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Honfleur

 

This is a gem ! Honfleur is a key tourist destination in Normandy, and you too will certainly be enchanted by this lovely port, which has inspired so many artists.


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Honfleur offers the warm welcome of a little town.
This little maritime city, which has somehow escaped the ravages of time, has managed to preserve the traces of a rich historical past, which make it one of the most visited towns in France, with its picturesque backstreets and old houses. Its international renown is partly due to the authenticity of its narrow paved streets and timber-framed house-fronts, its little shops, charming hotels and typical restaurants, but also to the variety of its monuments and the wealth of its cultural and artistic heritage. 
Simultaneously fishing harbour, marina and commercial port, Honfleur has succeeded in making the most of its rich historical and artistic heritage.

Honfleur, a town of painters and Impressionism, possesses that something extra that makes it irresistible. The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Courbet, Monet, Boudin and many others. Today dozens of galleries and artists' studios continue to display a wide choice of classical and modern paintings.  

 

Virtual tour of Honfleur

Find out more about the Impressionist movement

 

 

Worth a visit

 

 

 

  • The exceptional Vieux-Bassin, (old dock) in the heart of the town, and the high, narrow old houses which overlook the harbour on three sides.

  • The Lieutenance (Lieutenancy) and the Porte de Caen (Caen Gate), relics of the old fortifications.

  • Saint Catherine's Church built entirely of wood.

  • Maritime museum The Church of Saint-Étienne has become the museum of Old Honfleur, where you will discover the fascinating story of explorers such as Roberval, who left for Canada in 1541, or the Marquis de la Roche (1596).  

  • The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Chapel has relics of the first explorations that marked the beginning of the first colonisations in New France (Canada). One of the oldest sanctuaries in the area still stands on the plateau de Grâce, surrounded by ancient trees.
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  • Eugène Boudin Museum houses many paintings by the 19th and 20th century painters from Honfleur and the Estuary (Cals, Dubourg, Jongkind, Monet, Courbet, Pecrus, Dufy, Gernez…). Also on display: drawings and paintings bequeathed to his birth town by Eugène Boudin in 1898
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  • Les Maisons Satie house a musical and visual museum paying tribute to Erik Satie, musician and composer born in this very place in 1866 
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  • The Greniers à sel (Salt granaries):  these vast stone buildings dating from 1670 could store up to 10,000 tons of salt. Today they are the prestigious framework for exhibitions, concerts and conferences.  

  • Staying in Honfleur is also... strolling along the backstreets, to find monuments, museums and traditional markets, boarding a boat for a trip around the estuary, going to a concert or an exhibition in the salt granaries, or spending a few quiet moments on the beach ....

  • With its exceptional geographical position, Honfleur can be the point of departure for any number of escapades inland in the Auge country, to discover the route du cidre or the route des fromages, and also for walks around the Seine estuary in the steps of the impressionists...

Not to be missed

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