The cliffs of Etretat

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The cliffs of Etretat

Once modest fishing village, Etretat became a renowned resort. The look extraordinary and monumental of its almost immaculate white chalk cliffs and its greyish pebble beaches have made one of the places of international tourism.

Painters like Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin or Claude Monet contributed much to its advertising in immortalizing the specificity. Writers like Gustave Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant were of the faithful of the place while Maurice Leblanc, who lived there, contributed to the myth surrounding the site in an adventure of Arsène Lupin entitled "hand hollow.

Brief summary of history

The 19th century was a period hinge for Etretat that fishing village, will become seaside town. Little by little, the traditional fishing activity will be supplanted by tourism. Etretat succumbs to the fashion of sea bathing until 1843. It is also at this time that we start to build resort-style villas.

More and more, instead of Etretat takes of international tourist venue, stimulated by the celebrity of the cliffs popularized by the paintings by Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet. The proximity of Paris, le Havre and Rouen, thanks to modern means of transport, is not foreign to the success of the place.

The cliffs of Etretat

True romantic theatre opened on the channel, the cliffs of Etretat inspired the most illustrious artists. On the spot it is clear why. The singular form of its cliffs, whether it's the cliffs of downstream and upstream, the Manneporte, the curtain wall or needle, invite to the imagination.
There are beautiful ballads to make, but it does not depart much from Etretat. They are enough sports because descents and ascents are harsh. It should be noted that multiple paths which allowed access to the bottom of the cliffs are banned as too dangerous and too difficult to maintain.

The village of Etretat

  • Notre-Dame church dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries, it has been redesigned in the 19th century. The Church has a traditional Latin cross plan. Above the crossing of the transept rises a Lantern Tower on four pillars, characteristic of the Norman and English Gothic styles.
  • The Etretat halls are a reconstruction of halls for traditional wooden, executed in part with old materials. It is home to merchants and craftsmen who are selling souvenirs and other items.
  • The Manoir de la Salamandre is part of the oldest buildings of Etretat, but it's a remount.
  • Villa Orpheus, which dominates the Bay of Etretat was built by Jacques Offenbach in 1858 the success to Orpheus in the underworld.
  • The castle of the Aygues was the seaside residence of Queens of Spain Christine and Isabel II.

Le Clos Arsène Lupin

Clos Lupin is the study of Maurice Leblanc, a Hermitage half-timbered, surrounded by a garden à la française. The writer baptized him Clos Lupin, in homage to his hero Arsène Lupin and flowers, lupines that he had planted. The mansion has been transformed into a museum.

Clos Arsène Lupin - 15 rue Guy de Maupassant, 76790 Etretat - Tel. + 33 (0) 2 35 10 59 53.

The golf of Etretat

This field of golf enjoys an exceptional site overlooking the sea and the Bay of Etretat, this is one of the three most outstanding marine golf courses in France. What about the legendary N ° 10 hole? The golf was established 1908 by architects Chantepie and Fruchet. 18 holes - Par 72 - 6'018 metres.

Golf of Etretat - Route du Havre, 76790 Etretat - Tel. + 33 (0) 2 35 27 04 89.

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Good to know :
Office of tourism of Etretat Place Maurice Guillard, 76790 Etretat Tel. + 33 (0) 2 35 27 05 21

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