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Arromanches, with the remains of the Mulberry harbour in its bay
Arromanches, with the remains of the Mulberry harbour in its bay
Coat of arms of Arromanches-les-Bains
Coat of arms
Arromanches-les-Bains is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Ryes
Intercommunality Bessin, Seulles et Mer
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Patrick Jardin
Area1 13.7 km2 (5.3 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 587
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14021 / 14117
Elevation 0–55 m (0–180 ft)
(avg. 15 m or 49 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.

Arromanches-les-Bains (or, simply Arromanches) is a French commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region of north-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arromanchais or Arromanchaises[1]

The commune has been awarded one flower by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.[2]


Arromanches-les-Bains is located some 12 km north-east of Bayeux and 10 km west of Courseulles-sur-Mer on the coast in the heart of the area where the Normandy landings took place on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Access to the commune is by the D514 road from Tracy-sur-Mer in the west passing through the town and continuing to Saint-Côme-de-Fresné in the east. The D87 road also goes from the town south to Ryes. The D65 road goes east to Meuvaines. About a third of the commune is the urban area of the town with the rest farmland.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages


Arromanches is remembered as a historic place of the Normandy landings and in particular as the place where an artificial port was installed. This artificial port allowed the disembarkation of 9,000 tons of material per day.

It was on the beach of Arromanches that, during the Invasion of Normandy immediately after D-Day, the Allies established an artificial temporary harbour to allow the unloading of heavy equipment without waiting for the conquest of deep water ports such as Le Havre or Cherbourg. Although at the centre of the Gold Beach landing zone, Arromanches was spared the brunt of the fighting on D-Day so the installation and operation of the port could proceed as quickly as possible without damaging the beach and destroying surrounding lines of communication. The port was commissioned on 14 June 1944.

This location was one of two sites chosen to establish the necessary port facilities to unload quantities of supplies and troops needed for the invasion during June 1944, the other was built further West at Omaha Beach. The British built huge floating concrete caissons which, after being towed from England, then had to be assembled to form walls and piers forming and defining the artificial port called the Mulberry harbour. These comprised pontoons linked to the land by floating roadways. One of these ports was assembled at Arromanches and even today sections of the Mulberry harbour still remain with huge concrete blocks sitting on the sand and more can be seen further out at sea.

Some key figures: by 12 June 1944 more than 300,000 men, 54,000 vehicles, 104,000 tons of supplies had been landed. During 100 days of operation of the port 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles, and 4 million tons of material were landed. The best performance of the port was in the last week of July 1944: during those seven days the traffic through Arromanches exceeded 136,000 tons or 20,000 tons per day.

Today, Arromanches is mainly a tourist town. Situated in a good location for visiting all of the battle sites and war cemeteries, there is also a museum at Arromanches with information about Operation Overlord and in particular, the Mulberry harbours.[4]

On 21 September 2013 Bradford-based sand sculpting company Sand in Your Eye created a tribute called "The Fallen 9,000". It was a temporary sculpture project—a visual representation of 9,000 people drawn in the sand which equates the number of civilians, German forces and Allies that died during the D-day landings. It coincided with Peace Day, and was washed away with the tide at the end of the day.[5]


Arms of Arromanches-les-Bains

Azure, an anchor of Or debruised by a mullet of Argent between two chains of Sable posed in chevron inverted broken, in chief Gules debruised by a leopard of Or armed and tongued Azure.


List of Successive Mayors[6]

From To Name Party Position
1995 2020 Patrick Jardin Optician

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 587 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
430 363 450 493 520 534 528 500 490
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
502 505 533 532 544 481 480 455 444
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
444 380 335 273 282 288 262 282 287
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
298 339 355 395 409 552 - 587 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Arromanches-les-Bains

Culture and heritage

Civil heritage

The commune has many buildings and sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • Houses (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[7]
  • The Notre-Dame-des-Flots Monument at Rue du Calvaire (1911)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[8]
  • The Grand Hotel at 22 Rue du Maréchal Joffre (20th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[9]
  • The old Radar Station at Le Callouet (20th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[10]
  • The Château du Petit Fontaine (1764)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[11]
  • An Orientation table (20th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[12]
  • The Artificial Harbour and Winston Churchill Harbour (20th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[13]
  • The 6 June 1944 Museum (1954)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[14]
  • A Lavoir (Public laundry) (1896)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[15]
  • The Town Hall and Boys' Primary School (1884)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[16]
  • The Village (Antiquity)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[17]
  • Houses and Hotels (18th-20th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[18]
Other sites of interest
  • The Museum of the Landings
  • Arromanches 360 degrees

