailing boats. They will have to travel some 1000 nautical miles along the coasts of Normandy, England and Ireland in less than one week ! In a very festive atmosphere, the Normandy Race Village is set up on Quai Vendeuvre in Caen. On the programme all through the week: maiden sailings, beginners’ lessons in water sports and sailing and lots of other activities.

The Sea Festival

More than an animation, the sea festival in Ouistreham is a true tradition! Every summer in July or August it’s a whole program with many activities on the port all weekend. Find out about this year’s program at the Tourist Office!

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