Normandy offers visitors superb beach holidays. Carteret on the west coast of the Cotentin Peninsula is a firm family favourite. The beautiful sands are complemented by the lively little town and it's just a short sea hop to the Channel Islands. The Normandy beaches are also known as the Invasion or D-day beaches and they saw fierce fighting in June 1944. Today, many WW2 visitor sites and memorials are located on Normandy's beaches - Utah, Gold, Omaha, Sword and Juno. Further along the coast, picturesque Honfleur is a firm favourite - walk along the promenade to reach its sandy beach whilst the Alabaster Coast is great for ramblers.