There is a long list of things to do in Honfleur that keeps you engaged and bound to the city. Some of which are visiting its Musee Eugene Boudin for a look at the paintings of revered artists such as Monet, Dubourg, Dufy, Friesz, Gernez and of course Boudin,Satie house and museum, Naturospace and walking or driving down one of the most beautiful cable-stayed road bridge in Europe, Le Pont De Normandie. Apart from that, spending at its picturesque port Le Vieux Bassin is one of the best ways to admire the beauty of Honfleur.
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Vieux Bassin, 14600 Honfleur, France
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This picturesque port is undoubtedly the high point on a visit to the Norman town of Honfleur. It was remodelled by Duquesne in the year 1681 under orders from Colbert. This port has a lot to offer to the traveller in terms of visual as well as culinary treats. Quai Saint-Etienne to the south has large stone houses whereas Quai Sainte Catherine has high, narrow wooden houses. This unusual ensemble provides the perfect backdrop to the bobbing yachts harboured here.
The Lieutenance is an eighteenth century building at the entrance of the old harbour. The must-do’s are:
A leisurely stroll through the cobblestone streets.
Ascrumptious meal at the roof top cafes.
Ride the carrousel or the ferris wheel.
This quaint town is sure to offer you visual as well as culinary delights and transports you back in time.
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Rue des Logettes, Honfleur, France
09:00 am - 05:15 pm
Saint Catherine’s Church has the esteemed distinction of being the largest wooden church with a bell tower in France. It was built by sailors in the late 15th century to replace a damaged stone building. The most unusual aspect of its architecture is the roof, which resembles an upturned boat. That and the fact that it is made entirely of wood is testimony to its builders.
This church is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria who is represented carrying a wheel and a sword. It is partly covered with chestnut shingles, locally called ‘essentes’. The bell tower is said to have been built away from the main structure to minimise damage due to lightning. The light streaming from the 19th century stained glass windows is truly a sight to behold.
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Scenic Drive, Bridge, Tour, Architecture
Pont de Normandie, France
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Normandy Bridge connects Le Havre and Honfleur and is one of the most beautiful cable-stayed road bridge in Europe. It crosses the river Seine in a 2km arch with a span of 23.6 metres in width. It was designed by Michel Virlogeux and was completed under the architectural expertise of François Doyelle and Charles Lavigne at the cost of € 233 million. When it was opened on January 20, 1995, it was the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge.
It offers breathtaking views of the Seine while crossing it, especially in good weather. When viewed from Honfleur at night in all its lit up glory, it looks like a glittering spider web up in the sky. There is a bike lane and a narrow footpath for the leisurely traveller who doesn’t mind a bit of exercise.
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Garden, Park, Theme Park, Scenic Drive, Walking Area, Nature
Boulevard Charles V, 14600 Honfleur, France
09:30 am - 05:30 pm
If lush green tropics and colourful fauna are your type of heaven, then Naturospace at Honfleur is where you should be. It is the largest tropical butterfly house in France. This 800 sqft of Rain Forest is a world on its own and an astonishing change from the rest of Honfleur. With a constant atmosphere of 28 ° C this butterfly house is home to a large variety of tropical trees, exotic birds and butterflies in every imaginable colour and shape. It is the perfect place for your kids with its free flying butterflies all around. They favour a variety of perches, curious humans included. Do not miss the hatcher, where you can witness chrysalises opening up and butterflies being born.
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Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Cathedral , Heritage Building
13 Rue des Capucins, 14600 Honfleur, France
08:00 am - 07:00 pm
Notre Dame de Grace is a lovely little chapel on the Plateau de Grace, 2 km west of the Vieux Bassin. It sits on a wooded hill about 100m high and offers the most stunning views of Honfleur. Built in the years between 1600 and 1615, it replaced an older chapel that was destroyed in a landslide. The esplanade offers some breathtaking views of the Siene estuary, Le Havre and Pont de Normandie.
Pilgrims have contributed to the chapel with marble plaques that express their gratitude for answered prayers. The mariners show their contribution through models of ships that hang from the ceiling. This chapel with its bucolic setting and chiming bells has had some pretty famous visitors including Napoleon, Louis XIII and Pierre Berthelot.
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Art And Culture, Museum, Historical Site, Specialty Museum
67 Blvd Charles V, 14600 Honfleur, France
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Popularly known as Maisons Satie, this museum is like no other you would have ever been to. Being the house where the famous composer Erik Satie was born in 1866, it is now a musical tribute to this eccentric musician of the 20th century. A gifted pianist, he was also a painter and writer who collaborated with some of the greatest creative minds of the century including Picasso, Debussy and Braque among others. Touring this museum is as quirky an experience as it can get, aided with some cool technology. Headsets are provided that guide you throughout the place, with motion sensors that sense which exhibit you are at and explaining accordingly. The compositions of Satie that play faintly in the background, really gets you into the mood. The museum uses fun and interactive ways to help us learn about Erik Satie, his works and his time. The experience ranges from bizarre to absolutely magical and definitely unique. The self-powered merry-go-round in the end wraps up the journey in a fitting and fun way.
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Rue de l'Homme de Bois, 14600 Honfleur, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Eugene Boudin Museum is a named after the famous early impressionist painter born in Honfleur. It is a museum cum gallery that exhibits works of great painters like Monet, Dubourg, Dufy, Friesz, Gernez and others apart from Boudin. Founded by Dubourg on April 11, 1868 in the town hall, it was shifted to the chapel of the Augustinian convent in 1924. The museum has undergone several modifications and extensions ever since to become the spacious, elegant art lovers’ abode it is today.
