One day in Normandy

Few weeks ago, my German friend Sarah, who I’ve meet in South Africa, came to visit me. As we had a super sunny and warm Saturday ahead of us, I’ve decided to show her a bit of Normandy. As summer is almost here, I thought that I would share with you some ideas on what you can do on a sunny day around this part of France.


Only a couple of hours driving from Paris, you have the nice city of Etretat. This town is really famous because of its beautiful cliffs. You can spend a whole day at the beach there (just so you know it is a shingle beach 😉 ). But not only, there are few walks you could do :

  • The Amont Cliffs: you can walk on top of it and get a different perspective of the Aval Door. In this walk, you could see the Notre Dame de la Garde Chapel and the nice lookout you have from there. If you walk a bit further, you can meet some Normandy cows but also another view on the coast. It is not a really hard walk to go up there. 😉
  • The Aval Door :on the other hand you can also walk up the cliff by following the path. You will have few viewpoints to take amazing pictures, especially if the sky is clear. While up there, you will be able to discover a new door made in the rock.
  • The indoor market : that’s a touristic place where you could buy your postcards and other souvenirs.
  • The oyster bed from the 18th century and the famous manhole: at low tide, you could see them and walk there. Just be careful to not stay stuck there when the tide goes back up.

If you go there by car, you can park in the free car park at the entrance of the city. It’s only 10minutes walk from the beach. 😉


Less than an hour away from Etretat (crossing the Normandy bridge) or a bit more than 2 hours from Paris by car, there is the cute city of Honfleur. The best thing to do there is probably to walk around the city, getting lost in the streets and visit the different churches.

This city is really famous for its Vieux Bassin. This place is really photogenic. You can find a lot of nice bars and restaurants all around it. One of them is L’albatros. A nice place to have a drink but keep in mind as it’s really touristic, it is also a bit more expensive than if you go further away from Le Vieux Bassin.

Have you already been there and have any recommandations ?

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