Welcome to Seine-Maritime
With an exceptional landscape and heritage, be sure to explore the various aspects of this small part of Normandy, with 130 km of coastline, the area offers many seaside resorts. The Albâtre Coast is known worldwide with towns like Étretat or Dieppe, made popular by artists, and it is particularly attractive due to its exceptional setting. There is no doubt that by choosing the Seine-Maritime, you can be sure to enjoy high-quality experience.
Which are the 5 major agglomerations in Seine-Maritime ?
The Seine-Maritime is lapped by the Manche River from the Seine estuary to the Bresle river mouth. It is split into 4 large agglomerations and forms part of Normandy's most densely populated region. Bordering the departments of Somme, Oise, Calvados and Eure, it lies between the land and sea. This territory promises unforgettable moments and new discoveries. It provides a wide range of panoramas with a great variety of lights and colors. The bucolic, sporting, cultural and other types of activities that Seine-Maritime offers you are all equally captivating, whether you are a couple, a family or friends.
Metropolis of Rouen Normandy
Composed by 71 communes, the Metropole Rouen Normandie is the main agglomeration of Seine-Maritime and the most populous territory of Normandy. With the Seine running through it, it is a very attractive territory, a major economic hub and the leading cereal port in Western Europe. The historic capital of Normandy and nicknamed the city of a hundred steeples, Rouen is an exciting city with an exceptional religious and architectural heritage. As a medieval city by excellence, it is pleasant to stroll in the old districts with their cobbled streets, lined with ancient houses, you will find a great historic heritage, such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Saint-Ouen Abbey, the Saint-Maclou Church, the Gros-Horloge, the Law Courts, the medieval necropolis. The wide range of cultural activities will satisfy the most demanding art and tradition lovers, with the Fine Arts Museum, the Ceramics Museum, the Le Secq des Tournelles Ironworks Museum, the Museum, the Panorama XXL, the Armada, etc. Neither can one evoke Rouen without thinking of Joan of Arc, several buildings allowing one to recall her story, from the trial at the dungeon to the stake on the old market square, through the Joan of Arc Historial. Besides this historic and cultural choice of activities, there is also a very rich and diversified leisure offer, such as the Seine banks, the Jardin des Plantes and various walks.
Urban Community of Le Havre
When one evokes Le Havre, it immediately brings to mind its harbor, located on the right bank of the Seine estuary, facing to the Channel, the Metropolis regroups 54 municipalities, where the local economy is actually turned towards the sea. The second largest port in France for all traffic, it is nevertheless the leading container terminal in the country. The city was founded by François Premier in 1517 and largely destroyed during the 1944 bombings. Its 150 hectares of reconstruction of its city center, was assigned to the architect Auguste Perret, a reinforced concrete construction specialist. Although its architecture was contested for many years, its city center has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 2005, thus marking the real recognition of the architectural patrimony, which is resolutely modern, and that of its architect. In Le Havre, you will learn a lot about the 20th century, with buildings of great architectural and artistic value. The majestic and impressive octagonal lantern tower of the Saint-Joseph church, which looks like a New York skyscraper, overlooks the city from the top of 107 m. The Oscar-Niemeyer space, made up of 2 volcanic-shaped buildings, was built at the end of the 70's by a Brazilian architect, the André Malraux museum of modern art, all these places can only delight the art and culture lovers.
Dieppe and its agglomeration, also called the city of 4 ports, is composed of 16 communes and is located halfway between Paris and London. It is worth noting the fishing port and its fish market, which specializes in scallops and sardines. A seaside resort, with a casino, Dieppe is one of the closest beaches to Paris and hosts the International Festival of Kite flying every two years. In the 19th century, Dieppe was the first place to be popular for sea bathing and since then, it has become one of the most famous seaside resorts in Seine-Maritime. It guarantees a particularly rich stay, from the top of the 14th century castle the view on the beach and the city is exceptionally beautiful and its museum exposes ivory objects carved in Dieppe between the 16th and the 20th century, and presents the maritime history of the city. The 11th century Saint-Jacques church and the 16th and 17th century Saint-Rémi church are also worth a visit, as is the picturesque Place du Puits Salé. If you want to know more about the coastline and the biodiversity of Normandy, the museum l'Estran Cité de la Mer could introduce you to it. For the gourmets, they can taste, in all forms, the scallop, the herring, the local king fish, which is honored by organizing the "herring festival" in November.
Fécamp Caux Littoral agglomeration
Fécamp is a charming and authentic town with a rich past that bears witness to the great period of industrial fishing. It is made up of 33 municipalities, located in the Côte d'Albâtre region, on the Manche coastline, in the northwestern part of the Seine-Maritime department. Locally, the economy is structured around services and traditional activities, fishing or emerging sectors such as marine renewable energy. As far as heritage and culture are concerned, we can note the Benedictine Palace, where the famous liqueur is made, and major events such as the sea festival or of the herring. With a wide range of leisure activities due to the natural assets, the seaside resort of the Côte d'Albâtre has a great charm, ancient city of the Dukes of Normandy, with a beautiful architectural and seaside heritage thanks to its beach, its high cliffs, but also its valley which gives you access to the sea at the bottom of cliffs. Cape Fagnet is not only a point reserved for hikers, it is home to an ornithological reserve and a chapel of the 11th century containing many ex-voto. From the 105 m of the impressive cliff, the site also offers a superb panorama on Fécamp and the sea. Regarding culture, many interesting buildings are to be discovered in this seaside town, the abbey of the Holy Trinity, the Benedictine palace, etc.
