Situated on the Southwest of France, Honfleur is a commune in the Calvados department on the southern bank of Siene estuary. Famous for its ancient and quaint ports, this town is a habitat for around 8,200 Honfleurais. Covering a terrain of 13.67 sq.km, the town is typified with painted houses with slate-covered facades.
During the 12th century, the town acted as a point of trade from Rouen to England. From the beginning of the Hundred Years War, the town was benefited from the strategic positions, with the defences strengthened by Charles V. However, it was later occupied by the English. The town was profited until the 18th from the end of the war. It struggled to trade with Canada, West Indies, African Coasts and the Azores, becoming one of the main ports of slave trade.
The town is a home to many ancient monuments, churches, houses and buildings that reflect tradition. It’s a beautiful little harbour which is still used as a fishing port and dock also adds to the tourist attraction along with the scenic beauty of the town. On your travels to France, include Honfleur in your travel itinerary.
Essential travel information and Honfleur tips for your visit
- When planning to visit in summer, remember that the town is crowded with tourists.
- Plan to stay at least for 3-4 days.