Eugene Boudin (1824 – 1898) was one of the earliest painters to focus on sceneries outside his workshop and was called ‘King of the skies’ by Baudelaire for his ravishing skyscapes. The museum also exhibits Normandy headdresses, costumes and furniture and also offers lovely views of Honfleur from its upper floors.
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Coffee House, Leisure, Market, Shopping Center, Town
Quai Lepaulmier, 14600 Honfleur, France
09:30 am - 07:00 pm
The tourism office of Honfleur is a charming building about 2 minutes from the Vieux Bassin. It is the focal point of all tourist activities and they provide a variety of services to the avid tourist. They provide free maps and guidebooks on Honfleur and its surroundings. They organize a variety of events to enhance the Honfleur experience. They include book exhibitions, group seminars, concerts, themed guided visits and other cultural events. All kinds of queries regarding accommodation, entertainment and restaurants are answered and the place also comes with a well-stocked boutique and gift shop.
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Museum, Outdoors, Exhibition , Specialty Museum
Quai St Etienne, 14602 Honfleur, France
10:00 am - 06:30 pm
This little museum situated very near to the Vieux Bassin is very easily missed out if you don’t keep an eye out for it. It consists of two parts- a charming old house and an even older church, both of which house artefacts from the Norman period. The old house part exhibits all sorts of household objects and goods and recreates Norman living rooms and shops of that era. The church part of it is wholly dedicated to ships and everything else to do with them and has some lovely stain glass windows adorning its walls.
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Beach, Sport, Walking Area, Entertainment, Play, Family And Kids, Water Sport
Phare du Butin, Boulevard Charles V, 14600 Honfleur, France
12:01 am - 12:00 am
What other place could be more perfect to experience a port town than its own beaches? A stroll from the centre of Honfleur through the Naturospace brings you to the Butin beach which is a great place for a walk and play with your children. The added bonuses include free parking, playgrounds for children, showers and rental equipment. You can indulge in swimming during a high tide and collecting mussels in a low tide. This beach has been the focus of paintings by several impressionist painters.
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Garden, Walking Area, Nature
La Jetee de l'Ouest, Boulevard Charles V, 14600 Honfleur, France
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
The Garden of Personalities spans over ten acres of landscaped grounds located surprisingly near to the sea. It was inaugurated in 2004 by Michael Lamare, Mayor of Honfleur who was also the initiator for this project. The boat-gardens here are dotted with busts of famous personalities who have a large contribution to Honfleur’s historical and cultural heritage. The personalities who are paid homage here include –
Painters: Eugene Boudin, Alexandre Dubourg, Claude Monet
Artists: Erik Satie, Charles Boudelaire, Alphonse Allais
Browsers: BinotLepaulmierGonneville, Pierre Berthelot
Historical figures: Charles V, Jean-Baptiste Colbert
Several unique events are organised every year that prove to be fantastic experiences for the tourists who want to get know Honfleur better. It is the perfect place for a walk to invigorate yourself at the hands of nature and glimpse into Honfleur’s vibrant past. It also has some lovely views of the Seine, the beaches and other attractions.
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Outdoors, Leisure, Spa
Chemin Paul Ruel, 14113 Cricquebœuf, France
10:00 am - 09:00 pm
The spa is a part of the Manoir de la Poterie, a 4 star hotel. It is around 9.5 kms from Honfleur and a 12 minutes’ walk from the beach. The spa provides state of the art facilities like
A steam room
An exercise room
A steam room
Along with the mandatory treatment booths. The pool is heated to 30 degree Celsius to aid in a relaxing sink. The exercise room is equipped with all the necessary fitness equipments for the ones who consider a day without exercising is a day lost. The spa offers various therapeutic and beauty treatments to pamper your body.
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View Point, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Boating
55 chemin des Varets, 14600 Honfleur, France
11:45 am - 04:30 pm
Boat rides along the coasts of Honfleur are a must-do activity while visiting this charming fishing village. A variety of boats are available for taking a ride through Honfleur’s boats and they come with narrators who explain the views and the port activity. The ride gives you some spectacular views of the port of Honfleur, the Normandy Bridge, the beaches and the harbours. It is a great way to enjoy the Norman Sea and the sights with your family.
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Outdoors, Food And Drinks, Winery, Shopping Center, Exhibition
19 Rue de la ville, 14600 Honfleur, France
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Situated right at the heart of Honfleur, this little store that specializes in calvados is a delight to visit. A charming manager who is only too obliging to help with every possible detail on the making of the calvados, the tasting is uniquely informative. Apart from a delightfully large variety of calvados and liquor, they also have a superb range of jams of every type imaginable. They also have a couple of good old honey to choose from. Scents of apple and wood ambush us in the most pleasurable way on entering. This cosy, charming store is a great experience in itself with a stunning range of wines and calvados to appease any type of palate.
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Museum, Outdoors, Exhibition , Specialty Museum
Quai Saint-Etienne, 14600 Honfleur, France
10:00 am - 06:30 pm
The Maritime Museum is located on the east shore of the Vieux basin and almost next door to the salt cellars. It is housed in the building that was once upon a time church Saint-Etienne, the oldest church in Honfleur, being built in the 14th century. All through the 18th century, it served different purposes, including being a store, theatre,commodity exchange house and customs warehouse until it 1899. It has been the Marine Museum since 1976, designed by the then curator, Pierre Orange. It had contributions from several generations of the Honfleurfolk in the form of ship models, engravings, maps, paintings, plans, etc. The exhibits speak of the ever flourishing sea-faring history of Honfleur. Categorized into five separate themes, the visit is very informative and brings out the best of the marine enthusiast in you.