Agglomeration Caux Vallée de Seine
Located between Rouen and Le Havre, Terres-de-Caux is a commune in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy, about 20 km southeast of Fécamp, and includes 50 municipalities. The territory belongs to the natural region of the Pays de Caux, which is a plateau bounded by the Seine River to the south, the Varenne and Austreberthe valleys to the east and the cliffs of the Alabaster Coast. Its countryside is dedicated to the production of cereals and the farms are surrounded by orchards and wooded areas. This is one of its best assets for tourism, with routes along the green landscape. The agglomeration has heritage buildings, in Fauville, the Romanesque-Byzantine church of Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, in Auzouville-Auberbosc, a detour by the church Saint-Léger d'Auzouville from the 16th and 18th, on the village of Bennetot, the 17th century church dedicated to St. Andrew and St. Eutrope and the 15th century sandstone cross in the cemetery is with the Christ on one side and the Virgin on the other. In Bermonville, the church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité is Romanesque and dates from the 12th century, as is the church of Sainte-Croix in Ricarville, and the proud church of Saint-Pierre-Lavis. You will also discover the abbey of Valasse, the Gallo-Roman theater of Lillebonne, the manor of Vertot and in the hamlet of La Chaussée, a superb dovecote from the 16th century. Lovers of hiking and nature tours can get all the necessary information about the itineraries at the tourism office.
What are the 13 Communities of communes in Seine-Maritime ?
Just like the large agglomerations of Seine-Maritime, the small and rural communities of the region have joined together, from Pays de Caux to Pays de Bray, from the Seine Valley to the Manche coastline, in order to form 13 communities of communes. Each of them, thus reunited, has its own development plan, for both tourism and business centers, in order to make their region more attractive and to enhance the value of their assets for companies and for tourists.
The 4 Rivers area
This destination will surely seduce you thanks to its history and beauty. The 4 Rivers area is located in the heart of the Bray region, at the borders of the regions of Beauvaisis, Oise, Eure and Vexin. The thermal town of Forges les eaux is the main point of interest of this region where you can be sure to enjoy some moments of pure escape, in villages of authentic and hilly countryside. The local heritage is more access on the rural world and the quality of the local products, to enjoy a holiday full of serenity and simplicity.
The Bray Eawy Community
From the historic and monumental heritage of the country, the territory of the Community Bray-Eawy hides marvels which are going to arouse your curiosity. The different places will plunge you into the daily life of the Brayons of the last century, a breath of fresh air guaranteed in the heart of the Pays de Bray. Discover a rich and varied nature, between forest massifs and Norman bocage, with a community of municipalities that is engaged in an approach of reasoned tourist development for its entire territory.
The Caux countryside
This region of the Caux country offers a beautiful landscape, thanks to its patrimony and the green environment, in addition to its proximity for water sports. If the nature has some character in the Caux countryside, the legends are also very persistent and alive, they are still living in many villages of the region. The most famous one, being that of the Red Dwarf, which arrived with the Viking invasion. He then fell in love with the steep cliffs and wind-blown fields and never left.
The Caux Austreberthe
The community of the communes is situated on the edge of the Pays de Caux, opposite to the plateau sector, the Austreberthe valley is extremely steep, reaching up to 60 m at the Barentin level. It goes deeply into the plateau and ensures the link between the center of the Caux region and the Seine valley. At the bottom of this valley, the Austreberthe River meanders for 9 km through the territory and joins the Seine after crossing Rouen.
The Albâtre Coast
This territory is located in a preserved environment combining the sea and the countryside, and is evolving into a tourism sector that favors its growth. The coastline is 30 km long and the hinterland is surprisingly beautiful. Whether it is the taste of its products or simply the beauty of the scenery, the coast will surely enchant you. Punctuated by famous seaside resorts, pebble beaches and fishing villages, the most exigent of visitors will be seduced.
The cliffs of Talou
Situated on the edge of Dieppe, the Talou is an ancient medieval county which was also called the county of Arques. It extended along the Channel coast from Dieppe to Eu and penetrated inland as far as Neufchâtel-en-Bray, but today it still has the main outline, and the cliffs constitute the maritime part. Nature is preserved there, so that bathers, fishermen and river anglers as well as hikers can enjoy their activities in a favorable environment.
The Inter Caux Vexin
A land that welcomes visitors coming to enjoy the scenery, historical monuments and the interesting tourist sites that are scattered around the country. You will be seduced by the preserved natural environment and the rich cultural heritage of the Normandy region. This destination will surprise you by its many gardens and parks, museums and castles or even its rural heritage. However, don't miss out on its sights and patrimony, it is located in the heart of an almost unspoiled landscape, it would be a shame not to explore them all.
