Must Visit Places : Etretat, Normandy, France

December 15, 2011 by

Must Visit Places : Etretat, Normandy, France

Etretat is found in the Seine-Maritime department of Normandy, 20 kilometres north of Le Havre. The town is on the Normandy coast, and is renowned for its 70 metre high picture postcard white cliffs, and the arches and tunnels in the cliffs that jut out to sea, and a large rock needle. Both the cliffs and village are the scenic highlight of the region and not to be missed if you visiting this part of Normandy.

Three massive natural stone arches at both ends of Etretat Plage inspired the impressionist painters Boudin, Monet and Manet. This stretch of Alabaster Coast, northeast of Le Havre, has been classified as a site of “national importance”. The pebbled beach, sparked with quartz geodes, is wrapped in dramatic cliffs eroded into giant formations and offshore needles. Two of the arches, the Porte d’Aval and the Porte Amont, can be seen from the town; a third, the Manneport, only reveals itself after a walk at low tide when 17th century oyster beds also emerge from the sea.

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