Etretat, a romantic open-air theatre overlooking the Channel, has provided inspiration to some of the most illustrious artists, and even a brief visit is enough to understand why.
Although the time is long past when women came to wash their linen on the beach, Etretat is still a place where emotions are real and man is in direct contact with Nature at its most beautiful and fragile.
The astonishing verticality of the cliffs of the Alabaster Coast contrasts perfectly with the gentle roundness of the shore. The waves of pebbles on which children love to slide reflect those of the sea, and transport you into a world of dreams.
Will you let yourself be tempted by a boat trip, or do you prefer to discover the cliffs, following trails that overhang the Channel ?
Whether you are aboard a small craft or on the summit of these limestone dignities, you can only marvel at the splendour of a completely unique seascape. Even if the treasure of the Kings of France were hidden somewhere in these mysterious surroundings, legends do not need to be written, here they have their own lives in this setting whose ageless renown has not undermined its wild beauty.
Nungesser and Coli Monument : This astonishing spire has risen above the town since 1963, and pays tribute to two aviators who attempted the first Atlantic crossing in their aircraft, the Oiseau Blanc.
The golf Course : The course is in an exceptional position, and playing golf at Etretat, perched more than 150 ft above the sea, is a fantastic experience. The famous N°10 hole was redesigned this year, 100 years after the course was created, and is now even more spectacular, but that has to be seen to be believed !