Baie de la Seine or Baie de Seine
(Bay of the Seine [River]) is a bay in northern
It is a
wide, rectangular inlet of the English Channel, approximately 100 kilometres (east-west) by 45
kilometres, bounded in the west by the Cotentin
Peninsula, in the south by the Normandy coast and in the east by the estuary of
the river Seine at Le Havre.
coast alternates between sandy beaches and rocky promontories and,
in general, it offers little shelter for shipping. At the western end of
the bay are the Îles Saint-Marcouf.
is the major port of the region; there are minor harbours at
Barfleur, Port-en-Bessin, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Langrune-sur-Mer, Ouistreham, Trouville-sur-Mer and Honfleur.
Domestic and foreign tourists visit the coast, given its World War
II associations, sandy beaches and proximity to Paris. There are coastal
resorts at Arromanches, Deauville, Cabourg, Houlgate, Villers-sur-Mer, Trouville-sur-Mer and Honfleur.
Battles of Barfleur and
La Hogue were naval battles fought off Barfleur and Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue in the 17th century.
Normandy coast was the location, during World War II, of the main Allied landings in France; the
unavailability of significant harbours caused the Allies to
construct artificial harbours (Mulberries) at Arromanches and Omaha
There are remains of these harbours at