Religious heritage

The commune has several religious buildings and sites that are registered as historical monuments:

A Presbytery at 4 avenue de l'Amiral Mountbatten (1836)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[19]

A Monumental Cross at Rue du Calvaire (1901)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[20]

A Cemetery (1857)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[21]

The Parish Church of Saint Peter (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[22] The Church contains many items that are registered as historical objects:

Picture Gallery

Notable people linked to the commune

  • Jules Carpentier, French inventor. A main street is named in his honour.
  • François Carpentier, son of Jules Carpentier, French architect and mayor of the commune. He created the Museum of the Landings in Arromanche.
  • Sylvie Joly owned a villa in the commune. Her father was mayor of the commune from 1947 to 1963.
  • The Boisgelin family owned a large part of the commune and still have a large house.

See also


  1. At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. Inhabitants of Calvados (French)
  2. Arromanches-les-Bains in the Competition for Towns and Villages in Bloom (French)
  3. Google Maps
  4. Arromanches D-Day Museum homepage
  5. The Fallen 9000 info page
  6. List of Mayors of France (French)
  7. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121719 House at 11 Rue de l'Abreuvoir IA00121720 House at 2 Rue de la Batterie IA00121720 Villa les Tourelles at 7 Rue de la BatterieCamera aabb.svg IA00121723 Le Norval House at 16-18 Rue Charles Laurent IA00121722 House at 7-9 Rue Charles LaurentCamera aabb.svg IA00121724 Villa Graziella at 25 Rue du Colonel René Michel IA00121725 House at 33 Rue du Colonel René Michel IA00121727 Chalet Maurice at 26 Boulevard Gilbert LonguetCamera aabb.svg IA00121726 Villa les Embruns at 8 Quai du Général Leclerc IA00121728 House at 11 Rue du Maréchal Foch IA00121729 Villa le Manoir at 18 Rue du Maréchal FochIA00121710 Les Trois Chalets at 21-25 Rue du Maréchal Foch IA00121730 Villa d'Arromanches at 28 Rue du Maréchal FochCamera aabb.svg IA00121732 Fisherman's House at 28 Rue du Petit Fontaine IA00121731 House at 8 Rue du Petit Fontaine (French)
  8. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121714 Notre-Dame-des-Flots Monument at Rue du Calvaire (French)
  9. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121733 Grand Hotel (French)
  10. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA14000009 Radar Station (French)
  11. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121736 Château du Petit Fontaine (French)
  12. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121735 Orientation Table (French)
  13. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121734 Artificial Harbour and Winston Churchill Harbour (French)Camera aabb.svg
  14. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121717 6 June 1944 Museum (French)Camera aabb.svg
  15. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121716 Lavoir (French)
  16. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121715 Town Hall and Boys' Primary School (French)
  17. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121709 Village (French)Camera aabb.svg
  18. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121708 Houses and Hotels (French)Camera aabb.svg
  19. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121718 Presbytery at 4 avenue de l'Amiral Mountbatten (French)
  20. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121712 Monumental Cross at Rue du Calvaire (French)
  21. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121713 Cemetery (French)
  22. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00121711 Parish Church of Saint Peter (French)
  23. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14005208 Samaritan at the well and Nazareth Workshop IM14005201 Virgin at Prayer and Saint Joseph IM14001180 Prayers and offerings by Sailors to the Virgin (French)Camera aabb.svg
  24. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001199 Ciborium for the sick IM14001198 Ciborium (1) IM14001197 Ciborium (2) (French)Camera aabb.svg
  25. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001196 Paten (French)
  26. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001195 Monstrance (French)
  27. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001194 Chalice (French)
  28. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001193 Box for Oil for the sick (French)
  29. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001192 Ex-voto Painting: Fishermen in danger (French)Camera aabb.svg
  30. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001191 Painting: Saint Peter (French)Camera aabb.svg
  31. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001190 Painting: Saint Paul (French)Camera aabb.svg
  32. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001189 Cross: Christ on the Cross (French)
  33. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001188 Table (French)
  34. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001187 34 Pews (French)
  35. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001186 Choir bench and wood panelling (French)
  36. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001185 Pulpit (French)
  37. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001184 Baptismal font (French)
  38. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001183 Altar, Tabernacle, and Retable (French)
  39. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001182 Altar (French)
  40. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001181 Altar (1) (French)
  41. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14001179 Furmniture in the Church (French)

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