Etretat, Normandy - France
Etretat was at first a fishing village essentially turned towards the sea. It was only at the time of the sea baths, at the beginning of the 1900s, that the activity of the city diversified a little with the " spa treatments ". The Parisians, they have built luxury villas, which stretch along the coast between Etretat and Le Tréport.
You will discover here the personalities who have contributed to the renown of Etretat around the world. At the forefront of which we find :
- in the painter category : Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse,
- the composer Jacques Offenbach, resident and host of memorable evenings,
- in the writer category : Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Maurice Leblanc, Victor Hugo and Alphonse Karr.
For your information, Etretat is about equidistant in driving time:
- from Fécamp (capital of the Dukes of Normandy) to the north and always at the seaside,
- from Le Havre, to the south and always at the seaside and in the Bay of Seine,
- from Bréauté-Beuzeville, the nearest SNCF train station from Paris.
The nearest ferry terminal from Etretat is Le Havre (ex Portsmouth / UK).The nearest airport is Deauville (1 hour drive) or Caen (105 minute drive), depending from your origin.
You will find near Etretat :
- a marine golf of 18 holes on top of the cliffs in front of the sea,
- Seafood restaurants with sea views,
- A casino,
- The Oiseau Blanc de Nungesser et Coli,
- The Nungesser and Coli Museum (1) become the city's heritage museum,
- La Guillette, Guy de Maupassant' house,
- Le Clos Lupin, Maurice Leblanc' house,
- The cliffside leisure park "Les Roches" for children,
- The Bruneval site (February 1942 raid known as "Operation Biting"),
- The Valleuse de Bénouville (2), a must for pilots shot in the region,
- A goat cheese factory to visit,
- The oil port of Le Havre-Antifer downstream from Cap d'Antifer.
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(1) The White Bird was the name of the plane of the airmen Nungesser and Coli who tried for the first time to cross the Atlantic non-stop. The first version of the monument was a real replica of the plane. Too visible and too easily identifiable, it served as a landmark to the RAF during its bombing. As a result, the Nazis decided to dynamite the monument. During the period of the Reconstruction, the financial means being limited, this simple white arrow replaced the replica of the plane.
(2) The valleuse du Cure in Bénouville included a staircase of 283 steps leading to the beach, dug into the cliff. Father Desson-de-Saint-Aignan was at the origin of its construction, in 1883, having it digging steps as a penance. It collapsed in July 2001.