La Baleine de Luc

Tourist Office

The Tourist Office welcomes you to Luc-sur-Mer, a listed seaside resort since 1921, in a central location on the Côte de Nacre, midway between the ports of Courseulles-sur-Mer and Ouistreham. Luc-sur-Mer bids you a warm welcome and offers a variety of entertainments for all ages, in a family atmosphere.

Opening hours on our website here 

Telephone: +0033 (0)231 97 33 25
Fax: +0033 (0)231 96 65 09
E-mail :

L'office de Tourisme de Luc-sur-mer
Tourist Office Luc-sur-mer 



Discovering Luc-sur-Mer and the surrounding area  

Practical information:

  • " Weather update - Telephone: +0033 (0)892 680814  
  • " Tide times at your disposal

Maps locating tourist attractions

  • " Flyers in several languages
  • " List of accommodation
  • " Visiting the area (Caen, the D-Day landing beaches, tourist roads in the Calvados, Douvres-la-Délivrande, Bayeux, Bénouville, la Côte Fleurie, Mont Saint-Michel…)  

For sports and games and other entertainments at Luc-sur-Mer   

  • " Crazy golf
  • " Swimming pool
  • " Summer sports activities: Tennis, Beach-volley, Sailing, Boules, Badminton…  

A programme of summer entertainments is brought out each summer during May, obtainable free on request from the Tourist Office.


The sea, the beach, the cliffs…

The beach at Luc-sur-Mer is lined with a mile-long promenade for an enjoyable stroll.  
During spring tides, the sea uncovers the rocks, and shrimping is possible.

Anglers on the other hand will be casting their lines off the Jetée des Pêcheurs at high tide. This pier was brought in from Ouistreham and assembled in 1971 in the extension of the Brèche Marais.

The sea around us is a source both of life and enjoyment. So it is crucial that we respect and protect it.  


Beach safety

Beach safety is ensured by a team of qualified lifeguards. Two rescue stations are in place, one on the promenade, between the clock and the Casino, the other to the east of the Jetée des Pêcheurs.

The promenade is fitted with a public address system. It is used not only to broadcast news about leisure activities, but also to reassure families looking for a child who has wandered off.

Shrimping on the Côte de Nacre

First of all, whatever kind of shrimping you do, you will need wellingtons or shoes with antiskid soles to avoid slipping on the seaweed.

You don't necessarily need any equipment to go shrimping.

At low tide, the rocks are no longer submerged. You can find mussels on them. Avoid mussels too close to the shore or detached from the rocks. You may also find winkles.

Depending on your equipment, you can hunt for clams on the sandbanks, razor-shells, shrimps, edible crabs, velvet swimming crabs etc.

Warning! A beeline is not the shortest way from the shore to the rocks.
There are passages providing access to the rocks without risking getting soaked or falling in a deep pool.

Do not wait until the last minute to come back off the rocks.
During a spring tide, the tide comes in fast, and a place that you may have crossed with water up to your ankles may turn out to be a hole 2 or 3 metres deep. Work on the basis that at low tide you have another half hour's shrimping.

Watch out for fog.
It may get foggy all of a sudden, so you are advised to carry a compass and a whistle whenever you go shrimping.


The Cliffs

Heading for the cliffs between Luc-sur-Mer and Lion-sur-Mer, fossil lovers will have a field day looking for fossils from the Mesozoic and Jurassic periods (around 160 million years ago). A fossil is evidence of biological activity in ancient times. It is generally described as the remnant of the imprint of a plant or animal. Fossils must be picked up off the beach and not removed from the cliff face.


Footpath and cycle track

2415 metres long, it links the sea-front at Luc-sur-Mer, starting at the camp site, to the magnificent Basilica at Douvres-la-Délivrande. This path allows quiet walks and bicycle rides in safety with the children


For further information about what's on in terms of activities, entertainments and shows, go to the section "Leisure, Culture and Sports/ Entertainment" or make enquiries at the Tourist Office.

During the tourist season a Calendar of Events is published and distributed by the Town Hall and the Tourist Office. During the off-season, a monthly information bulletin Actuluc is published and distributed to the "goblins" of Luc.