Nestled in the Bresle and Yeres valleys, on the borders of the Pays de Bray and two steps away from the coasts of Le Tréport and the Bay of Somme, let's discover an abundant natural environment ideal for hikes, as well as a diversified industrial, touristic or memorial heritage. An integral part of the region's history and a treasure of the past, you have to visit the Normandy houses, the industry of luxury vials, and the V1 launching sites of 1944. They all contribute to enhance the value and the beauty of the area.
During your visit in the villages of the Community of communes, do not miss out the charm of its three valleys, which are formed by the courses of the Béthune, the Eaulne and of the Yères. Those three rivers shape the countryside in green valleys, among the most beautiful sceneries of the region. If you are a hiker or just a lover of beautiful views, you are in the right region. 3 circuits have been traced, two circuits of nature and heritage of 6/7 km and the other one on a 4 day tour of 78 km on the topic of Talou.
The Caux plateau
A rural destination, as soon as the weather is good, the plateau of Caux gets busy and provides a real nature bath. It is definitely a good time to get away from it all and to discover the hidden treasures of Seine-Maritime. The clos-masures of the Pays de Caux, as well as the mottes castrales, the first fortifications of Normandy's Dukes, are all part of its touristic particularities. The Plateau de Caux is a pleasant and convivial area which has remained for many years in close contact with nature and preserved its typical villages.
Between nature, heritage, leisure and local produce, let yourself be surprised by the capital of the Pays de Caux, the surrounding villages and countryside. The local community welcomes you, in a well preserved setting, conducive to resourcing and disconnecting, just long enough to recharge your batteries. To take full advantage of Yvetot and the surrounding area, do not hesitate to take a road trip along the country roads and find inspiration in the middle of fields of flax in bloom and typical villages of this highly fascinating region.
Terroir de Caux
You are sure to find the activity that best suits your visit to the Terroir de Caux, whether it be cultural visits, nature walks, sports activities or family fun. From the seaside resort of Quiberville-sur-Mer, to the villages of the countryside, you will have enough to satisfy your curiosity in original walks through wetlands where marshes, ponds with rivers come together, later, a trip to the land of wizards, passing by the miraculous fountains, a haunted castle, legendary crosses and calvaries.
If there is a territory that can boast about its exceptional diversity, it is the one of the "Villes Sœurs", astride 2 regions (Normandy and Hauts de France), here you'll find most of what makes up the diversity of the French soil, the sea, forests, valleys around small coastal rivers, meadows and salt marshes. Only the mountain is missing from the scenery, but also the cliffs offer majestic landscapes, from the sea to the countryside, the territory is full of interesting spots to visit and must-see places.
What are the things not to miss during your stay in Seine-Maritime ?
The department is full of options for you to explore or visit the region, it also offers many different leisure activities to enrich your stay in Seine-Maritime. Whatever you are planning to do, as a family, a couple or a group with friends, you are spoilt of choice. It's up to you to decide on what best suits you. There are 3 main touristic attractions in the county: the Albâtre coast, the rural areas and the Seine valley, plus the opportunity to taste some of the local flavors.
Alabaster Coast, a true jewel
Thus beautiful and bewitching, the Alabaster Coast is a unique place, with amazing landscapes, and secret valleys, which allow you to reach the beach among the high vertical walls, away from small fishing harbors and other seaside resorts.
Multi-faceted locations and itineraries, along the way, punctuated by stories and tales which will enrich each step in your journey, taking you on the road as you discover the authentic villages and towns whose heritage you will be revealing.
The Abbeys of Normandy
Abbeys are also an essential element of the Normandy landscape. For centuries, they have stood proudly in the four corners of the Normandy region, bearing witness to the influence and past greatness of the ecclesiastical and religious world of that era.
Castles of the Seine
Since the Viking era to the Duchy of Normandy's independence, from le Havre up to Elbeuf, the history of the region has left many traces and all the castles built along the Seine Valley bear witness to it.
Surprising panoramas, which inspired the great names of impressionist painting, towpaths and fluvial customs, Seine and its meandering paths offer many places to discover on the tourist roads that can be surveyed.
From clos-masures in the Caux region, to farms in the Bray area and feudal mounds, to the luxury glass factories in the Bresle Valley, the various facets of the countryside around the Seine-Maritime region all express their unique personality.
Walking in Normandy
Don't miss the waymarked paths in Seine-Maritime, either for hiking, horse riding, cycling, driving or motorcycling, the loops of the tourist roads will give you the chance to live memorable moments and discoveries.
The nautical festivals
The main attraction is the herring, " the royal fish " which used to be the livelihood for hundreds of fishermen's families. Many towns celebrate the herring in autumn, but mussels, the sea and water sports are also celebrated.
The Albâtre Coast hosts a lot of nautical activities in summer and winter in its several coastal resorts of Haute-Normandie, many nautical centers and training centers will welcome you for a diving experience, or to learn about sailing.
Culinary delights and flavors
For many people, Normandy is synonym of taste and flavor. The Seine-Maritime wishes to reveal the best of Norman products and proudly exposes its culinary specialties based on fish, cheese, apples and cream.
