Honfleur is located between the tidal estuary of the Seine and the "Pays d'Auge" and is the prefect retreat at any time of year. As both a sea and river port, the picturesque town of Honfleur has
preserved its rich artistic and historic heritage.
Honfleur is far more than a traditional French port, the characteristic Normandy architecture, with it’s tall merchant houses and sharply pitched slate roofs make Honfleur a truly unique place.
The cobbled streets meander around the ancient harbour, which can be traced back as early as the Viking period. It rightly remains one of France’s top 20 tourist destinations.
Although travelling to Honfleur is easiest by car once you arrive you will find that everything in Honfleur is accessible by foot. The beach is less than a 20-minute stroll, and the park with open-air swimming pool, tennis courts and mini golf course are all within a short distance.
Perhaps the most famous reason to visit Honfleur is for the fantastic selection of restaurants. Honfleur is a true gastronomic paradise – with restaurants that would not be out of place in the stylish streets of Paris – in fact Honfleur is very popular with fashionable Parisians getting away from the city at the weekend.
Honfleur is also famous for it’s great tradition as a centre for artists. This is reflected in the number of art galleries in Honfleur and the number of artists who have lived and worked in the region. Honfleur has inspired the likes of Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, who formed the école de Honfleur, which contributed to the appearance of the impressionist movement.
The Saturday market is also a great attraction for foodies keen to stock up on traditional Normandy produce, and also perfect for picnic lunches! The market is a real focal point for locals and tourists. Beginning very early in the morning and finishing at 1.00 pm the market provides a meeting point for the region's farmers: eggs, cheese, butter, cream and other famous diary products of Normandy are available, as well as chicken and all kinds of local food, including fish, olives, spices and charcuterie. On the other side of the harbour there is a market selling clothes, flowers, leather goods and household items.
If you have time to venture outside Honfleur you couldn’t be better placed to explore the surrounding region: the Pays d'Auge, the D-Day beaches, the Seine Valley, historic Norman Abbeys, the coast from Dieppe to Le Havre and from Honfleur to Caen. Paris is just a 2 hour drive (or a romantic river cruise away) and there are countless famous attractions such as, Monet’s gardens at Giverny and the Bayeaux Tapestry, that are all within easy reach.
The famous beach resorts of Deauville and Trouville are only a short drive away; famous for its annual film festival and horse racing, Deauville also boasts a casino and a large array of designer shops.
Normandy beaches of World War II e.g. Omaha and Utah and the Peace Museum at Caen.
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