Until 1204, Fécamp was the residence of the Dukes of Normandy. Today it is a City of Art and History.
Fécamp developed over the centuries to become the leading French cod-fishing port, and a museum is devoted to the "Terre-neuvas", the Fécamp fishermen who caught cod in the waters off Newfoundland. The fishermen's houses can be seen by the port, and their chapel on the cliffs, with its votive boats (which express a wish) is worth the visit.
Situated on the alabaster Coast, Fécamp's authenticity and natural charm appeal to visitors. The abbey church of the Holy Trinity, the palace of the Dukes of Normandy and the rich collections in the terre-veuvas museum are not to be missed. The heady perfume of plants and spices which go into the famous liquor make it difficult to pass by the impressive Benedictine Palace without stepping inside.
A few miles from Fécamp, visit the little fishing village of Yport in its quiet valley. In 1929, Yport was classified as a seaside resort, and welcomed many celebrities, including Dieterle, Maupassant, Gide, Laurens and Boudin. The resort architecture of that period is still well represented in Fécamp, Yport and Vattetot-sur-Mer. Its eclectic style combines Art Nouveau and Neo-Norman, characterised by large volumes and wide bay windows.