Things to do and visit during a stay on the Alabaster Coast
The Alabaster Coast
Bathed by the green and blue waters of the English Channel, it presents the most impressive scenery in Normandy. Between Le Havre and Le Tréport, through Fécamp and Dieppe, the seaside resorts of the Alabaster Coast are full of charm. Many are the artists to have succumbed. Renowned for their white chalk cliffs, they extend over almost 130 km and create a moving spectacle, following the rhythm of tides and constantly changing light effects. Many are the artists who could not escape this irresistible attraction caused by these impressive cliffs. Monet, Sisley, Boudin, Pissarro drew their inspiration there, as did Maurice Leblanc who made the town of Étretat and its surrounding area the setting for his successful novels featuring Arsène Lupin, the gentleman of burglars. With its authentic pebble beaches, its amazing valleys and fishing villages, the Côte d'Albâtre is full of surprises.
The Valleuses of the Alabaster Coast
A real geological curiosity specific to the Pays de Caux, the valleys are the result of the lifting of the plates 2 million years ago. These are small valleys leading to the beaches at the bottom of the cliffs, where you can discover exceptional, unusual or intimate places, whose access can sometimes be a little perilous. Depending on the location, you can get there directly by a small road, or by a path and sometimes even by a staircase carved in the chalk or by a ladder. That's exactly the charm of the valleys that succeed one another, from Le Havre to Le Tréport, revealing cracks in the impressive cliffs of the Côte d'Albâtre. Going to discover them is a great experience, with grandiose panoramas and small corners of paradise, they are all unique. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the main ones between Étreta and Fécam, starting with the Antifer Valley where you can appreciate, from another angle, the Manneporte and the cliffs of Étretat. A bit further, the valleys of Étigues, Vaucottes, Yport or Senneville-sur-Fécamp are also very enchanting. Near Varengeville, a few kilometers from Dieppe, the valleys are also among the most impressive. The one at Vasterival leads to a breathtaking view. Further on, the Moutiers valley is nestled under the church and the marine cemetery of Varengeville-sur-Mer, together with the valleys of Saint-Martin aux Buneaux and Port-Saint-Martin, one of the most picturesque in the Seine-Maritime. Between the beach of Pourville and the lighthouse of Ailly, there are no less than 5 valleys that offer you their stunning views.
The beaches of the Alabaster Coast
More than 26 beaches invite visitors to come and discover their particularities along the 130 km of coastline from Le Havre to Tréport. Sometimes they are nestled in the hollows of valleys, sometimes they have a more intimate air and sometimes they are much more lively, like the larger resorts on the coast. However, many beaches are quiet and peaceful, even during summer season. The fashion for sea bathing, launched by the Duchess of Berry, has allowed a resort like Dieppe to develop since 1824. Other towns such as Le Havre and Sainte-Adresse quickly followed the movement and then Fécamp, Étretat and Le Tréport, were popular with famous people such as Alphonse Karr, Anaïs Aubert and Offenbach, who came to try this new fashion. They were soon imitated by the Parisian aristocracy, who in turn came to settle in these new places where it was necessary to show off. Towards 1848, with the opening of the railroad line which linked Paris to Dieppe and Le Havre, the arrival of tourists to the Alabaster Coast was greatly facilitated. This new arrival came in addition to the many English people who were already visiting the resort thanks to the cross-Channel link from Dieppe to Newhaven. The whole coast started to build large and luxurious hotels, casinos, numerous belle-époque style villas, as well as sports facilities, in order to satisfy the demands of the bourgeoisie. The bombings of the Second World War unfortunately decimated this beautiful heritage, still visible in some resorts.
Marine cities of the Alabaster Coast
Among valleys, beaches, small fishing ports and large marine cities, the Albâtre Coast abounds in beauty with superb landscapes and panoramas. In the south and at the mouth of the Seine, the ocean city of Le Havre, created by François I, stands proudly more than 500 years after its birth, even if events had almost wiped it off the map. From the day it was built as a military port, the city has always been turned towards the sea, the Cité Océane still confirms its role as a great maritime metropolis. Higher up, going up the coast to the north, Fécamp, near the cliffs of Étretat, is the former capital of the Terre-neuvas and the Dukes of Normandy, it is also a great maritime city. World famous for its Benedictine liqueur, it lives to the incessant rhythm of the tides. A fishing port, less active than in the past, it is now a tourist and pleasure port. Its Museum of Fisheries pays tribute to the life of the sailors who used to go on long campaigns off Iceland and Greenland and whose activity was a source of livelihood for the whole town. Saint-Valéry-en-Caux is a small town whose port is in the center of the city, accessible only on the rising tide, it is mainly turned towards pleasure boating, even if it still shelters some fishermen. The city of Dieppe has 4 ports and is home to sailboats, trawlers, cargo ships and ferries. It is also known as the capital of the scallop. Le Tréport port is located at the northern border of the Seine-Maritime, near the Bay of the Somme and harmoniously completes the list of the beautiful marine cities of the Seine-Maritime coast.
