Le Havre combines the attractions of a modern, vibrant and busy city, the dynamism of a major European port and the charm of a seaside resort.
Le Havre is as important a commercial port as it is a popular yachting destination.
Its 2km of beach open onto the Seine estuary, once the backdrop for many Impressionist artists who loved the effect of the light, including Monet as seen in his "Sunrise at Le Havre". Completely destroyed during the 1944 bombardments, the city was rebuilt in modernist style by famous architect Auguste Perret, and has now been recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.
The Malraux Museum is worth a visit as it houses an impressive collection of Modernist works together with art from preceding centuries and contemporary art. The Notre Dame cathedral, Natural History Museum and the Graville Priory also deserve a mention.
Like many European ports, le Havre offers a lively, buzzing atmosphere in the evening, a great nightlife.
And you'll love the old docks refurbished into a shopping centre!