Normandy is probably one of my favourite places for a little weekend getaway from Paris. There are lots of places to visit: the large port town Le Havre, Mont Saint Michel (which is a must see in my opinion), Rouen, Giverny with Claude Monet’s house and garden full of flowers and of course Etretat with stunning views of the cliffs.
I’ve been to most of these places before so this time I chose Fecamp for our little trip. Surrounded by the tallest cliffs in Normandy reaching close to 100 meters in height, Fecamp is a charming little town. It has a calm and relaxed vibe, perfect for walking, reading books on the beach and exploring the surroundings.
The beach is rocky so it is not the perfect place for swimming but we didn’t have really warm weather anyway. We did see one of the prettiest sunsets, while enjoying a swirly ice-cream. Oh, now I want to go back!
Don’t miss the the Abbey Church of the Trinity (L’Abbatiale de la Trinite) or the Palais Benedictine, an impressive palace built for Alexandre Le Grand, the entrepreneur who developed the Benedictine alcoholic herbal drink.
For eating I would recommend trying mussels with fries (moules frites) on one of the terasses on the beach, they are delicious and the portions are huge. I would also highly recommend Le Vicomte for a traditional french cuisine. It is a small, really cozy restaurant run by a sweet couple. They do a fixed menu every day and I can honestly say that the food is delicious!
On the second day we also visited Yport, a small village only a couple of kilometers away from Fecamp. I love discovering small charming villages and this one did not disappoint. With stunning views on the cliffs and adorable houses it makes you want to move there! Although I have to admit I could not imagine myself in such a small town yet, for now I enjoy too much everything that Paris has to offer.
Have a lovely week!