Nautical festivals of the Alabaster Coast
These marine cities all live to the rhythm brought by the tides, whose festivals are also turned towards the sea, so many opportunities to celebrate it throughout the year. The most important of them is in autumn, the municipalities celebrate the " royal fish " because the herring alone has made hundreds of families live. In Dieppe, no less than 100,000 visitors flock every year to taste it in large boucanes. However, it is also celebrated in Tréport, Étretat, Fécamp and Saint-Valéry-en-Caux. We find it then, bloated, smoked, marinated or prepared in net, under the eyes of the hungry visitors, armed with their plate and covered with their biggest smile. The scallop festival is also a serious business, as Dieppe is the leading port in France for scallop fishing and is associated with the Herring Day. They can be tasted on the spot, freshly taken out of the water or directly cooked on the quays, as well as bought on the fishermen's stands, to be prepared once back home. An other shellfish gives place to festivities, it is the mussel which is celebrated each summer, since 1978, in Le Tréport, the city takes then accents of the north. At the time of the event, about half a ton of mussel is cooked. All these festivities take place in the port cities of Seine-Maritime, they are punctuated by gatherings, marine processions and blessing of boats at sea, the priest is embarked for the event. The annual "Fête du Nautisme" is the kick-off event of the summer season in France. This is the opportunity to discover the latest in leisure and water sports, or to share a passion with people who are living it.
Just like a painting, a journey on the Alabaster Coast, it's a snapshot you'll get at that moment, on the next journey, it will be a new picture that will be offered to you. The cliffs will continue to evolve, to take shape, to reshape themselves to the incessant rhythm of the tides, calm or impetuous. Some needles will disappear, while others will resist and it is nature that will make your picture as special and unique as the time you spend here.
Which are the 33 towns and villages not to be missed in Seine-Maritime ?
The center of Allouville-Bellefosse is a town with all the necessary shops and with many craftsmen. Its thousand year old oak tree with 2 chapels inside is a curiosity that deserves a visit. It has even been chosen as a set for a film in 1980. The commune has been awarded the special grand prize of the jury in the departmental competition of towns and villages in bloom and received its first flower in the regional competition. The Nature Museum presents the fauna and flora of the region and a rescue center for oiled birds. In addition, several events are organized throughout the year, including the wood festival every two years, horticultural, retro and night markets, or an exhibition of 1,200 cribs from around the world.
The municipality of Barentin is located in Normandy and is crossed by the tourist valley of the Austreberthe. It has been famous since the beginning of the 11th century and is oriented towards high technology and tourism. The old monuments are numerous, such as the Saint-Martin church and the Saint-Hélier chapel. You can also see the town hall, a fountain, statues and the Montdory theater. To discover the history of Barentin, you can visit the museum and the market. In June, the Summer Festivals present many interesting shows. A replica of the Statue of Liberty and works by Auguste Rodin and Paul Belmondo are on display, as is the railway viaduct on the Paris - Le Havre line. An outdoor theater set up in 1956 allows visitors to enjoy shows throughout the year.
Blangy sur Bresle
Located between the Bresle and the Haute-Forêt d'Eu, the village of Blangy-sur-Bresle was home to King Henry IV who stayed at the Fontaine manor in 1592. The Bresle valley is classified as a first category river and is home to trout and salmon. The forest of Eu has several massifs with remarkable trees, an ideal place for forest hikes. Be sure to visit the arboretum of the botanical garden in the village, where you will find numerous plant species. Other interesting detours include the Notre-Dame church and the Fontaine manor house, which are listed. You should also visit the Fatra, a reconstructed Merovingian village. The leisure center of the ponds offers various activities such as bowling or tennis courts. In addition to all these attractions, the city has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, fishing, walking and water sports.
The beautiful town of Bolbec is located in the department of Seine-Maritime. This charming place offers a variety of activities and sites to explore. The famous Moulin de Bolbec, where you can admire the water and wind mills dating back to the 18th century. Take a walk along the canals that run through the town and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There is also a museum in the city with a rich collection of old paintings and sculptures. Nearby, you will find parks and forests, beaches and hiking trails. The town of Bolbec is an ideal place for a relaxing stay and a memorable vacation. For nature, history and art lovers, Bolbec is a must-see tourist destination. For nature, history and art lovers, Bolbec is a must-see tourist spot, where you can discover hidden treasures and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Seine Bay.
A wonderful town located on the banks of the Seine River in the Seine Maritime region. Ideally suited for a relaxing vacation or for a more active stay, Caudebec-en-Caux offers a multitude of activities for all ages. Guests can enjoy the many beaches that border the town, along with seaside walks and hiking trails. Art museums and galleries offer a unique opportunity to discover the rich history and culture of the city. There is also a variety of dining options, including locally owned restaurants offering typical dishes of the region. With stores, cafes and bars, Caudebec-en-Caux is a great place to relax and enjoy the vacations.
The charming coastal village of Criel-sur-Mer is located about 40 km from Rouen. It is the perfect place to spend a holiday. Visitors can enjoy fishing, sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving. There are many opportunities for walking and biking around the coastal paths and shores of the English Channel coast. This region is also famous for its creeks and cliffs, offering spectacular sea views. Some of the most important sites to visit are: the Musée de la Mer, the Château de Criel-sur-Mer and the Monument aux Morts. Gastronomic restaurants offering a variety of cuisine and seafood products are also available.
