You will arrive in Honfleur by sea from the Seine estuary or by road, probably after taking the famous Normandy Bridge, one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world. In any case, you will be seduced by Honfleur, a discreet fishing village that has become over time the true tourist pearl of Calvados and Normandy.
We can understand this enthusiasm by the beauty and authenticity of the places. All you have to do is walk along the Quai Sainte-Catherine along the picturesque Vieux Bassin, the historic port of Honfleur, bordered by traditional houses, listed as historic monuments, whose slate-covered façades are reflected in the waters of the basin. All you have to do is walk around the Lieutenance and the Saint-Catherine church, the largest church in France entirely built of wood with its famous separate bell tower, or simply stroll through the small streets of the Quartier de l'Enclos between the typically Norman half-timbered houses to fall under Honfleur's charm.
Moreover, the most illustrious impressionist painters of the 19th century were not mistaken: from Eugène Boudin to Claude Monet and their friend, the famous poet Charles Baudelaire, all succumbed to Honfleur's beauty and in particular his natural light with unique and romantic reflections. Today, Honfleur is still marked by this pictorial heritage and is home to many art galleries and artists' studios. The many painters, amateurs or professionals, who train their easels along the Old Basin bear witness to this.
From pictorial arts to tableware, there is often only one step. Honfleur has top quality restaurants, including starred restaurants. Because if the city of Honfleur has become a major tourist site, it should not be forgotten that it remains a fishing port and an essential place for all producers of fresh products, mostly organic, from Normandy. You can see this by visiting its fish market where traditional fishermen deliver fish and shellfish caught the same day. Don't miss the speciality of the area: Honfleur's grey shrimp, which the locals call 'la petite grise' and which they even celebrate every year at the beginning of October during a celebration dedicated to it!
Besides its cultural, historical and culinary heritage, Honfleur is also a charming seaside resort nestled in an exceptional natural environment. On the sea side, in summer you can enjoy the beaches of Butin or Vasouy by continuing along the coast. If you wish, you can also opt for a sea trip or even a cruise, either to the open sea or inland to Paris with a river cruise! Indeed, the unique position of Honfleur, an estuary city between the Seine and the sea, offers you many possibilities for escape, from a simple daily excursion to a long-distance trip.
Finally, on the natural side, do not hesitate to discover the Côte Fleurie and its hinterland, the Pays d'Auge, from Honfleur. You can admire the striking contrast between the splendour of the coastline with its legendary seaside resorts, including the famous Deauville, and the bucolic beauty of the Pays d'Auge with its green countryside, its half-timbered mansions and its many gastronomic specialities, including the famous Norman cider or the famous Norman cheeses such as Camembert or Pont-L'évêque.
So many reasons to visit Honfleur and experience a truly exotic stay in the heart of Normandy, somewhere between land, Seine and sea.