35 Avenue George V, Etretat, 76790, France
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Church and Memorial on the Cliff Top
White cliffs with their specific coastal flora
Architecture from nature
Travel Tips for Étretat
The official website of the town of Etretat is www.etretat.net. There are versions in several languages including English. The site is full of interesting information and should help you to plan your trip.
However, I much prefer the unofficial site www.etretat.com. Unfortunately it has not been translated but if you can read French check it out. This site suggests that in order to get the best photos you should visit the Amont in the morning and the Aval in the afternoon. I'm going to take this advice and we'll see how my photos come out.
Back from Etretat and I think this is very good advice.
Rain gear, good shoes and a walking stick
It rains a lot especially in the off season so make sure you are prepared.
Good shoes are essential not only for cliff hiking but also for walking out on the beach in low tide (those big galets and stones can be painful for sensitive feet). Some of the paths are really muddy and slippery so a walking stick might also be useful. And then of course do not forget a windbreaker with a hood. Bring all you photography stuff! Etretat is a paradise for artists and you will get some great photos here. Fishing pole, surfboard, wetsuit, swimsuit depending on the season.... Bring your paints, pastels or whatever you create with.
Also a piece of plastic or other waterproof material is a good thing to have if you want to sit on the beach or the benches. Sometimes it just rains a little and then the sun comes out but everything is still wet so...where to sit?
Adventure walking (part 1)
As I told before, you can walk on the beach on low tide for at least 1hour straight. To know how, ask the old man in the corner of the street … and you will find “the path” :-)
.. or you can find more details in my "things to do" tips
I took this picture because I...
I took this picture because I was amazed at how long it stays light in northern France. In the summer, it's normal that the sky won't get totally dark until 11pm. I took this picture at 7pm...and it looks like noonday sun! Crazy!
The Falaise d'Amont
This is the wilder scenery on the western side of the Bay with dramatic arches dipping their feet into the waves. In rough seas you can almost see how the erosion takes place.
The sunsets to be seen here are memorable and this, I think, is the picture of Etretat that people take away with them.
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