Merville-Franceville-Plage and its surroundings is a moving kingdom where land and water intertwine at the heart of two universes. Places of memory, preserved coastline, wetlands and finials: on the way for a kaleidoscope of landscapes!

The youngest of stations

Located between Ouistreham and Cabourg, Merville-Franceville-Plage is the first seaside resort on the Côte Fleurie when coming from Caen. Created later than its neighbors Cabourg et Houlgate, Merville-Franceville-Plage was born in 1898. The resort developed above all in the inter-war period, at a time when sea bathing was no longer reserved for a certain aristocracy. With the arrival of the first paid holidays and the development of popular summer entertainment, it quickly attracted many residents of the capital.

Famille observant la nature à un poste d'observation de la réserve ornithologique du gros banc
Vue sur le pumptrack de Merville

Today, Merville-Franceville-Plage is a friendly, family resort with a wealth of water and leisure activities, which combines the dapper charm of a flowery village, the grandeur of a site marked by history, and the attraction of a vast beach and a natural area. 

But why Merville-Franceville-Plage?

If this question tickles you, know that the name is not the result of the merger of two municipalities. It is the result of the meeting between the historic rural village, Merville, and the domain of Franceville-Plage, the first housing estate built on the sea side and the base of the contemporary town.

The name "Merville-Franceville-Plage" appeared for the first time in 1923 on the pediment of the station served by the small tourist train of the time. But it was not until 1931 that the town officially adopted this name, perpetuating its dual identity: between land and sea. 

A place of memory and know-how

80% destroyed after the bombings of 1944, Merville-Franceville-Plage has been rebuilt, while keeping its family and natural character.

What makes Merville-Franceville-Plage so unique is its history but also its ancestral know-how which, together, crosses time. Around the station, a few establishments and war buildings will revive this knowledge and these fragments of history.


A unique place

Since 180 years, the Pottery of Mesnil de Bavent maintains a rare and authentic know-how around the finial.

Panorama of the Orne estuary

At the crossroads between two worlds (fresh water and sea water), theOrne estuary draws the station's horizon to the northwest. It is a place where the magic of nature expresses itself without timidity. Many species such as the birds and seals that live there sometimes lend themselves to observation games.

The bay of Orne is also a Marina, with a 200-berth mooring area, 60 of which are afloat.

Vue aérienne du port de plaisance de Merville

The cradle of kitesurfing and fantasy in Normandy

3 femmes costumées lors du festival Cidre et Dragon à Merville

Dressed in a diving outfit or an elf costume, purists will never stop telling you:

Merville-Franceville-Plage, or Meravilla for friends, it is in Normandy the cradle of kitesurfing but also that of the imaginary, the fantastic, the medieval and the fantasy with the Cider & Dragon Festival.

But that's not all, since 2011, the resort has been labeled Famille Plus : a national distinction which guarantees visitors a welcome, entertainment, supervised activities and special attention for families.

What to do in Merville-Franceville-Plage?

Are you passing through the resort for a short or long stay? Find some ideas of places to visit with this little list, not exhaustive, things to see!

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