Discover Dieppe, a charming and lively city, very well equipped and adapted to take full advantage of its long sandy beaches and of its spectacular rocky coasts. Also discover its historical buildings and monuments, such as the Château-Musée, the Saint-Jacques church, or the tide mill. Take a tour of the popular fishing port and its daily market, or stroll along the pedestrian streets lined with half-timbered houses. Be sure to try fresh seafood at any of the many fish restaurants in town. You may also wish to attend one of many festivals and celebrations that take place throughout the year. Come to Dieppe and enjoy a vacation with your family or friends. Feel free to come and explore all the pleasures the city has to offer.
A French commune located in the Seine-Maritime, Étretat is well known for its beaches and cliffs. It is a touristic site the most frequented of the region, with a natural beauty making it a special place for vacation. The village of Étretat is surrounded by creeks and beaches, where you can admire the incredible rock formations and also offers many water activities. There are museums, castles and cultural events to enjoy. Étretat is a unique mix of landscapes to suit all tastes. Explore the natural beauty of this region and enjoy the outdoor activities. Lastly, you can also appreciate the local gastronomy thanks to many restaurants that propose a variety of dishes.
A French commune located in the Seine-Maritime region, in Normandy. It is on the left bank of the Seine, just 30 km from Rouen, the prefecture of the department. It is one of the oldest cities in the region and has a varied and interesting history. It is renowned for having many historical monuments, including the Château de la Motte-Fouquet, the Musée de l'Histoire d'Elbeuf and the church of Saint-Nicolas. The city is also known for hosting many cultural activities, such as music festivals, theater and dancing performances, or art exhibitions. Moreover, a variety of restaurants and bars are available to enjoy a pleasant time. Finally, it is the ideal starting point for exploring the rest of the region.
Eu, town of character
Situated in the department of Seine-Maritime, Eu is a French commune. Only 40 kilometers from the capital, it is renowned for its splendid medieval castle, classified as a historical monument, and also for its picturesque city center. Many monuments can be admired, including a 12th century church, half-timbered houses and interesting museums. The town is also ideal for outdoor activities, thanks to its many beaches, wonderful gardens and hiking trails. Therefore, the city of Eu is a perfect place to spend an unforgettable day or weekend! Besides, Eu is home to the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Nature Park, which covers more than 10,000 hectares and is a great place for walking.
Fécamp is a town located in the Seine-Maritime region, close to the sea. This is a charming place to visit on vacation, full of fine sandy beaches and beautiful landscapes. The town features a variety of activities for all ages, from walks along the coast to visits to ancient abbeys. You will also be able to enjoy the local gastronomy and sea products, which makes it the ideal place to spend a good vacation in the sun and recharge your batteries. Visit this magnificent city and discover its rich historical heritage, as well as its monuments and museums. Moreover, the city organizes many events all year long, giving the visitors a lot of opportunities to have fun. Make the most of your stay to discover the culture and history of the region.
A charming spa town in the Seine-Maritime region, Forges-les-Eaux features a variety of activities and attractions, from a casino and thermal baths to beautiful historical monuments, parks and gardens. Also known for its rich cultural heritage, music shows and restaurants, this is a place to relax and enjoy the natural and historical sites. It is equally famous for the golf course, shopping centers and year-round entertainment. With something for every age group and for every interest, feel free to come and explore the wealth and beauty of Forges-les-Eaux and surrounding areas!
Just fifteen kilometers from Rouen, Jumièges is a town located in the Seine-Maritime region. This place is a very appreciated holiday resort. With its half-timbered houses and narrow streets, the village, founded in the 6th century, is a witness to the region's history. Among its most famous attractions is the monastery, built in the 7th century, which provides a breathtaking view of the Seine. Here you can walk along the footpaths, canoe on the Seine and admire the landscapes of the Norman countryside. Gourmet fans will not be outdone, due to the number of restaurants and the local products. Specialties such as cider, calvados and mussels can be tasted here. Visit Jumièges for a relaxing and authentic stay in Normandy!
It is a charming little town, with paved streets, middle-class houses and an ancient history, that tourists love. Visitors who like to stroll along the seaside will appreciate the port of La Bouille and the fine sandy beach. Those who are passionate about history should visit the castle, a vestige of the medieval period. A lovely destination for an unforgettable vacation! La Bouille's rich heritage is accompanied by numerous cultural events every year. There are concerts, shows, exhibitions, fairs and festivals all year long. La Bouille is also famous for its local cuisine, and its many restaurants and brasseries. A getaway to La Bouille promises great discoveries!
The seaside city of Le Havre is located in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy, second largest industrial port in France and a major economic center in the West. Le Havre offers a wide choice of activities and places to explore, from the underwater world of Sainte-Adresse beach, to the modern center of Le Havre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the architecture of St. Joseph's Church and the quays and canals. Le Havre is also known for its local food, local markets and culinary specialties. Whether you are looking for a city break or just a day relaxing on the beach, Le Havre is the perfect place to spend a short stay in Normandy.
