What to see in France

A trip to Honfleur in Normandy

In the 16th century, the town was the starting point for major explorations and in the 19th century was the birthplace of Impressionism. In all ages, painters and poets have celebrated the town. In Honfleur, it's great to take a walk at the harbour and in the unspoilt districts, where the monuments (especially religious) have withstood the ravages of time.

Not to be missed in Honfleur

Saint Catherine church was listed as a Historic Monument in 1879. It is remarkable because it was entirely made of wood for economic reasons just after the 100 Years War. To build it, materials were used from the shipyards, which is why the church looks like the hull of an upside-down boat. The oak spire was built separately on top of the bell-ringer's house. This makes it the biggest wooden church in France with a separate spire.

Honfleur harbour, in the town centre, is known as the Vieux Bassin (Old Basin). It is one of the main attractions of the town with its narrow, tightly packed houses with their original shape providing the background. The harbour replaced the old tidal basin in 1684, when it proved to be too narrow. You are sure to love the sight of the different coloured houses reflected in the water of the basin.

Les Maisons Satie are a series of three houses with façades and roofs listed as Historic Monuments since 1992. The avant-garde artist and composer Erik Satie was born here. Wearing a pair of earphones, you can stroll through a "series of musical pictures" to the sound of the artist's work. Drawings by Satie and by artists who worked with him are exhibited in a shop selling related products in the third house. An entertaining and enriching visit for all the family.

Les Maisons Satie

67 Boulevard Charles V

14600 HONFLEUR

Tel. 02 31 89 11 11

Opening times: May to September: 10 am to 7 pm. October to April: 11 am to 6 pm.

Admission 2019: Full rate: €6, concessions: €4.80

 

 

Honfleur Tourist Office:

Quai Lepaulmier

14600 HONFLEUR

Tel. (+33) 02 31 89 23 30

 

 

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