As the name suggests, Dives-sur-Mer is a coastal town, located within the Calvados department of Normandy, northern France. This picturesque fishing port’s main claim to fame is that in 1066 it was the point from where William the Conqueror departed for his infamous conquest of England. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Dives-sur-Mer will find that there is a good choice of self catering rental accommodation available here. There are apartments and villas set within the town, many enjoying open sea and harbour views, as well as rustic old gites and farmhouses set in the surrounding countryside.
Although Dives-sur-Mer is not as developed for the tourist market as some other towns within this part of Normandy, nevertheless this busy little harbour town still offers visitors plenty too see and do. Tourists spending their holidays in Dives-sur-Mer may wish to explore the region’s scenic coastline, by way of taking a pleasure boat trip, which regularly depart from the town’s modern Port Guillame marina. Reflecting the town’s fascinating history, the ‘Village of William the Conqueror’ is a popular draw amongst visitors to the town, with its mixture of original and recreated half timber houses lining its cobbled streets, lined with shops and art galleries. The town’s busy 14th century market hall is another interesting historical attraction.
Tourists looking to spend their holidays in Dives-sur-Mer will find that the town is well located for discovering the delights of the Normandy coastline and countryside. They may wish to hire a car or bicycle and visit the many pretty villages and chateaux dotting the rolling landscape. Alternatively the fashionable coastal resort of Deauville is a short drive from the town, as is Bayeux with its world famous tapestry. Visitors prepared to travel a bit farther afield will discover that Paris, the ‘City of Romance’, can be reached by car within two hours.
As is the case with most of northern France, visitors enjoying their holidays in Dives –sur-Mer will discover that the town has a mild temperate climate. Summers tend to be mild, with temperatures often reaching the mid to late 20s degrees Celsius. Winter temperatures average between 7 and 10 degrees and the region receives an average annual rainfall of around 24 inches.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Dives-sur-Mer have the choice of travelling by sea or by air from the UK. There is a regular cross-channel ferry crossing operated by P & O from Portsmouth to nearby Le Havre. Travellers choosing to fly will find that at approximately 100 miles away, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is the nearest international airport. There are numerous airlines operating regular flights here from the UK, to include British Airways, easyJet, Flybe and Air France. These flights depart from several regional UK airports, to include London Heathrow (LHR), Manchester (MAN) and Edinburgh (EDI).