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Things to do in Honfleur

Things to do in  Honfleur

Welcome to Honfleur

Pastel-painted townhouses and colorful fishing boats jostle for space along Honfleur's Vieux Bassin, the postcard star of Normandy's Côte Fleurie (Flower Coast). Picturesque viewpoints abound throughout the Old Town, where the cobblestone lanes and half-timbered buildings harbor terrace cafés, chic restaurants, and art galleries which mark the town's Impressionist legacy—exploring the area is one of the top things to do in Honfleur. Perched at the mouth of the Seine River, Honfleur is also often the first stop for cruise visitors arriving at neighboring Le Havre, a scenic drive across the landmark Pont de Normandy bridge.

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Is Honfleur worth visiting?

Yes. Honfleur is among the prettiest towns on the Normandy coast. It was originally built for trade, and now the picturesque harbor looks a little like Copenhagen scaled down. It’s been around a while, first appearing on records in 1027 AD. Honfleur has attracted many artists, including Claude Monet.

What is Honfleur known for?

Honfleur is known for having a picturesque and exceptionally well-preserved old port. It’s a medieval town, filled with half-timber houses, and it has a wooden church dating from the 15th century. It is also famous for its association with artists. Turner and Monet are two notables who painted the town.

When should I go to Honfleur?

Summer is the best season to visit Honfleur. Its location on the Seine estuary means there are plenty of nearby beaches. Nov. through Jan. sees the most rainfall, but if you don’t mind wrapping up against the elements, it’s also when Honfleur’s harbor is the quietest, with few tourists.

Is Honfleur close to Paris?

It depends on your perspective. Honfleur can be visited on a day trip from Paris, but it’s not next door. The drive takes two and a half hours without traffic, and there are regular buses linking the two. Trains run from Paris to Le Havre, which is a 30-minute drive.

How do you spend the perfect day in Honfleur?

Start by walking around Honfleur’s historic harbor. If the weather is nice, you’ll probably see artists painting the half-timber buildings reflecting on the water. From there, walk to Saint Catherine’s Church, the famous 15th century wooden church. The Notre-Dame de Grace chapel is unmissable and very unique-looking, too.

How many days should I spend in Honfleur?

Three is a good start. Exploring the town—visiting the museums as well as the harbor and churches—will keep you busy for at least two. Best of the bunch is the Eugène Boudin Museum, showcasing works by Boudin who was Monet’s mentor. Don’t miss sampling Calvados brandy from the region, too.


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