The famous white cliff, which offers a breathtaking view of the sea, can be admired from Le Tréport, a charming little town in Seine-Maritime, located on the Normandy coast. The town is also known for its aquatic activities, beach and sea bathing, as well as for its many restaurants or bars, and its beautiful stores. The visitors can enjoy a walk on hiking trails leading up to spectacular sea viewpoints, among other things. Le Tréport is a perfect place to disconnect from the world and to enjoy nature, a perfect destination for anyone looking for a restful and relaxing experience in a natural setting. Nature lovers can visit the Baie de Somme park and discover its rich natural values.
Nice town located in Seine-Maritime. A walk along its paved streets will allow you to learn about its religious and historical heritage. Neufchâtel-en-Bray is also known for his famous cheese, the Neufchâtel, that is produced since centuries in the region and benefits from a label AOP. Moreover, Neufchâtel-en-Bray offers many tourist attractions, you can also visit the belfry, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the 12th century church of Notre-Dame. his region is equally renowned for the local produce markets and various festivals, where music, gastronomy and history are all combined, thus making it a perfect location for nature and culture lovers.
A picturesque seaside town in the Seine-Maritime region, Petit-Caux is known not only for its white sand beaches but also for its beautiful scenery. Visitors can enjoy a diversity of activities, including hiking, fishing, sailing or surfing. The community is also home to several interesting historical sites, museums and art galleries that should not be missed. The Festival de Musique de la Côte d'Albâtre, which takes place every year in Petit-Caux, is a major event for music fans. Don't miss the town's restaurants and cafes, where you can enjoy local food and drink, or the stores and craft markets where you can discover the rich heritage of the Petit-Caux region.
A small seaside community, Quiberville offers visitors sandy beaches and walks along its coastline. Guests can also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing and golfing. Quiberville has a rich historical and artistic heritage, with monuments such as the Manoir de Quiberville, dating from the 16th century. The commune is known for its delightful culinary specialties, including Quiberville's famous cookies, a perfect destination for a gourmet escape in Normandy. The town is home to the Musée des Traditions Normandes, a permanent exhibition on the history of the region. Music and drama fans will enjoy shows and concerts proposed by the "Théâtre du Bout du Monde".
Rives en Seine is a grouping of villages that have retained a rustic spirit and a picturesque setting. There are plenty of places to explore, especially the forest, a very popular hiking spot for both residents and visitors. There are several historical sites and monuments in the commune, such as the 18th century Château de Rives-en-Seine, which is now a museum housing a collection of ancient objects dating from medieval times to the 19th century. The region is also famous for its windmills, among which the one of La Poule or La Fauconnière. In July, every year, a classical music festival takes place in the village. Here you can walk on the banks of the Seine and observe the local flora and fauna.
Located in the Seine-Maritime region, Rouen, the capital of Normandy, is a city rich in historical significance and offers a wide range of activities to the visitors. Its cobblestone streets and medieval buildings are ideal to take you back in time. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Rouen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a magnificent example of medieval Gothic religious architecture. Another medieval testimony, the Saint-Maclou church impresses by its flamboyant style. The Place du Vieux-Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431, is one of the main sights of the city, including the Joan of Arc Tower and the Gros-Horloge, both important symbols of the city. A wide variety of restaurants and bars are waiting for you to enjoy the regional cuisine.
The town of Ry is located in the Seine-Maritime region, less than 30 minutes from Rouen and around 45 minutes from Deauville, a perfect destination for a relaxing vacation in the countryside, but not far from the sea. This ancient medieval village has a rich history and many monuments to discover. Take a look at the old half-timbered houses, the church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais, the water mill and the 15th-century château. For those who enjoy water sports, there are many lakes and rivers for fishing, canoeing and paddling. Additionally, the Marais Vernier nature reserve boasts stunning views of forests, rivers and marshes. Finally, there's a rich calendar of events to suit all ages: the plant fair, the music festival, the famous onion festival, etc.
Situated close to Deauville, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer boasts a 2 km long sandy beach bordered by a promenade. The perfect spot for water-based activities such as kitesurfing, stand-up paddling and windsurfing. You can also enjoy a variety of other activities, such as horseback riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, boat trips and angling. Families love the beach for its playgrounds and beach games such as pétanque and beach volleyball. Swimmers can take advantage of the beach facilities, with lifeguard surveillance every day in summer, and of the many bars and restaurants lining the beach, one of the region's most beautiful and rarest with fine sand.
A quiet little village of some 800 inhabitants, Saint-Jouin-Bruneval's main tourist attractions are the beautiful countryside and historic sites nearby. Visitors can tour the 17th-century château, the old water mill, the Saint-Jouin-Bruneval church and the windmill. There are plenty of hiking trails in the area. You can take a walk along the Yères river or the "sentier des contes", where you will admire green landscapes and windmills. The village is also close to Veules-les-Roses beach, which is one of the most beautiful in Normandy, allowing views of the cliffs and the imposing anchorages. Other activities include cycling, horse riding, fishing and canoeing on the Yères river.
