Falaises d'Etretat, Etretat

#1 of 21 in Nature in Normandy
Must see · Lookout · Geologic Formation
Discover the majestic chalk cliffs of Falaises d'Etretat, which inspired artists like Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet, and Claude Monet. These world-renowned cliffs are home to many species of plant and animal life, including seabirds such as herring gulls, arctic fulmars, and peregrine falcons. At low tide, you can walk out onto the beach and see oyster beds dating back to the 17th century. Look for a hole in a cliff known as "trou à l'homme." Sea cabbage and red grass are protected species that grow along the coast. Many caves line the coast, with several that are accessible only by boat during calm weather. Make Falaises d'Etretat a centerpiece of your Etretat vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Etretat trip planning site.
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  • We walked from the Étretat to the lighthouse on south at the seafront during a low tide (needs some climbing) and walked back on top of them. The cliffs are one of the most impressive thing I've ever....  more »
  • Don't expect an idyllic experience. It's so busy (and this was during covid). Difficult to find a parking spot, even on the huge parking lot outside of town. The coast line is very beautiful. We...  more »
  • The entire coastline is beautiful. There are many towns along the cliffs and they are all lovely. We loved veules les roses a bit further north.  more »
  • I really enjoyed every moment. It so was so beautiful
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  • Impressive view but a shame about the access How not to take this walk! The view from these cliffs is really beautiful. However it must be earned ... Access is physical and the climb is steep even if the path is relatively well bodied. Handicapped people, physically weak or elderly people and families with very young children go your way ... The car parks are also too far away. Too bad ... The tone is set upon entering the city. Park outside the city and come on foot. The city center is almost pedestrianized. This does not prevent big traffic jams during crowds ... rep rethink the access level. Very touristy place so calculate your coming well if you don't like crowds. The promenade by the sea is very pleasant.

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