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They stand out on the Alabaster Coast as three vertical limestone rocks jutting out from the coast and plunging into the sea. They are the Manneporte, the Courtine and l’Aiguille, which have inspired so many painters and can be discovered from the shore, by boat or on a path on the Channel.

Built between the 10th and 13th centuries, the imposing cathedral preserves both a Romanesque and Gothic style. We like its 70 brightly colored stained glass windows, some of them made with the famous yellow of Évreux with silver salt.

Le Gros Horloge (the Great Clock) is a beautiful Renaissance pavilion that crosses the street and displays a horological dial. From the bell tower platform you will have panoramic views over the rooftops of old Rouen and the Gothic towers of the magnificent cathedral, which houses the relic of Richard the Lionheart’s heart.

Strolling along the port of Dieppe is like immersing yourself in the luminous paintings of Turner, Pissaro or Gauguin, all of them subjugated by the colors of the houses reflected in the water and by the animation of the quays.

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This alternative travel guide is created for a 7-day trip by car, touring the entire region of Normandy, northern France. Paris is taken as the starting point. The guide is designed so that you can make the trip on your own, and includes all the help you need to do so. It is composed of a general practical guide of the country, the detailed itinerary day by day and step by step, with visits and activities included, a section of practical information that will help you with all the necessary reservations and / or hiring and that provides you with all the links you may need and a budget breakdown of the total cost of the trip.


Monet, Courbet, Boudin and many other renowned artists passed through Honfleur. It is not for nothing that so many French impressionists inspired their art in these lands at the beginning of the 20th century. There is only one reason: Honfleur is simply charming. This is because it retains much of the splendor of those times, therefore, it is possible to enjoy its charming medieval streets, its wooden church of the fifteenth century, the port and attractive half-timbered houses.

Faced with this situation, King Charles III reached an agreement in the early 10th century with a Viking warlord named Rollo to settle in the Honfleur area. The objective was that they would protect the entrance to the estuary and prevent looting by other Viking groups. One of the conditions of the agreement was that Rollo converted to Christianity. In addition, he became the first duke of Normandy, thus baptizing the region (Normand, meaning men of the North). If you are interested in learning more about the history, you can watch the popular TV series Vikings.

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The region of Haute-Normandie is so called because it is located a little further north than its neighbor, Basse-Normandie. The Seine, the great river of the North of France, saving the Rhine, separates the two departments of Lower Normandy. The bridge of the same name joins them practically at its mouth, being today a must-see monument especially if after visiting the beaches of the Landing, we head to the spectacular cliffs of Etretat. To save the Seine cross the great bridge of Normandy, a work of engineering that stands out for its great height. Since the coastal Normandy is a plain to rise on the bridge we will have a spectacular view of the city of Le Havre and the entire coastline of Lower and Upper Normandy.

Le Havre is a port city with a manufacturing past and present. It has therefore been somewhat neglected by the tourist circuits. Its rapid industrial growth in the 19th century and the hard sufferings of the 20th century (destruction during World War II and industrial reconversion in the 70s and 80s) had left it in a not too buoyant state. However, since the end of part of the industrial development, the city has sought other channels of growth and has diversified. In 2005, the urban reformulation and reconversion of the entire city center became a UNESCO heritage site. The institution recognized the innovative use of concrete, a material reviled ad nauseam, as a rare example of successful urban planning. This is why lovers of contemporary architecture and urban planning should visit the city, along, of course, with the Normandy Bridge on its doorstep.

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