This seaside resort is well known for the white cliffs and fine sandy beaches, offering a variety of tourist activities, including beach walks, hiking, water sports, visits to historic sites, museums and nature trails. Guests can also enjoy local markets, restaurants and bars, and live performances and concerts. The town abounds in interesting historical sites, especially the Manoir de la Tour, the Pont de la Libération and the Fort de Caux. Another of Saint-Valéry-en-Caux's strengths is its cultural events and festivities. Moreover, a wide range of sports are on offer, including swimming, tennis, golf, water skiing and snowboarding.
The commune is particularly renowned for being home to the famous Abbey of Saint-Wandrille-Rançon, founded in the 7th century by Saint Wandrille. This impressive building has been restored and now houses a Benedictine monastic community, museums and a library. The area is equally famed out for its many gardens and parks, including the 19-hectare Parc de Saint-Wandrille, home to numerous species of animals and plants. Both residents and tourists in Saint-Wandrille-Rançon can also choose between a variety of leisure activities, including watersports on the Seine, trekking and sporting activities such as golf, tennis and cycling.
Encircled by the towns of Montivilliers, Harfleur and Bolbec, Sotteville-sur-Mer is a popular destination for tourists looking for water activities, featuring a pebble beach and surfing opportunities. The commune also proposes many cultural visits, including tours of Sotteville-sur-Mer's historic monuments, while visitors can also enjoy strolling along the quays, attending local markets and sitting on the terraces of seaside cafés. Sotteville-sur-Mer is also famous for hosting an annual street arts festival in July, and for its flower market, held every Sunday from May to October.
Situated on the Côte d'Albâtre, to the east of Dieppe, Varengeville-sur-Mer is a commune renowned for both its spectacular scenery and its famous gardens, created by the landscape architect Alexandre Gresley. Ranked among the most beautiful gardens in France, these are surrounded by chalk cliffs, pine trees and orchards. The resort is also famous for its magnificent harbor, which houses a variety of fishing boats, yachts and pleasure craft. Also boasting fine sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs, the best-known of which is Plage des Vagues, just off the harbor, Varengeville-sur-Mer is a popular tourist destination with many museums, historical monuments and natural sites, making it an ideal starting point for exploring the coast.
Veule-les-Roses is one of the oldest seaside resorts on the Côte d'Albâtre, reputed for its sandy beaches and magnificent cliff-fringed landscapes. The commune also boasts a number of historic monuments, including the town hall, an 18th-century house and the Musée du Vieux Veule, but visitors can also take advantage of the many activities and attractions on offer in the area, including boat trips, fishing and windsurfing. Many festivals and events, such as the music and theater festival, are also organized throughout the year. The area is also renowned for its numerous restaurants serving typical local dishes.
Located on the Normandy coast, some 10 km southwest of Dieppe, Veulettes-sur-Mer is famous for its fine sandy beaches and stunning white cliffs, flanked by the cliffs of Varengeville and Dieppe. The commune is also home to a small traditional fishing port surrounded by beautiful fishermen's cottages and restaurants serving local produce. A number of hiking trails allow you to explore the nearby cliffs and beaches, or stroll along the banks of the Veules, France's smallest river, which flows through the commune. Veulettes-sur-Mer is rich in history and culture, with several churches to explore, such as the 15th-century church, the manor house and château de Fontaine-le-Dun. You'll also find several museums and galleries.
A very popular tourist destination for holiday-makers who come to appreciate its picturesque landscapes and sandy beaches. Villequier is a place of memory and heritage, with historic buildings, monuments and museums such as Saint-Saire Abbey, the former Prieuré de Villequier, the Musée de la Marine and the Musée Maritime de la Seine-Maritime. When it comes to outdoor activities, Villequier is a nature-lover's paradise, surrounded by forests, meadows and paths that are perfect for hiking and cycling. On its seafront, it offers beautiful beaches for swimming and sunbathing. It also offers a wide range of cultural activities and entertainment, including shows and concerts, exhibitions and craft fairs during the summer months.
This village is famous for its sheer cliffs, which rise over 40 meters above the sea, offering spectacular views of the English Channel, but also for its popular pebble beaches. Yport is an excellent place for nature lovers and outdoor adepts, with the region offering a variety of activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, scuba diving and cycling, plus Yport is a good place to sample the local cuisine. There are many restaurants serving fresh seafood and traditional dishes. And of course, Yport is a popular holiday destination for its peaceful surroundings and natural beauty, perfect for holidaymakers looking for a place to relax and unwind.
A picturesque town with narrow streets and old houses, Yvetot is also home to several historic monuments, including the 12th-century Notre-Dame church, the Château de Courtemer, the Grand-Rue washhouse, the drawbridge and the Manoir de La Vache. The area also boasts a wealth of open-air activities, including fishing, hiking, canoeing and mountain biking. The surroundings also provide a wide range of opportunities for tours and excursions, in particular the Château de Harcourt, the Manoir de l'Oiselière, the Moulin de la Louvière and the Jardin de l'Aigle. Every year, the town hosts various cultural events, including the Living Arts Festival, the Games Festival, the Music Festival and the Image Festival.